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Bryony's Traves in Time and Space (BBGirl55)

This is a continuation of the topic Bryony's Traves in Time and Space (BBGirl55).

This topic was continued by Bryony's Traves in Time and Space (BBGirl55) part 3.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 5:56pm Top

OK so this is unheard of. I have a Second Thread already!

I'm Bryony. I love books, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Musicals, Movies from 40's and 50's and Cake

One of my Man Crushes:

One of my Woman Crushes:

Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 6:16pm Top

How I rate books:

*****Best Book Ever. will read it again countless times.
****1/2Almost perfect, book will be kept, might read again.
**** Enjoyable book and would recommend to others.
***1/2 Enjoyable book.
*** Was good.
**1/2 had an ok story or was written ok.
** it had words it made sense I suppose.
*1/2oh no no no no!
* Blah!

Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 6:18pm Top

List to complete #1

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 6:20pm Top

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 6:22pm Top

Challenges for 2018

1. Read more book then I did in 2017

2017 total: 25 2018 current total: 11

2. Read 1 book for every completed season of a TV show on Netflix.

Netflix: 3 Books: 11

3. Read 5 book from my kindle.

Total: 0

4. Complete 2 books from my pick-up and keep putting down list. (also known as 'Oh look a Harry Potter book)

The Pick-ups and keep putting downs:

Changeless by Gail Carriger
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

5. Continue with the Gift-wrapped list:

1. Books, Books, Books.
2.Children's, Adventure, lost in a new world, 1st in series
3. Fiction, Dark, Twisted trip down the rabbit hole.
4. Fiction, 'In a blink it appeared', Love & Magic.
5. Young Adult, Magic School, Love & Hate
6. Fiction, Simi Dystopian, altered Animals, calls himself Snowman.
7. Young Adult, Romance odd couple.
8. Young Adult, 'We just want to get on with our lives, 'we are not Chosen but we are awesome'.
9.Fantasy/Horror, Dark, Twisted trip down the rabbit hole.
10.Children's, Lost in a new world, 1st in a series.
11.Children's, Adventure, hidden world, making use of things.
12. Steampunk & Spies
13. Scifi, Time travel, humour, race against time.
14. Fiction, Books, Books, a bit of mystery and more books
15. Scifi, Cyberpunk, Gritty, classic.
16. Fiction, Trains, books and romance.
17. Scifi, Dystopian, cure for death, war has begun, happiest place on earth.
18. Fiction, Loss.
19. Fantasy, Romance, Sky pirates', fallen star.
20. Fiction, Satire, Dog nonsense.
21. Romance, Anti-Love story

6. Read 5 Graphic Novels:

Read: 2

Edited: Jan 19, 2018, 8:01pm Top

Books to come:

The Slow burners:

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

The Pick-ups and keep putting downs:

Changeless by Gail Carriger
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

The quick ones:

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Doctor Who: Winner Takes All By Jacqueline Rayner

On Audio:

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Gift Wrapped:

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Edited: Feb 4, 2018, 3:22pm Top

the last book review:
4.Now We are Six Hundred by James Goss

I went into a box and it wasn't a box.
I asked the box to go wandering.
We could goto planets
We could visit stars
or Tuesday.
That box could go anywhere at all.
And so we did.

I like a book of Poems. So how could I pass-up A Collection of Time Lord Verse.

it was a delight from beginning to end. All Doctor Who fans you need this in your life!


Jan 19, 2018, 8:04pm Top

The next is yours & just cause:

Jan 19, 2018, 8:06pm Top

Happy new thread, Bryony! >8 BBGirl55: made me smile BIG!

Jan 19, 2018, 8:56pm Top

>8 BBGirl55: *bwaaahaaahaaa* Priceless!

Jan 19, 2018, 9:02pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 19, 2018, 10:12pm Top

Happy new thread!

>10 richardderus: Priceless! I need a few of those.

Jan 19, 2018, 10:14pm Top

Happy New Thread, Bryony.
I think I share your woman crush @ >1 BBGirl55: !

Jan 20, 2018, 5:56am Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 20, 2018, 6:19am Top

>9 Crazymamie: Thank You Mamie. The Gift made me laugh to.

>10 richardderus: Thank You Richard. I need that TARDIS treat.

>11 drneutron: >12 thornton37814: >14 figsfromthistle: Thank You Jim, Lori and Anita.

>13 PaulCranswick: Thank You Paul. I know you do Paul ;)

Jan 20, 2018, 6:34am Top

Congrats on the new thread.

>8 BBGirl55: Yay! Dinos!

Jan 20, 2018, 6:35am Top

Popping in real quick have a long day at work today so won't really be on tonight.

Reading status:

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin page 359
Changeless by Gail Carriger page 74
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham page 22
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann page 90
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Page 8
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham Chapter 2
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine page 5
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch page 42
Doctor Who: Winner Takes All By Jacqueline Susann page 63
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas Chapter 20
Stardust by Neil Gaiman Page 30

Now I am off to scrub the bath tub.

Gif of the day:

Jan 20, 2018, 6:38am Top

>16 PawsforThought: Hi Paws thank you. I thought this was quite cute too:

Jan 20, 2018, 9:30am Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 20, 2018, 11:39am Top

Happy new thread!
>18 BBGirl55: Awww, cutie!

Jan 20, 2018, 1:21pm Top

I thought I would leave this inappropriate GIF of Claire fondling Jamie's butt on Outlander here:

Jan 21, 2018, 1:30am Top

It's a gif party!! So many good ones :)
Ad that tardis thingie up there, is that a biscuit!!?? cool!!

Jan 21, 2018, 5:42pm Top

New thread already! And it's got a bunch of fun GIFs ;)

Jan 21, 2018, 5:44pm Top

Jan 21, 2018, 6:05pm Top

My day was very, very wet. But I am off work for a week so all is good. I will get some reading done before the month is out.

Today I Listened to a couple of chapters of The Assassin's Blade and hope to read more of Stardust tonight before I go to sleep.

Gif of the day:

Jan 22, 2018, 9:24am Top

Happy new thread!
Sorry to see about your mom on your last thread. Is she home and feeling better now?

Jan 22, 2018, 10:41am Top

Enjoy your week off Bryony.

Jan 22, 2018, 4:04pm Top

>25 BBGirl55: Lucy looks pretty darn cute in that tutu. :)

Jan 22, 2018, 5:10pm Top

>26 ChelleBearss: Thank You Chelle. Is is currently still in hospital. Treatment started today.

>27 Caroline_McElwee: Thank You Caroline.

>28 MickyFine: Yes. Micky she does.

Today has been busy. Computer playing up.

No gif :(

Jan 23, 2018, 8:31am Top

Happy new thread! Excellent GIF-age, as always (from you AND Richard, ahaha) and I'm still sending good wishes to your mum from the Derbyshire vicinity!

Jan 23, 2018, 4:32pm Top

>30 elliepotten: Hi Ellie and thank you. a gif for you.

Jan 23, 2018, 4:49pm Top

Today has been ok. I slept later then planed and then had to go get food for dinner. Mum is doing well. She has to continue the treatment tonight but could be home tomorrow evening.

Gif of the Day:

Jan 23, 2018, 4:56pm Top

Samantha AND Carrie in one thread! It's The City all up in here.

Glad as glad gets that Mum could be home as early as tomorrow.

