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Ellie's (elliepotten) return to reading for 2018

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Feb 2, 2:01pm Top

Hello everyone! It's me, your most favourite English muffin! A few years ago I might have gone with 'English rose', as fellow LT veterans may remember - but these days 'English muffin' definitely has a more accurate ring to it...

For those who DON'T know me, I'm Ellie, I'm 30 (which means I'm hitting my 10-year Thingaversary this year, wow), and I live in the Peak District with my family and three cats: Millie (Titch/Mouse), Domino (Spud/Flufflepuff) and Leo (Monsieur Le Floof/Sunbeamz). Who needs only one name per cat when you can have twelve nicknames on the side, right? I used to run a second-hand bookshop, have a book blog, run a bookish Instagram, all those things, but now I've pretty much pared myself right back to my roots here on LibraryThing.

I was diagnosed with Asperger's/ASD last year, which makes pretty much no difference to anything here, but I thought I'd throw it out there in case anyone else is like "Oh yeaaaah, me too, let's talk fidget toys!" and ALSO because I have an autism-related book or three to read this year, soooooo... relevant? On top of that, I'm a borderline-housebound agoraphobic and have severe chronic IBS, which isn't a bundle of laughs - but it contributes beautifully to making my books a welcome escape and comfort.

I love: blackbirds singing, bright flowers, my first coffee of the morning, smart sitcoms, shortbread, those pretty patterns you get when a swimming pool's surface is reflected on the ceiling, Buzzfeed quizzes (but what kind of pizza am I?), chicken fingers dunked in ketchup, getting up really early and watching telly while I eat breakfast, trees, indulging my pop culture obsessions.

I hate: wasps, the Daily Mail, fire alarms, any spider bigger than a money spider, cheese that isn't on a pizza, those people who are like "Oh yah I just bought a new car for the second time this year and I'm going on a month's cruise to the Caribbean WHAT DO YOU MEAN TIP THE WAITRESS I THINK NOT I'M NOT MADE OF MONEY", icy pavements, fireworks, sultanas in curry (it's unnatural).

I read: pretty much anything. Previous 'WTF' highlights include a falconry guide, a book about biscuits, and a delightful little number called Boned by the Triceratops (joke gift, totally read it anyway). I read quite a bit of non-fiction, and some of my favourite books of the last two years have included The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle, Dawn of the Dumb by Charlie Brooker, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (a lifelong favourite), It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby and Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. Oh, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE 'page to screen-ing' it - reading the book, then watching the TV or movie adaptation!

Aaaaanyway, I had a truly terrible year of reading in 2017 - mostly because I've been working on a project for someone else that means that in my free time I've either really not WANTED to read any more, or I've felt guilty and carried on working instead - so I am RARING to go for 2018. As soon as I finish said project, hopefully in the next few days, I'm going to unleash myself on my own bookcases for the first time in NINE MONTHS. I can't wait!

BONUS: Number of prompts completed on the 2018 PopSugar list, which you can see in my post here: 2/50

BONUS: Number of ROOT (Read Our Own Tomes) books completed, as per my thread here: 1/30

Edited: Feb 2, 10:01am Top


** Books in bold are my favourites so far! **

1. Night - Elie Wiesel (message 148)
2. The Gifts of Reading - Robert Macfarlane (message 150)
Bonus: How It Works: The Cat - Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris


** Movies and TV shows in bold are my favourites so far! **

1. Lucky Jim (1957) - starring Ian Carmichael and Sharon Acker (message 113)
2. Imagine Me and You (2005) - starring Piper Perabo and Lena Headey (message 134)
3. While We're Young (2014) - starring Ben Stiller and Adam Driver (message 146)
4. Bio-Dome (1996) - starring Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin (message 152)
5. Girls Season 1-3 (2012-4) - starring Lena Dunham and Allison Williams (messages 169/188/237)
6. Matilda (1996) - starring Mara Wilson and Embeth Davidtz (message 254)
7. Capote (2005) - starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Clifton Collins Jr.