Jan 23, 2018, 5:06pm Top

>33 richardderus: The City is always here. I like a floored character and they all have scars but are so spiffy, snarky, sweet and Honest. my friends and I often do Hogwarts sorting's on our favourite characters. I sorted Samantha in to Hufflepuff and all my friends really did not like that. They all sorted her in to Slytherin.

Jan 24, 2018, 6:17pm Top

Happy late evening or Morning to all. Mum is not home yet but she is ding well. I have read very little today. I hope to read more tomorrow.

Gif of the day:

Jan 25, 2018, 12:29am Top

Hi, Bryony. Hope your mom comes home soon. And happy new thread.

>10 richardderus: hmmm, I'm going to have to search for that Tardis mold.

Jan 25, 2018, 5:09pm Top

>36 rretzler: Hi Robin thank you.

I read a little today, 2 chapters of Stardust. Mum is still in hospital but looks very well.

Gif of the day:

Jan 26, 2018, 11:20am Top

Mum came home.

Jan 26, 2018, 12:49pm Top

SO happy to hear that your Mum got to come home, Bryony! Love the gif for today.

Jan 26, 2018, 4:01pm Top

>39 Crazymamie: Thank You Mamie, she is comfy and taken control of the TV.

I have been going back over my top read of the year (not a Graphic Novel) since I joint this group it makes intriguing list:

2009 Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
2010 Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
2011 The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
2012 The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
2013 The Girl You left Behind by JoJo Moyes
2014 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2015 FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell
2016 The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
2017 The Godfather by Mario Puzo

I have read so many good books in the last 9 years. This group is a large part of that. So I think I am saying thank you.

Gif of the Day:

Jan 26, 2018, 4:04pm Top

Nice list! I also loved Ready Player One and The Cuckoo's Calling.

Jan 26, 2018, 4:11pm Top

I also found this poem on my 2011 thread that I wrote a while back.

Welcome to my world
of spites and diamond King's,
Come troll the Ice-cream hills
and find evil ring's.

Come ride the jellybean planes
and sail the lemonade seas,
Come Hunt the fabled tiger-man
or escape the killer bees.

Welcome to my castle
so tall and gleaming white,
come drag in your tired bones
and rest your head this night.

Come the morning new
the suns rising high,
Come your new captors
and you'll pass with just a sigh.

Jan 26, 2018, 8:43pm Top

>40 BBGirl55: Such an appropriate "girl of the day." We held the first meeting this semester of our book club that is in a semester-long read and discussion of Mad Hatters and March Hares.

Jan 27, 2018, 7:56am Top

Glad that your mother is home now!
Great list of books. I've only read Ready Player One and The Cuckoo's Calling but I really enjoyed both.

Edited: Jan 27, 2018, 11:25am Top

>31 BBGirl55: All together now! "WILDLING! YOU MAKE MY HEART SING!"

>40 BBGirl55: Nice list! Ready Player One is on my must-read list for this year, and I love John Wyndham! So far, anyway. I've got The Kraken Wakes and The Midwich Cuckoos on my TBR shelves at the moment. I've definitely read Dead Girls Dance too, but it was a loooooong time ago now! You're making me want to go check out my favourite books for the years I've been here too, hmmmm.

So glad to hear that your mum's home, yaaaaay! :)

Jan 27, 2018, 12:31pm Top

>40 BBGirl55: I'm ashamed to say I haven't read a single on of those books. But I guess that means I still have plenty of great reads to looks forward to.

Jan 27, 2018, 3:52pm Top

Hey, Bryony! I love your best reads list - I'm adding to my wishlist from those. You and Ellie have inspired me to look back and make my own list!

Jan 27, 2018, 5:20pm Top

Mum home: check.
Mum ensconced in front of TV: not quite so check, but hell why not
Book list: double check and a :)


Edited: Jan 27, 2018, 5:45pm Top

Well I have you to thank for my evening's entertainment Bryony. I knew I had a copy of 'The King and I' somewhere, so I made myself log all my DVDs, and hence find it, and I still have a sniffle when the King dies.

He certainly knows how to wear a robe!

Jan 27, 2018, 7:16pm Top

>41 Crazymamie: Thanks Mamie! Ready, Player One was amazing.

>43 thornton37814: Hi Lori yes very ironic that it happened on the same day.

>44 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle, Mum is doing well.

>45 elliepotten: Hi Ellie :) Ready Player One was awesome. I liked you list on your thread.

>46 PawsforThought: Hi Paws, I would suggest starting with The Cuckoo's Calling and follow up with Shades of Grey both make my top 10 adult prose books of all time.

>47 scaifea: Hi Amber. I saw your list on your thread and liked it very much.

>48 richardderus: Hi Richard

>49 Caroline_McElwee: Your most certainly welcome Caroline and yes I agree he can very much wear the hell out of that robe.

Jan 27, 2018, 7:23pm Top

I read a bit of Stardust and listened to 3 chapters of The Assassin's Blade. Cooked Lamb chops for dinner and ate cake (lots of) as pudding.

Gif of the day:

Jan 28, 2018, 7:09pm Top

so a couple of days ago I did my favourite reads over the last 9 years, that were not Graphic novels. Tonight I list the Graphic Novels

2009 Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
2010 The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham
2011 Fables: Rose Red by Bill Willingham
2012 Fables: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham
2013 Saga Volume 2 TP by Brian. K. Vaughan
2014 Fables: Snow Whiteby Bill Willingham
2015 Rat Queens: Sass and Sorceryby Kurtis J. Wiebe
2016 I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young
2017 Y the Last Man Volume 4: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan

not much variety there.

I am adding a category to my list of things I need to complete:

6. Read at least 5 Graphic Novels.

Gif of the day:

Jan 29, 2018, 1:39pm Top

I should really read Fables!

Jan 29, 2018, 5:46pm Top

>53 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel. I would suggest Fables to everyone I enjoyed them all some were harder to get through some part were rushed but I liked the story overall and I am glad I stuck with them.

ok I have gone hunting for gifs






but gif of the day is:

Jan 29, 2018, 8:03pm Top

"Hello" is my personal favorite. *smooch*

Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 1:03pm Top

The gif of the day makes me giggle. Every time. :)

ETA You may want to pop over to my thread. There's a bit of news worth knowing. I think, anyway. :)

Jan 30, 2018, 5:00pm Top

>55 richardderus: I am very fond of Crazy but that is really not a surprise :)

>56 MickyFine: Glad I can make you Laugh Mickey. Oh what wonderful news.

Jan 30, 2018, 5:15pm Top

I finished a book.

5.The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassins' Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam.
In these action-packed prequel novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery . . .
Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

This was very good. They wet your appetite for the main novel's.


Jan 30, 2018, 5:22pm Top

Books to come:

The Slow burners:

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

The Pick-ups and keep putting downs:

Changeless by Gail Carriger
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

The quick ones:

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Doctor Who: Winner Takes All By Jacqueline Rayner

On Audio:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gift Wrapped:

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Jan 30, 2018, 5:24pm Top

And gif of the day:

Edited: Jan 30, 2018, 5:35pm Top

Jan 30, 2018, 7:54pm Top

>60 BBGirl55: ^^^what Paws said

Jan 31, 2018, 10:48am Top

>60 BBGirl55: I use that gif all the time. So great.

Jan 31, 2018, 11:00am Top

>60 BBGirl55: I also love this one!

Hello, Bryony! Happy Wednesday!

Jan 31, 2018, 6:50pm Top

>61 PawsforThought: >62 richardderus: >63 MickyFine: & >64 Crazymamie: Yep it is a very good Gif

>64 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie I hope you had a good Wednesday. I must swing by your thread at some point.

Today very little happened. I read a couple of chapters of Stardust and Listened to a chapter of One Hundred Years of Solitude. then I had work.

Gif of the day:

Jan 31, 2018, 7:18pm Top

"It doesn't mean what you think it means."

I love River. And did you know that Summer Glau did that for real, no trickery? Wowza.

Jan 31, 2018, 7:30pm Top

So January is over!

January Wrap up:

Books Read: 5

Tree: 3 (3)
Kindle: 0 (0)
Audio: 2 (2)

Own:5 (5)
Borrowed:0 (0)

Female: 2 (2)
Male: 3 (3)
Both: 0 (0)

Best Reads:

2018 Challenges progress:

1. Read more book then I did in 2017

I have already read 1/5 of what I read last year so a good start I would say

2. Read 1 book for every completed season of a TV show on Netflix.

I read 5 Books and completed one season of a TV show, for those that are interested I watched Season 1 of:

3. Read 5 book from my kindle.

none read :(

4. Complete 2 books from my pick-up and keep putting down list. (also known as 'Oh look a Harry Potter book)

none read :(

5. Continue with the Gift-wrapped list:

7. Young Adult, Romance odd couple or The DUFF by Kody Keplinger was completed

6. Read at least 5 Graphic Novels.

none read :(

Good books read, goals slowly being ticked off! I'm happy.

Jan 31, 2018, 7:33pm Top

mrsdrneutron's been watching Grace and Frankie - past season 2, I think. I'm on evening shift so haven't seen them all, but the one's I've seen have been pretty good.

Jan 31, 2018, 7:51pm Top

>66 richardderus: Hi Richard. . Yes I knew it is great when Dancers become actors and can do freakey stuff like that. I can bend the same way, even in heals I can touch my hands to the floor with my legs straight.

>68 drneutron: Hi Jim. I am very much enjoing it half way through s2. It proves that age is but a number.

Jan 31, 2018, 7:53pm Top

>69 BBGirl55: ...and I haven't seen my toes in 11 years...

Jan 31, 2018, 9:52pm Top

How is Grace and Frankie? I've been trying to decide if I should start it. There's so many shows out there nowadays I have to pick and choose carefully :)

Feb 1, 2018, 6:48am Top

>70 richardderus: poor toes :(

>71 Kassilem: Hi Melissa! I have enjoyed it very much I find it funny and sweet but how I feel about it may not be how you will. I suggest trying an episode to see how you feel.

Ok so I did something like this last year and hope to keep it up this year...

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 1

Childhood Book

So lets get this one done. I speak of this Book all the time it is my favourite Childhood book. I read it at age 11 and it has stuck with me since. I like the wackiness of the book. The history of the book is a lot darker the story but at 11 I was more intrigued by the nonsense Characters.

“I'm afraid I can't explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see?” -Alice

Read in Teen's or early 20's

Also lets get this out of the way. This was the first Harry Potter book I read... Yes I know its the 3rd in the series. My Mum bought it for my Brother thinking it was the first, My Brother read it and said that I would like it. I did and till this day it remains my favourite in the Harry Potter series. I just love it plot holes and all. It was the book that introduced me to Harry's world and I will for ever be grateful.

Read as a "Grown-up"

This book has my favourite opening to any book ever:

It began with my father not wanting to see the LAST RABBIT, and ended up with me being eaten by a carnivorous plant. It wasn't really what I'd planned for myself. I'd hoped to marry into the Oxbloods and join their dynastic string empire. But that was four days ago, before I'd met Jane, retrieved the Caravaggio or explored High Saffron. So instead of enjoying aspirations of Chromatic advancement, I was wholly immersed within the digestive soup of a yateveo tree. It was all frightfully inconvenient.

Jasper Fforde is my Favourite Author and this is my favourite book. I read it back in 2010 and fell in love. The world building is outstanding and the idea unique. It is funny, sassy and very ,very British! It is wonderful just a shame about that "Naughty" book that stole it's Thunder.

Feb 1, 2018, 11:15am Top

Such worthy reads! Hoping the luuuuuv is returned this shorty of a month.

Feb 1, 2018, 5:53pm Top

>73 richardderus: Hi Richard 😁 Thank You. I send love to you *Smooch*

Today was a long hard day.

Gif of the day:

Feb 1, 2018, 5:56pm Top

Ha! Great GIF. Makes me remember how many thoroughly wrung out days I once had to spend while working.

Feb 1, 2018, 6:01pm Top

>74 BBGirl55: This is how I feel most days when I get home from work.
Also, The Princess and the Frog is one of new Disney's best films.

Feb 2, 2018, 5:20am Top

>75 richardderus: The years I have to work keep getting longer. I estimate I will be 70 before I retire.

>76 PawsforThought: Hi Paws I like Princess and the Frog, but then I almost always love Disney films.

Feb 2, 2018, 5:56am Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 2

Childhood Book

After I finally started to read I devoured Enid Blyton's books. The Famous Five always stuck with me. I felt a kinship to George, She was everything I was, a Tomboy it made me happy to see her keeping up with the boys and sometimes besting them.

Though the books are a tad outdated now they hold a fond spot in my heart.

Read in Teen's or early 20's

I read this the year it came out and was immersed in this disturbing book. The Lovely Bones gets very mixed reviews, it is creepy, violent, graphic and a Protagonist that your not sure if you like. But for some reason I loved it. Just the case of right book right time.

Read as a "Grown-up"

I read this back in 2016 and to quote myself:

To be totally honest this was a cover buy. I saw it in the comic previews (in fact on the cover of comic previews) and ordered it intently in trade knowing I would love it. I was right! Not only is it my type of art work (cute and brightly coloured), The story was good, the humour was dry, sarcastic and dark all at once. This quest story gone astray is the best new release since Rat Queens. This is a mature book and not suitable for those that don't like gore or sudden violence even if it is played for laughs. I LOVED THIS *****

Yet to read the next two volumes. Must get to them this year...

Feb 2, 2018, 5:59am Top

And before I go to work

Gif of the day:

Feb 2, 2018, 6:13am Top

>78 BBGirl55: I adored the Famous Five, too. I was absolutely nothing like George (very Anne-like when I was a child) but I adored her. I really want to re-read the books at some point but do feel a bit wary about it because of the datedness.

Feb 2, 2018, 12:58pm Top

>79 BBGirl55: Oh dear!

Feb 2, 2018, 3:41pm Top

>79 BBGirl55: Clearly Alice got into it with her cubicle mate and is now crying it out in the ladies room. I hope your day is better than that.

Feb 3, 2018, 5:17am Top

>80 PawsforThought: My thoughts to the t Paws I would like to read it againg but I am worrid.

>81 richardderus: Was more of a Pacey girl. Dawson always grated on me.

>82 mstrust: My day was perfectly fine... I was just over reacting.