Dec 26, 2017, 12:49pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 26, 2017, 12:54pm Top

>3 drneutron: Cheers m'dears - and thanks for setting us all up again for 2018! I promise I'll actually read things this year! :)

I don't think I've ever been so early to the new year's group either, I'm well chuffed with that!

Dec 26, 2017, 2:18pm Top

Hi Ellie, a big welcome back and I wish you a good reading year ahead. Did you stop buying books as well or was it just the reading on the backburner.

Dec 26, 2017, 2:49pm Top

Welcome back Ellie!

Dec 26, 2017, 5:58pm Top

So glad to see you here again! Starred again. I wish you lots of great reading. : )

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 1:17pm Top

>5 avatiakh: A bit of both, maybe? It felt a bit daft to keep buying books when I wasn't reading any - but I did pick up a few, of course. ;) And I bought a couple for myself for Christmas, so I'm desperate to dig into those as soon as I finish this darn project. Hopefully by, or just AFTER, the New Year, wheeeee! Nine months I've been other-reading-free, it's not natural!

>6 souloftherose: SO glad to be back - and I'm hoping to read and socialise a bit more this year! I may not be as good at keeping up as I was back in the day (I think I'm in my tenth year on LT now?!) but I'll try to be BETTER at least! :)

>7 Berly: Berly! I'm not dead! Also that blue lamp is kind of magical, I love it...

I suppose I should really go work on the thing so I can not work on the thing after New Year, and can READ ALL MY OWN THINGS instead, but I don't wannaaaaaaaaa. I think I'm coming down with a cold, and my cat's sick, and I just want to watch crap telly and sleeeeeep. MUST POWER THROUGH. :D

Dec 27, 2017, 1:48pm Top

You sound like a delightful person to be around.

Dec 27, 2017, 2:26pm Top

>9 neverstopreading: That is the loveliest of compliments! May I say, I've been snooping through our shared books (as you do) and you're one of the handful of people I've ever stumbled across who gave Lord of the Flies a similarly unimpressed rating. I like that. Welcome! Pull up a chair and help yourself to snacks... :)

Edited: Dec 27, 2017, 4:44pm Top

Dropping off a star, Ellie! I'm one of those sticks-in-the-mud who refuses to start a thread until the new year has actually started, but I'll definitely be keeping up with your 2018 adventures.

Dec 28, 2017, 1:31am Top

You have written the introductory post that I wish I could have written. I ended up going with a two short sentence understatement!
I'm excited to have re-starred you for 2018, having lost you in 2017....I pretty much star threads in early January and then stick with them for the year, so can miss out on a lot in the name of trying to be economical from the get go :)
I look forward to seeing what you're reading!

Dec 28, 2017, 6:51am Top

>11 MickyFine: I got impatient. I was really tired and had that Boxing Day hangover you get even if you didn't drink a single drop of anything interesting on Christmas Day, so I was like, "What will make today nicer? I KNOW LET'S GO PLAY ON LT AND ALSO GO THROUGH EVERY ONE OF THE SIX MILLION TICKER OPTIONS ON TICKERFACTORY." :)

>12 LovingLit: Haha, thanks. I felt like last year's was a bit... blah... and also I MAY have had a fairly hefty dose of my medication before I wrote this one. I tend to do my *cough* 'best work' when I'm either very, very tired (4am on readathons) or off my face on codeine. :D Also, to be fair, you didn't miss much in 2017. After about March my thread was pretty much just tumbleweed and cobwebs - I'll do better this year, I promise!

Dec 28, 2017, 9:21am Top

Welcome back! I'll be starring your thread as well, and here's to a better reading year in general!

Dec 28, 2017, 10:32am Top

Hey Ellie! *smooch*

Dec 28, 2017, 11:10am Top

Well a * for a *. You'll find me in the comfy chairs awaiting your Harry Potter reviews.

Dec 28, 2017, 11:45am Top

Thanks for stopping by - nice to 'meet' you.
Yes - cats need multiple nicknames. Ours have many. I need to find your book blog. I have one too.

Dec 28, 2017, 11:57am Top

>14 LibraryLover23: I'll drink to that! *clinks coffee mugs* Welcome, welcome, pull up a chair, help yourself to cookies, etc etc...

>15 richardderus: EVERYBODY OUT THE WAY! *barrels into Richard for a hug* Gawd, I've missed this place.

>16 BBGirl55: Hi Bryony! Help yourself to the shortbread tin while you wait... And *SPOILER ALERT* my reviews will prooooobably be basically "I loved it all over again, I laughed, I cried, I kind of want to marry Bill Weasley since he's now Domhnall Gleeson in my head, Lupin's still my favourite Marauder, I will never forgive J.K. Rowling for everyone she killed off in the Battle of Hogwarts, and can we all celebrate that moment in the first book where Fred and George unknowingly enchant snowballs to repeatedly bop Voldemort in the face... OVER AND OUT." :)

>17 SuziQoregon: Weeeell, I had one. Book Addicted Blonde, it was called. Or Musings of a Bookshop Girl before that, when I... y'know, had a bookshop, haha. Same blog, different name. It's been pared back to my favourite posts now, sort of archived, but it's still there! Maybe I'll fancy taking it up again one day? And YES to the cat nicknames. Amazing how five minutes after you name them they end up being called pretty much everything BUT that... :)

Dec 28, 2017, 12:05pm Top

>18 elliepotten: *ooofff*

Yep, no place like home, is there? I spent too much time on Trumpbook and Twitter for my mental health reserves to handle effectively. Now I'm cocooning here among the bookishly mad.

It's good to see you here more often.

Dec 28, 2017, 12:30pm Top

>19 richardderus: There really isn't. And OUCH, yes, I understand completely. I came off all my social media for that very reason, it was just... not good for me. Cocoon away, my darling! *chucks heap of blankets* *also some sofa cushions* *and a dazzling array of throw pillows* COCOON AWAY. I'll try and be around more this year so poke your head out every now and again and say hello! :)

Dec 28, 2017, 1:20pm Top

>18 elliepotten: my reveiws for Harry Pitter usuly go. ' you all know I love this lets move on'

Dec 28, 2017, 1:49pm Top

Welcome back, and have a great reading year!

Dec 28, 2017, 1:58pm Top

I see your friends are gathering round! Just keeping up here. : )

Richard, toss me one of those throw pillows (ha! see what I did there?) and a blanket, please.

Dec 28, 2017, 2:11pm Top

>23 Berly: Here ya go, Miss Lady

Dec 28, 2017, 2:53pm Top

>12 LovingLit: Didn't she, though? An absolutely delightful introduction to self and thread, Ellie. So glad to see you around.

Dec 28, 2017, 2:58pm Top

Welcome back! I love the decorated bookshelves in that top photo.

(And I'm also not a big fan of Lord of the Flies, though I think in part it was ruined by that year's English teacher.)

Dec 28, 2017, 3:19pm Top

Hope your 2018 is filled with good reads!

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 3:33pm Top

>21 BBGirl55: Oh good, then you'll understand when mine are equally succinct. :D

>22 mstrust: Ohhhh, I do hope so... And same right back atcha, of course!

>23 Berly: Another cocooner! (Cocoonite?) We'll make giant LT blanket fort with little rooms for each of us (and a few communal lounges and snack zones, obviously) and live there until 2018 is over. Good thinking, Kim!

>24 richardderus: Okay, I need those cushions, like, yesterday. Especially the green one, because 1) clearly true, and 2) my whole room is green, it's my favourite.