Feb 3, 2018, 6:12am Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 3

Childhood Book

This book came out the year I was born, I have a curtain affinity with it. When people ask me which is my Favourite Roald Dahl book they are surprised when I say The Witches, Most think I am going to say Matilda or The BFG. But growing up I had this on a spoken word tape and loved it. The story is funny, scary and a hoot.

Read in Teen's or early 20's

This book stayed with me a long time after I read it. Five People you meet in Heaven is basically that the five people that you affected most in your living life. They may be strangers or loved ones but you don't know before you die. This was gripping, heart warming, Hunting and in the end a joy to read

Read as a "Grown-up"

I read this because it seemed that everyone here was reading it. (Thanks Stephen) I was sucked in. I am a gamer and the idea of the OASIS is a dream, I am much richer online then IRL but I would miss proper food. This book taps in to my love of quest stories and highly flawed characters. It was a delight, funny, dry and ultimately charming.

Feb 3, 2018, 6:16am Top

and before I go to work.

Gif of the day:

Feb 3, 2018, 6:41am Top

Ooo, he's doing Zumba, I'm just off to my class...

Feb 3, 2018, 10:51am Top

I LOVED reading The Witches to Charlie a couple of years ago (or maybe just last year? I can't remember), but the voice I chose for the main witch really did a number on my throat every night. Ha!

And yay for Ready Player One!

Feb 3, 2018, 12:21pm Top

Happy Saturday, Bryony!

Feb 3, 2018, 3:59pm Top

Pacey...hm. Well, sure, why not? But honestly, in a world where this exists

Who's Pacey again? For that matter, who's Dawson?

Feb 4, 2018, 12:08pm Top

>86 Caroline_McElwee: Hi Caroline I hope Zumba went well

>87 scaifea: Hi Amber Yes I saw your review when you put it up. Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday.

>88 Crazymamie: Thank You Mamie I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

>89 richardderus: Ok Richard...

The burnet is Pacey and the Blonde is Dawson. They are two Characters from the show Dawson's Creek. It's about moody teens from a small town... Now that I have typed that... I get why.

these Gentlemen are more my speed:

Feb 4, 2018, 12:37pm Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day

Childhood Book

I love the Nardia Serise, but this is the first and best in the series. I so wanted to be Lucy and discover a new land. The world, the adventures... is there any wonder I love Doctor Who. This is in dyer need of a re read.

Read in Teen's or early 20's

Ah Charles Dickens... I heard a lot about him growing up. You pick up Dickens books knowing there will be misery and pain, knowing characters you like will die, or be crippled or get transported. This is my favourite of his novels, that I read off my own back and a slight prod form my Aunt. As always the book is a product of it's time commenting on problems of the time the moral of the tale there are many, don't wallow in self pity, don't take a gift for granted... the list goes on.

Read as a "Grown-up"

This just made me happy from beginning to end. A millennials take on the world and how often the fantasy is more appealing then the reality. about being misunderstood and not going with the crowd. I read this really quick was a pure delight.

Feb 4, 2018, 12:42pm Top

gif of the day:

Feb 4, 2018, 1:35pm Top

>92 BBGirl55: Ah, Buffy. One of role models when I was a teenager.

Feb 4, 2018, 2:58pm Top

>90 BBGirl55: YES, YES, and oh okay sure why not on your picks.


Edited: Feb 28, 2018, 9:34am Top

>93 PawsforThought: Oh I love Buffy. I might have to re-watch it soon.

I finish TWO books!

6.I Hate Fairyland Volume 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young

All hail Gertrude, the new Queen of Fairyland. After thirty years of wreaking havoc across this magical world to find her way back home, she must now overcome her biggest challenge yet...ruling the place she hates most. Join Gert as she continues her never-ending quest to get the FLUFF out of Fairyland. The hilariously brutal fairytale adventure continues by superstar cartoonist SKOTTIE YOUNG. Collects I HATE FAIRYLAND #6-10

As good as the first. brutal, cute and nauseating at the same time. I can not praise this GN enough.


7.Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining . . .

I liked this I knew I would. It's Gaiman... but I don't say this often I think I prefer the film.


Feb 4, 2018, 3:17pm Top

>94 richardderus: Oh and I forgot this young man:

Feb 4, 2018, 3:19pm Top

Books to come:

The Slow burners:

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

The Pick-ups and keep putting downs:

Changeless by Gail Carriger
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

The quick ones:

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
Doctor Who: Winner Takes All By Jacqueline Rayner

On Audio:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gift Wrapped:

Feb 4, 2018, 3:24pm Top

So as I finished Stardust it's voting Time again. So Please do.

1. Books, Books, Books.
2.Children's, Adventure, lost in a new world, 1st in series
3. Fiction, Dark, Twisted trip down the rabbit hole.
4. Fiction, 'In a blink it appeared', Love & Magic.
5. Young Adult, Magic School, Love & Hate
6. Fiction, Simi Dystopian, altered Animals, calls himself Snowman.
7. Young Adult, Romance odd couple.
8. Young Adult, 'We just want to get on with our lives, 'we are not Chosen but we are awesome'.
9.Fantasy/Horror, Dark, Twisted trip down the rabbit hole.
10.Children's, Lost in a new world, 1st in a series.
11.Children's, Adventure, hidden world, making use of things.
12. Steampunk & Spies
13. Scifi, Time travel, humour, race against time.
14. Fiction, Books, Books, a bit of mystery and more books
15. Scifi, Cyberpunk, Gritty, classic.
16. Fiction, Trains, books and romance.
17. Scifi, Dystopian, cure for death, war has begun, happiest place on earth.
18. Fiction, Loss.
19. Fantasy, Romance, Sky pirates', fallen star.
20. Fiction, Satire, Dog nonsense.
21. Romance, Anti-Love story

Vote will close 10am Wednesday GMT.

Feb 4, 2018, 3:34pm Top

Feb 4, 2018, 3:36pm Top

>99 richardderus: thanks for the vote Richard. Trying that one again ;)

Feb 4, 2018, 3:37pm Top

Feb 4, 2018, 4:04pm Top

>95 BBGirl55: I liked the movie better too - Robert DeNiro was perfect in it!

>98 BBGirl55: Still voting for 9.

Feb 4, 2018, 4:08pm Top

My vote is for 14.

Feb 4, 2018, 4:10pm Top

I vote for 10

Feb 4, 2018, 4:10pm Top

>102 drneutron: Robert De Niro was AMAZING!

Feb 4, 2018, 4:17pm Top


Feb 4, 2018, 4:31pm Top


Feb 4, 2018, 4:36pm Top

>98 BBGirl55: This time my vote is for #1

Feb 4, 2018, 4:58pm Top

I vote for #20, I think.

And yay for Buffy!!

Feb 4, 2018, 5:04pm Top

>90 BBGirl55: ooo, you may have to put the boxing gloves n for Idris or Tom...

>98 BBGirl55: 14

Feb 4, 2018, 5:10pm Top

I just started watching Dr Who recently so I'll vote for 13
13. Scifi, Time travel, humour, race against time.

Feb 4, 2018, 5:59pm Top

I'll vote 4 this time as I need a little magic to help with my love.

Feb 4, 2018, 6:46pm Top

I'll go with #5 this time

Feb 4, 2018, 7:15pm Top

I vote for #17, even though I'm not completely 100 percent sure what I'm voting on exactly.

Feb 4, 2018, 7:23pm Top

I vote for # 3

Feb 4, 2018, 8:47pm Top

I vote for 1 this time.

Feb 5, 2018, 10:55am Top

I'm throwing in my vote for #13.

Feb 5, 2018, 2:25pm Top

A quick thank you to all that have voted, Just pooping in quick before I go to scouts to drop off

Gif of the Day:

Edited: Feb 6, 2018, 6:40pm Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 5

Childhood Book

I loved the Sweet Valley Twin books. This one is often re read. are you all surprised it involves food.
Read in Teen's or early 20's

Around the ages of 14 and 15 I devoured The Point Horror Books. and Richie Tankersley Cusick was my favourite of the Point Horror crew. Trick or Treat, April Fools, Teacher's Pet, Fatal Secrets I really liked.

Read as a "Grown-up"

Oh this made me cry so much. it is beautiful, written to perfection.

Feb 6, 2018, 7:40pm Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 6

Childhood Book

I loved these when I was little, they were bright and funny, this one resonated with me, it is about a village divided by two warring tribes and Two star-crossed lovers have secret meetings across the divide.

Read in Teen's or early 20's

This was the comic that made me become obsessed with Brian. K Vaughn. It is a spin of the super hero book. the view from the villain's kids some with powers some not, all of them horrified by their Parents life that they band together ad as the title says they runaway. Brian K Vaughn's writing is quirky, sharp and on point.

Read as a "Grown-up"

This was the start of an obsession. I read this first volume in 2009 the same year I joint this group I fell in love. it was fun, clever and deep. I saw the story to the end when it ended in 2015 and I can say I as happy to see out the whole journey. 7 years well spent.

Feb 6, 2018, 7:49pm Top

So I worked for 10 hours today so

But I now have two days off so gif of the day:

Feb 6, 2018, 7:57pm Top

Hooray for two days off, Bryony! Love the gifs.

Feb 6, 2018, 10:23pm Top

Whoa! Never been here before. What a place. Got to rest now.

Feb 7, 2018, 1:23am Top

Is there still time for voting? I'm dying to know what #17 is - I love dystopias so I'm picking it, if its not too late!

Feb 7, 2018, 2:18am Top

>120 BBGirl55: Oh, I have such fond memories of watching Asterix and obelix cartoons as a child, but I've never read any of the comics. Should probably do that.

>121 BBGirl55: I completely empathise with your first gif that's how I feel pretty much every day both at work and on my way home. Glad to hear you have a couple of days off to rest up.

Feb 7, 2018, 6:01am Top

>122 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie. I like days off.

>123 weird_O: Hi Bill and welcome.

>124 rretzler: Hi Robin. Your not to late. Vote ecepted.

>125 PawsforThought: Hi Paws we have my uncals old battered set from 70's. Gifs from two of my favorite pixar films.

The is closed. Will tally and be back soon.

Feb 7, 2018, 8:48am Top

Enjoy your two days off!

Feb 7, 2018, 9:47am Top

>127 ChelleBearss: Oh Chelle I plan too.

So the vote came back tied again so second vote is need. please vote for:

13. Scifi, Time travel, humour, race against time.


17. Scifi, Dystopian, cure for death, war has begun, happiest place on earth.

Feb 7, 2018, 10:03am Top

>128 BBGirl55: 13, of course!

Feb 7, 2018, 10:10am Top

Oh hmm 13 then.

Feb 7, 2018, 10:36am Top

Ok 13

Feb 7, 2018, 10:37am Top


Feb 7, 2018, 10:38am Top

alright I'll vote for 13

Feb 7, 2018, 11:05am Top


Feb 7, 2018, 11:21am Top

>121 BBGirl55: 10 hours is a long day!

Feb 7, 2018, 11:31am Top

Sticking with my vote for 13! :)

Feb 7, 2018, 11:41am Top

Voting for 13 (my lucky number).

Feb 7, 2018, 11:48am Top

I am also sticking with 13.

Feb 7, 2018, 11:49am Top

>129 richardderus: >130 bell7: >131 Caroline_McElwee: >132 Crazymamie: >133 figsfromthistle: >134 drneutron: Thanks for the vote.

>135 The_Hibernator: It was a very long day!

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 7

Childhood Book

I was obseded with the Babysitter's Club book used to read 2-4 in a day. This one the 6th in the series is a favourite and is often re-read if I am down.

Read in Teen's or early 20's

It's no secret that I am a Buffy fan, as the show was airing I was devouring the novels The Book of Fours looks at the stories of the then four most resent Slayers Buffy, Kendra, Faith and Buffy's predecessor India. The book starts with nightmares and end with death. I really liked this one it was deep and moving and had just the right amount of action.

Read as a "Grown-up"

This book was a hoot, A mobile Library parked inside the grounds of Buckingham Palace and the Queen serking her duties to get lost in the world of books. whats not to love about this book. it's quick witted and just charming.

Feb 7, 2018, 12:02pm Top

>136 ChelleBearss: >137 FAMeulstee: >138 MickyFine: Thanks for the vote... my word 13 is popular.

and Gif of the day:

Feb 7, 2018, 12:53pm Top

>140 BBGirl55: Wall-E and I have the same level of coordination for those things. :P

Feb 7, 2018, 2:20pm Top


Feb 7, 2018, 2:50pm Top


Feb 7, 2018, 3:25pm Top

Well, I'm going against the crowd here - #17.

Feb 7, 2018, 5:04pm Top


Feb 8, 2018, 2:08am Top

I don't really think my vote matters by now, but I'm adding my voice to the chorus of #13.

Feb 8, 2018, 6:56am Top

>141 MickyFine: My coordination is like that too.

>142 thornton37814: >143 PaulCranswick: >145 ronincats: >146 PawsforThought: Thanks for the votes

>144 rretzler: We will get to see what that book is one day.

Feb 8, 2018, 7:07am Top

And the winner of the second round is 13. Scifi, Time travel, humour, race against time....

...How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

Just the cover and the back blurb caught my attention.

My name is Charles Yu. I'm a time machine repairman. In one minuet, I'm going to murder myself. Again.

sounds like fun.

Feb 8, 2018, 7:43am Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 8

Childhood Book

I regard this as a comfort blanket in my late childhood and very early teen I would read this book when I was sad and it would make me happy. It's not a pertiualy funny book, but it is easy to read and has a nice story. This is the 3rd book in the Matthew Martin series.

Read in Teen's or early 20's

This was my first waltz with Tom Holt after this one I got my hands an all his books I could find. This one is wacky and crazy Fairy tales meet the real world and Magic Mirrors as computers. it was funny, well passed and just a hoot.

Read as a "Grown-up"

So you all know my feeling about J K Rowling... so I won't gush here. But oh my I loved this so, so much. I like a murder mystery... if you grew up in the house I grew up in you sort of a requirement, like likening Football, and knowing Mum controls the TV. The Prose was good, characters well imagined and for a book with no Wizarads or Witches, it was magical.

Feb 8, 2018, 8:10am Top

Disney has all the feels





and gif of the day:


Feb 8, 2018, 1:12pm Top

>148 BBGirl55: Oooh. That one does sound intriguing. I think I'll wait for your review though before I put it on The List. :)

Feb 8, 2018, 1:40pm Top

>148 BBGirl55: ...best to lance the boil quickly...