>25 Luxx: HA. Thanks. You know that my motto is basically "why write three lines when you could write a small and ever-so-slightly-manic illustrated essay"... :D

>26 _Zoe_: Thank you very much, they are my very own. The paper chains and dangly bauble thingy are for Christmas, the owl tile is from a dear (and now very sick, sadly) friend who used to frequent our bookshop, and that little model of the person at the bottom is ME, surrounded by my three cats and several piles of books. My mum had it commissioned as a cake topper for my 30th this year. And Pikachu you probably recognise already. :D

Also Lord of the Flies, riiiiiight? I didn't read it at school, it was only a few years ago, but I just... expected a lot more. More psychology, more steady descent into Base Human Nature - and it didn't happen that way. Their humanity dropped away in great unexplained leaps, and there was a LOT of whining and stomping around on the beach, let's be honest here, and I JUST DID NOT LIKE IT OKAY. And I love desert island 'make or break the spirit and the man' type stories, so I was a prime candidate to adore this one. Oh well... Boo to disappointing books AND to literature-destroying English teachers who really should know better!

>27 thornton37814: I'll drink to that! *cheers* Welcome Lori, find yourself a seat and help yourself to the Early Bird Buffet!

Dec 28, 2017, 3:55pm Top

>24 richardderus: I have always liked you!! Thanks. Now I can be all comfy/cozy whilst I hang out here. : )

>28 elliepotten: And I brought some snacks...

Dec 28, 2017, 3:59pm Top

>29 Berly: *narrows eyes suspiciously* Needs more chocolate... but an excellent start to our snack corner, thank you kindly! :P

Dec 28, 2017, 4:04pm Top

>28 elliepotten:, >29 Berly: Heh, they're the greatest, those pillows.

Edited: Jan 27, 5:45am Top

So I spotted this over on Katie's mega-non-LT-challenge thread and it looks so fuuuuuun. Not sure I'll actually tick many off - I'm a sucker for starting lists and then rebelling against them five minutes into the New Year - but we shall see... I'll add ideas in italics for now, and change them... somehow... once I've actually read them. Bold, maybe? And touchstone-d?

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - Fight Club, Ender's Game, Jurassic Park, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Travelling to Infinity, Bridget Jones's Diary, High Fidelity, A Good Year
2. True crime - Mindhunter, Manson, Columbine, One of Us, The Night Stalker, Life After Death, Go Down Together, Orange is the New Black
3. The next book in a series you started - Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, An English Boy in New York,
Midnight in Austenland, Silence of the Lambs, Little House on the Prairie, The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop, Birds, Beasts and Relatives, Three Men on the Bummel, Dearly Devoted Dexter, Kisscut, Doctor Sleep, Tidal, The Lost Symbol, The Burning World

4. A book involving a heist - Artemis, The Goldfinch?
5. Nordic noir - The Dogs of Riga
6. A novel based on a real person - The Paris Wife (the Hemingways), Sleeper in the Sands (Carter/Carnarvon), 11/22/63 (Kennedy/Oswald), Look Who's Back (Hitler), The Danish Girl (Lili Elbe), On the Road (Kerouac, Cassady et al)
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - Sleeper in the Sands, Tracks
✔ A book with a time of day in the title - Night by Elie Wiesel
9. A book about a villain or antihero
10. A book about death or grief - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - The Cuckoo's Calling, one of the Bronte sisters' first three novels (before they revealed their true identities)
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Line of Beauty, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, A Boy's Own Story
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - The Phantom of the Opera, Matilda
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (American-Chinese), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Dominican American), Never Let Me Go (Japanese), Norwegian Wood (Japanese), Battle Royale (Japanese), Everything, Everything (Jamaican American)
15. A book about feminism
16. A book about mental health
✔ A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane
18. A book by two authors
19. A book about or involving a sport
20. A book by a local author - Black Dog, twist prompt to Pride and Prejudice (WRITTEN locally)
21. A book with your favorite colour in the title - Anne of Green Gables
22. A book with alliteration in the title - Darkly Dreaming Dexter
23. A book about time travel
24. A book with a weather element in the title - The Wind in the Willows, The Sun Also Rises, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, The Snow Goose
25. A book set at sea - Sea Legs: One Family's Year on the Ocean, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
26. A book with an animal in the title - You Can Take the Cat Out of Slough...
27. A book set on a different planet - The Martian
28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Norwegian Wood, Eleanor Rigby, Tender is the Night, Heart-Shaped Box,
One for the Money, About a Boy, Rain, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, Maneater

29. A book about or set on Halloween
30. A book with characters who are twins - Harry Potter, The Secret History, Gone Girl?
31. A book mentioned in another book - Carry On (Fangirl), The Secret Garden, Pride and Prejudice (Matilda), To Kill a Mockingbird, Walden, On the Road (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), The Hobbit, Middlesex (The Borrower), The Communist Manifesto, I Capture the Castle, Brave New World, Little Women, Romeo and Juliet (Among Others), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Othello (The Secret History), Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility (The Marriage Plot), Sherlock Holmes (The Thirteenth Tale), Murder on the Orient Express (The Dinner), Lolita (Wild), Bel Canto, the Sookie Stackhouse series (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry), a book from The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend or the Thursday Next series
32. A book from a celebrity book club
33. A childhood classic you've never read - The Wind in the Willows, The Little Prince, Treasure Island, Pippi Longstocking, Pollyanna, one of the later Laura Ingalls Wilder books
34. A book that's published in 2018
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - All the Bright Places (YA, 2015), Beneath the Surface (science/tech, 2015), Landline (fiction, 2014), Mr Mercedes (mystery/thriller, 2014), The Ocean at the End of the Lane (fantasy, 2013), Eleanor and Park (YA, 2013), Doctor Sleep (horror, 2013)
36. A book set in the decade you were born - IT, The Secret History, Eleanor and Park, 1984, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, My Best Friend's Exorcism, The Line of Beauty
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)


Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - 2005 - Never Let Me Go, Twilight, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Voices from Chernobyl, Stuart: A Life Backwards
2. A cyberpunk book - Ready Player One
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - A Clockwork Orange, The Five Orange Pips, Blueberry Muffin Murder, Orange is the New Black
6. An allegory
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
8. A microhistory
9. A book about a problem facing society today
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge



Dec 28, 2017, 5:03pm Top

That's a heck of a list!

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 5:03pm Top

>32 elliepotten: I did one of their challenges a few years ago and it was fun. But I find keeping up with The List (my TBR) enough of a challenge (how did I let it creep up to almost 100 already after going clean slate early last year? how?) so I just do smaller challenges now.

Dec 28, 2017, 5:28pm Top

>32 elliepotten: that is a list, that is a scary list. Might do it... will decied in the new year.

Dec 28, 2017, 7:06pm Top

>32 elliepotten: Oh no no no. No. Can't even. Terrifying.

>34 MickyFine: ...
...zero. No books. None. On. The. TBR.
*brain explodes*

Dec 28, 2017, 7:24pm Top

Dec 29, 2017, 12:40am Top

Dec 29, 2017, 4:04am Top

>33 Luxx: Yeaaaaah, I think I'll probably fit whatever I read into the list, rather than the other way around - at least to start with. Then maybe it can just be a prompt later on if I'm having a 'BUT WHAT DO I REAAAAAD' moment!

>34 MickyFine: Yup, I usually stay away from challenges for pretty much the same reason! I think I'm just overexcited this year, being able to leap back into my books at laaaaaast. I'm chomping at the bit already! I don't think for one second I'm going to get anywhere near a complete list!

>35 BBGirl55: I'm just using it as a suggestion box really. Like pulling a prompt out of a hat when I can't decide what to read next!

>36 richardderus: See above. DON'T PANIC!