Feb 9, 2018, 6:19am Top

>148 BBGirl55: We will see how it go's

>149 BBGirl55: huh!

Feb 9, 2018, 6:31am Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 8

Childhood Book

I loved this when I was little. I adored the covers. This was my first adventures with a magic school and the were delightful. A great book for kids of all ages.

Read in Teen's or early 20's

This was the first book I read by Robert Rankin and it was a hoot. A murder Mystery set in Toyland yes please! being solved by a drunken Teddy Bear is just wacky and off the wall enough to work

Read as a "Grown-up"

This was my favourite read from last year, it was so engrossing that while I was listening to it I almost missed my stop for work several times. so many bad things happen but you still like Don Corleone in an odd twisted was way. This one stays with you.

Feb 9, 2018, 6:34am Top

Gif of the day:

Feb 9, 2018, 10:23am Top

Glad to see you liked The Godfather as it's on my reading list for this year!

Feb 10, 2018, 6:36pm Top

>156 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle it was really, really good it was hard sometimes but very worth it in the end.

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 10

So lets change this up a bit!

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

The first that I heard about Bryan Lee O'Malley Comic series Scott Pilgrim was when the trailers for the film started popping up all over YouTube. I took note because it was being directed by Edgar Wright of Shawn of the Dead fame. I picked up the first volume and never got round to reading it before I saw the film (twice in one day I might add).

Scott Pilgrim vs the World is my favourite film ever, It's a Video game film that's not based of an existing Video game. It's a love story that at times is so dysfunctional but still sweet. Scott is a hapless 20 something that is dating a High Schooler, plays bass in the band Sex-Ba-Bomb and has no direction in life. Then he dreams of a girl with colourful hair that suddenly comes in to his life, but to be with her has to defeat her 7 Evil Exes.

To date I have read the first volume Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life and panels from the book are transposed in to frames on screen, Wright is so clever in filming the scene just so and layering gaming sounds to characters actions that it is a joy to watch.

I plan to read the remaining 5 volumes this year just to see if the book ends the same as the film.

Feb 10, 2018, 6:44pm Top

and gif of the day:

Feb 11, 2018, 12:24am Top

>157 BBGirl55: Let me just say as someone who read all the volumes before I saw the film that I was very, very happy with how the film adapted it.

Except for the deletion of the fight scene in the Toronto Reference Library because that would have been awesome.

Feb 11, 2018, 6:08pm Top

>159 MickyFine: Thats good to hear.

Our Wifi is being sucky today😭 will post double tommorow.

Feb 12, 2018, 4:57pm Top

So the weather messed up our wifi yesterday. so I have lots of things to post today starting with:

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 11

Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K Rowling holds a fond place in my heart, it was the first book I completed in 2009 and my first review on this group. here is the review:

I'm a big fan of Fairytales I have very fond memories of The Princess and the Frog and Little Red Riding Hood growing up, so this was perfect for me. Fairytales for Wizards another way JK has fleshed out her Harry Potter world and the links with the 5th story The Tale of Three Brothers linking with Harry Potter 7 just made me smile. The fact that JK added Dumbledore's notes was inspierd and they made me giggle and smile and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling!

This is a must read for all Harry Potter and Fairytale fans alike! two thums up!

2009 seems like a very long time ago. This was one of my favourite books of that year and I still stand by the two Thumbs up.

Feb 12, 2018, 5:32pm Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 12

I have fond memories of all the Beatrix Potter books, these where read to me by my parents as I was growing up and I read them to my siblings as I was learning to read. This one is my favourite, Hedgehogs are my favourite animals.

And if anyone has not seen it yet Miss Potter is a wonderful film and very much worth the watch.

Feb 12, 2018, 5:45pm Top

Gif Party:

Feb 12, 2018, 6:21pm Top

>161 BBGirl55: Where does one find the aquarium to entertain the kitties? I need one of those!

Feb 12, 2018, 7:31pm Top

>164 thornton37814: Lori saddly I do not know. There must be an app out there some where.

Feb 13, 2018, 10:03am Top

>164 thornton37814: Lori, the one we have from the Apple App store is The Game for Cats, and mine love it. It may have fish, but they love the mouse the most.

Edited: Feb 13, 2018, 10:20am Top

>166 rretzler: Thanks!

ETA: I found a Cat Fishing game from Little Friskies

Feb 13, 2018, 12:36pm Top

>163 BBGirl55: Eleven dancing always cracks me up.

Feb 13, 2018, 3:33pm Top

>148 BBGirl55: I look forward to your review Bryony.

Feb 13, 2018, 3:37pm Top

Happy days are here again, the skies above are clear again!

Feb 13, 2018, 6:09pm Top

>166 rretzler: Thanks for finding the answer.

>167 thornton37814: I hope your Kitties have fun.

>168 MickyFine: Me too Micky Me too.

>169 Caroline_McElwee: I am too Caroline.

>170 richardderus: I am more 'Rain, Rain go away'

Feb 13, 2018, 6:47pm Top

28 Days of Love - The Book Edition: Day 13

In 2009 I made it to 75 books, and the final one that got me there was a re read:

I re-read all the Harry Potter books in 2009 and reading Deathly Hallows marked it's second time of reading. I may Re-read them all this year as it has been a while.

Feb 13, 2018, 6:51pm Top

and gif of the day:

Feb 13, 2018, 7:20pm Top

>171 BBGirl55: Barney didn't try to play it. I guess I'll see what his brothers do.

Feb 14, 2018, 5:36pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day, Bryony.

>174 thornton37814: Lori, Matisse used to love The Game for Cats on my iPad. When I had it out, he would sit patiently by until I put the game on for him. Now J'Zargo does the same thing. The other cats don't really seem to care.

Feb 14, 2018, 7:13pm Top

28 Days of Love: Day 14

So as I type this I have I have about 23 minuets left of Valentines Day. On Valentine's Day last year last year I wrote a list this year is no different.

Book Crushes

Gambit from the X-Men

The Roguish sort, Charming, smooth talker with bright Violet eyes.

Mr Henry Tilney from Northanger Abby

Often seen as the least Masculine of Austin's Heroes, Henry is kind, patient and calm in a crisis. Often over shadowed by Mr Darcy and Mr Knightly who are both ever so swoon worthy, but Henry is the type of Male character you find today sweet, engaging and happy in his own skin.

Levi Stewart from Fangirl

An easy going, funny and caring young man that had me smiling in this book whenever he showed up.

Carswell Thorne from Cress

Often used as comic relief in the series. Carswell is funny, smart-mouthed and a tad annoying but in Cress we see that he has a heart of gold and is a gentle soul. He out of all the Male Characters in this series he develops the most. He's a rouge and a vagabond but you can't help but fall for him.

Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass

Chaol is a very complexed character, those he does not seam to be at the start he seams very black and white. He is strong, stubborn and Loyal to a fault. But he grows so much in the books, I loved Empire of Storms but felt something was missing; It was Chaol but Tower of Dawn made up for it in spades.

Feb 14, 2018, 7:26pm Top

lots of love gifs:

but gif of the day:

Feb 15, 2018, 10:50am Top

I am totally with you on Henry Tilney and Levi. Definitely some of my book crushes too.

Feb 15, 2018, 11:32am Top

Henry Tilney is probably the most likable of Austen's men, the one you would like in RL.

Feb 15, 2018, 3:38pm Top

>178 MickyFine: Yes Micky I thought you might.

>179 mstrust: Oh most definatly would like Henry in RL.

Feb 15, 2018, 5:50pm Top

28 Days of Love The Book Edition: Day 15

One True Pairing or OTP

Harry Potter- Hermione and Ron

I know I know JK said herself that she would not put Hermionne and Ron together now but I would still Ship them, like I Still Ship Harry/Draco, they are not cannon but two sides of the same coin.

Hermione and Ron started as friends and grew in to more. They balnce each other well, they main strength is the others weakness, they grow and learn from each other.

Feb 16, 2018, 3:49pm Top

28 Days of Love The Book Edition: Day 16

One True Pairing or OTP

Austinverse: Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney

You are all now aware from a few posts up that Henry is the Austin Hero that I would chose for myself, if I state that of all the Austin Heroines I identify most with Catherine you will see where I am going with this.


So I owe you guys a Gif so:

and gif of the day:

Feb 17, 2018, 5:35pm Top

28 Days of Love: The Book edition Day 17

Some Quotes I love.

All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.
– Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Not all those who wander are lost.
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.
– John Green, Paper Towns

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
– Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

It's all a bit crazy here, work have been having me work such random hours! I hope to be by peoples threads tomorrow *crosses fingers till then

Gif of the Day:

Feb 18, 2018, 1:09pm Top

>183 BBGirl55: Like the Tolkien quote, Bryony.

Have a great Sunday.

Feb 18, 2018, 3:25pm Top

>184 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul, the Tolkien quote is very apt for me. I hope you had a wonderful Sunday and that your Monday starts well.

28 Days of Love: The Book edition Day 17

The Tiger Who came to Tea by Judith Kerr

(I was going to have a cover of the book here but my computer and google images won't let me)

This is one of my Mum's favourite Children's books and mine too. This is one book I remember her reading to me. It is sweet and funny and the illustration's are lovely.

It is normaly one of the first books I give out after a friend has had a baby.

Gif of day:

Feb 18, 2018, 9:30pm Top

Ok, that’s just making me snerk a lot...

Feb 19, 2018, 5:42pm Top

>186 drneutron: Me to Jim me too

28 Days of Love: The Book edition Day 19

I was at a loss as of what to do today. It was a hard day at work and have no inspiration. so I am opening this day to you all, what are your favourite books, authors or even quotes?

Gif of the day:

Feb 19, 2018, 5:56pm Top

I've kept this quote for many years and it makes me giggle:

Feb 20, 2018, 4:06pm Top

>188 mstrust: oh I love that!

28 Days of Love: The Book edition Day 20

Jasper Fforde is as I have said many times before my favourite author. I discovered him in about it must have been 2004 or 2005. It was Richard the head of my local library that pointed me in Fforde's direction. I started of course with The Eyre Affair and quickly read all off his book that were available to me. Now we get to the point where I start to get frustrated, the wait between his books is long and very frustrating. His last published work was back in 2014 and the publishers have been teasing us with possible books that my be released... we are two books from Fforde this year, though one we were meant to get last year so I am holding my breath for now. but if I do disappear in July and August you know what I will be doing.

Gif of the day:

Edited: Feb 22, 2018, 5:33pm Top

28 Days of Love: The Book edition Day 21

Brian K Vaughn is my favourite Comic Book writer. I discovered him when I picked up a copy of The Runaways: Pride ad Joy and became hooked. I then discover his back catalogue and to this day I am still working my way though it. Saga one of his most resent works has been amazing.

Gif of the day:

Feb 22, 2018, 5:54pm Top

28 Days of Love: The Book edition Day 22

Agatha Christie is my favourite mystery writer. I love how easy her books are to read, so easy to read in a single sitting. I prefur her Miss Marple books over all the others but they are all very good.

Feb 23, 2018, 5:41pm Top

That was a bad day at work.

Feb 24, 2018, 6:40pm Top

My day:

Feb 24, 2018, 6:46pm Top

Bummer, Bryony! Hoping tomorrow is better.

Feb 24, 2018, 10:27pm Top

I hope that a relaxing Sunday makes up for work toils. xx

Feb 25, 2018, 1:25am Top

Big waves and happy Sunday, Bryony.

Feb 25, 2018, 5:00pm Top

Ooof, that's a bad day. I hope today's been better!

Feb 25, 2018, 5:25pm Top

>194 Crazymamie: >195 PaulCranswick: >196 Ameise1: & >197 drneutron: Mamie, Paul, Barbara and Jim, today was a little better, though I got a cold and sliced open my finger. Today was a lot less stressful then the last week. I only have to work 3 days next week because I have random holiday days to use before April starts. 'If' we get snow I hope I can stay in and read and work on the art piece that need to be completed on the 9th.

Gif of the day:

Feb 25, 2018, 8:10pm Top

I will wish for lots of snow so you can stay inside where the books and art live!

(Sorry about your finger! Hope it wasn't too bad)

Feb 26, 2018, 4:11am Top

Feel better soon.

Feb 26, 2018, 5:41pm Top

>199 ChelleBearss: & >200 Ameise1: the finger is doing well, not as deep as it looked but the cold sucks

The Snow came!

Feb 27, 2018, 3:46pm Top

The Snow stayed 😭😭😭😭

Feb 28, 2018, 9:32am Top

I'm a little frustrated I still can't seem to put still images in to my post even book icon images that are here on this site. It is a tad annoying.

8.Doctor Who Storm Warning by Alan Barnes

October, 1930. His Majesty's Airship, the R101, sets off on her maiden voyage to the farthest-flung reaches of the British Empire. But there's a storm coming. And there's something unspeakable, something with wings, crawling across the stern...

I really enjoyed this audio. I love Paul MCGann's voice so deep and rich. This was gripping and action packed.


9.Doctor Who The Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Rayner

Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth, and become intrigued by the latest craze - the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans. Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers on Earth. Will Rose be able to save her family and friends from the alien threat? And can the Doctor play the game to the end and win?

The story was good and spead along at a brisk pace, It took a little long for the Doctor to catch on to what was going on, but it was written well and Micky Shines in this.


10.DR. Third, DR. Fifth, DR. Sixth and DR. Tenth by Adam Hargreaves

Just fun stories, I liked Dr. Third the most from this batch. This is Mr. Men meets Doctor Who what's not to love.


February has been a very Doctor filled month :)

11.Lady Killer Volume 1 by Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother-but she's also a ruthless, efficient killer! She's balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger! Collects issues #1-#5.

This has been on my TBR shelf for a while, I picked in up today and devoured it in about 30 minuets. This was fun, sharp, brutal and questioning. Not for those with a weak stomach. I enjoyed this.


Feb 28, 2018, 9:39am Top

Books to come:

The Slow burners:

A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

The Pick-ups and keep putting downs:

Changeless by Gail Carriger
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

The quick ones:

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch

On Audio:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gift Wrapped:

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

Edited: Apr 3, 2018, 4:15pm Top

Febuary Wrap up:

Books Read: 6

I Hate Fairyland Volume 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Doctor Who Storm Warning by Alan Barnes
Doctor Who The Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Rayner
DR. Third, DR. Fifth, DR. Sixth and DR. Tenth by Adam Hargreaves
Lady Killer Volume 1 by Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich

Tree: 5 (8)
Kindle: 0 (0)
Audio: 1 (3)

Own:6 (11)
Borrowed:0 (0)

Female: 2 (4)
Male: 4 (7)
Both: 0 (0)

Best Reads:

2018 Challenges progress:

1. Read more book then I did in 2017

Have read 11 books so far, that's almost half of the 25 books I read last year

2. Read 1 book for every completed season of a TV show on Netflix.

I read 11 Books and completed 3 seasons of a TV show, for those that are interested I watched Season 1 & 2 of Grace and Frankie and seasion 2 of The Good Place

3. Read 5 book from my kindle.

none read :(

4. Complete 2 books from my pick-up and keep putting down list. (also known as 'Oh look a Harry Potter book)

none read :(

5. Continue with the Gift-wrapped list:

19. Fantasy, Romance, Sky pirates', fallen star Stardust by Neil Gaiman was completed

6. Read at least 5 Graphic Novels.

2. I Hate Fairyland Volume 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young
Lady Killer Volume 1 by Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich

Good books read, goals slowly being ticked off! I'm happy.

Feb 28, 2018, 10:07am Top

My last couple of days in Gif form:

but gif of the day:

Feb 28, 2018, 12:45pm Top

That PANDA!! To die!

It's 11C here right now. Sunshiney. *nyahnyahnyah*

Feb 28, 2018, 3:36pm Top

Pandas playing in snow is one of my favourite things.

Mar 1, 2018, 4:13pm Top

>207 richardderus: now that is just mean. Please send me some sun!

>208 MickyFine: He is a cutie.

Snow, delayed trains. Such fun.

Mar 1, 2018, 7:04pm Top

Hello, Bryony! Hooray for the snow staying. And I also have big love for that panda gif.

Mar 2, 2018, 4:44pm Top

>210 Crazymamie: Yes there apeares to be alot of panda love.

My day in order Snow, ice, delayed trian, ice, ice, ice, hot chocolate, ice, snow, ice, till, food, moaning manager, ice, ice, bird, grumpy person, bird, snow, car trip home.

Mar 2, 2018, 7:46pm Top

You got your revenge, I see, Sorceress Bryony. It was freezing cold...-9C windchills...icy-rainy, and we lost power a total of nine times due to high winds.


...teach me to hang out with goddesses...

Mar 3, 2018, 6:44pm Top

>212 richardderus: Sorry about that! But if I was a true Goddess I could make the snow go away... I am a little board of it now.

Mar 4, 2018, 4:27pm Top

The Snow is slowleyy leaving. Maybe I do have magic powers.

I had a lazy day today. Read a little... not much more.

Mar 5, 2018, 6:47pm Top

The snow twore has caused more caos at work then the snow it's self.

Mar 6, 2018, 5:27pm Top

Busy day. Two days off now.

Mar 7, 2018, 11:23am Top

Yay for days off!

Edited: Mar 27, 2018, 6:33pm Top

>217 MickyFine: Hi Micky look at 12th go!

I saw Black Panther today and it was very good.

Ok on to books

12.Saga Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

From the worldwide bestselling team of FIONA STAPLES and BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained SAGA event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat, and the refugee experience.

Oh I am still enjoying this series so much, this volume was very sad.


13.Saga Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

Again Love this. This Volume ended a little more hopeful.


Edited: Mar 7, 2018, 6:47pm Top

Gift Party:

Mar 8, 2018, 5:10pm Top

Today was productive, I completed 3 art pieces and read a bit. So I am happy.

Mar 8, 2018, 5:11pm Top

>220 BBGirl55: That is excellent! Huzzah!

Mar 9, 2018, 6:23pm Top

Today was long and hard! Got to do it all again tommorow.

Mar 10, 2018, 6:18pm Top

I can start my weekend now!

Mar 11, 2018, 9:03am Top

Have a good weekend!

Mar 11, 2018, 4:39pm Top

First reading slump of the year... I hope it goes away soon.

Mar 11, 2018, 4:59pm Top

>225 BBGirl55: Oh, dear! I always try rereading an old favorite when that happens. Hoping you can kick it to the curb quickly.

Mar 12, 2018, 6:00pm Top

>226 Crazymamie: I plan to go to bed with a old favourite tonight!

My that is alot of martini!

Mar 13, 2018, 7:31pm Top

So I have not been active much here in the last week or so, the main computer in the house is playing up something cronic. And reading this site on my phone hurts my eyes after just a short while. I hope to get back around to reading everyones threads soon but until then I hope everyone is well and is enjoying what they are reading.

I am almost half way through One Hundred Years of Solitude and a third of the way in to Broken Homes and only scratched the surface of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. I hope to aleast 2 of them finished by the end of the month.

The weather got cold again... more of the white stuff is due.

Mar 14, 2018, 11:48am Top

Mar 14, 2018, 11:56am Top

>229 MickyFine: Oh, I love that!

Hello, Bryony! Sorry to hear about your computer woes - total bummer, Hoping it gets fixed soon. I never made it though One Hundred Years of Solitude - I abandoned it half way even thought the writing was lovely. I did read his Love in the Time of Cholera, though. And I love those Rivers of London books!

Mar 14, 2018, 1:58pm Top

Good luck with the computer. Sorry, I've had plenty of computer woes myself.
>229 MickyFine: So pretty, says the person who doesn't have to drive in it or shovel it.

Mar 14, 2018, 6:18pm Top

>229 MickyFine: yes that stuff.

>230 Crazymamie: Hi Mamie, I am finding it very slow... but I am a Hufflepuff I will see it to the end.

>231 mstrust: The computer is playing up still. I had to shovel Snow, well it was more ice at work.

So today was a rolacoaster at work, then on the way home I saw a boy get hit by a car. He is ok just cuts and bruses, the car was turning a corner so was traveling quite slow. Diver was very shook up too. And I sit surounded by Christmas onements. It has been an odd day.

Mar 14, 2018, 7:02pm Top

>230 Crazymamie: >228 BBGirl55: I don't even think I'm going to attempt to tackle One Hundred Years of Solitude. A high school friend of mine absolutely adores Gabriel Garcia Marquez and on her suggestion, I got through Love in the Time of Cholera. Funny thing is that she just never seemed the type for deep books in HS, while I probably did - and I would rather read something fun any day of the week!

Mar 15, 2018, 11:27am Top

Sounds like a rough day, Bryony. Hope today is better.

Mar 15, 2018, 11:39am Top


Mar 15, 2018, 7:51pm Top

>233 rretzler: it has been a slogg

>234 MickyFine: Hi Micky. Today was better.

>235 richardderus: Hi Richard thanks for the hugs.

Mar 16, 2018, 6:58pm Top

Ok that was a long and now the white stuff apoches.

Mar 17, 2018, 7:49pm Top

So that was a day, the snow came, had to work, £200 on a scratch card but new friend pasted away today. So I really don't know how to judge the day

Mar 18, 2018, 7:41pm Top

Reading slump be gone!!!!!!!!

Mar 19, 2018, 6:25pm Top

This bears repeteting:
My day.

Mar 20, 2018, 3:07pm Top

Mar 20, 2018, 6:57pm Top

>241 MickyFine: Thank you Micky I like hugs.

Life satus: computer still on the blink, Mum is alot better and the weather is sucky.

Reading status: Slow.

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