>38 Berly: I will take all of those with coffee, please and thank you. *nods approvingly* I literally finished my breakfast about ten seconds ago, would it be bad to have an actual real-life delicious chocolate right now? It doesn't count between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, right?! ;)

Three days to go until the New Year, and I have 23 pages of my project left to finish, followed by a complete read-through of all 162 and some bonus editing. Can I do it?! Possibly not, but I'm going to have a darn good go. Even if I DON'T I might start the New Year with a book day, the rest will just have to wait!

Dec 29, 2017, 5:11am Top

>39 elliepotten: you can do it *holds pom-poms at ready

Dec 29, 2017, 6:18am Top

>40 BBGirl55: Well, I have a lovely cold at the moment - mostly the headachy, sore throaty kind rather than the 'can't breathe or taste anything' kind so far, thank heavens - so I might have a little play amongst the bookshelves later, pick out some possible choices for each prompt. That sounds like a nice way to while away an hour or two on a snowy day! :)

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 7:37am Top

OH NO THERE IS A FOLIO SOCIETY SALE! And the very beautiful £85 book (well, two books in one actually) that I've been eyeing for pretty much a whole year is half price! One for my Thingaversary book buying spree? And maybe to celebrate finishing this project and returning to my books?! Maybe use some of my Christmas money?

*does double take* Uh oh, two of my other all-time favourite books are there too, also on sale, at £15 and £17. *eyes bank card longingly* *sweats* SOMEBODY HOLD ME BACK!


Dec 29, 2017, 8:27am Top

>41 elliepotten: just rain here. Bloody cold though

>42 elliepotten: oh dear book sales are never good. I spent a £110 on my thinaversary book last year.

Dec 29, 2017, 8:39am Top

Stopping in to place a star! I love your introduction. I too love the Harry Potter books and tried to do a re-read this year. I didn't get to all of them. So I am going to try again this year. My reading waned in August and has been slow going this last part of 2017. I've enjoyed the distraction so not too upset about not reading that much, but I do miss it. I look forward to seeing your books read this year.

Dec 29, 2017, 9:50am Top

Stopping in to drop off my star and wish you a happy New Year (and a lot of reading in 2018!).

Dec 29, 2017, 10:04am Top

>42 elliepotten: Don't be daft, Miss Eleanor Potten, BUY THE BOOKS!! Thingaversary...sale...Folio Society...what power on earth could justify not celebrating such a concatenation of joys?!

Dec 29, 2017, 10:07am Top

>42 elliepotten: Hold you back? Nonsense! Give a little push. : )

>39 elliepotten: Chocolate does not count between Christmas Eve after 3pm and 12:01am January 2nd.

Oh, and I almost forgot...

Edited: Jan 11, 9:26am Top

So, I've had cold medicine and now this lil plate with two satsumas at the top and a shortbread finger across the bottom looks like the Cookie Monster's face. What I'm SAYING is, now would definitely be a good time to go buy the things and blame it on the medication, right?

>43 BBGirl55: - That's what I'm worried about... ;)

>44 crazy4reading: - Come in, come in, pull up a chair! I tried to do a HP reread a couple of years ago and only ended up reading the first two (and watching the first two movies). I'm not sure why, except that I don't think I was in a greaaaat place at the time and I may have wanted to stop while the books were a bit lighter and less death-y? Possibly?

As for the reading drop-off this year, what *happened* is that I took on kind of informally editing a short novel written by someone in my family - he's dyslexic, so originally it was just ironing out spelling and grammar. That was maaaaybe going to take two months, I reckoned. That was in... March? April? What it's turned into is a complete rewrite, ironing the clunk out of every page as best I can without actually changing too much of his underlying characters and plot. That's been a whooooole different kettle of fish - it's still going, and along the way I've ended up basically dropping all of my own hobbies and projects (especially reading!) because I'm either working on the book, thinking about working on the book, feeling guilty about not working on the book, or doing something that's completely away from any possibility of reading OR working on the book.

TL:DR I'm working my ass off until New Year so that by the time those fireworks start I'm as close as humanly possible to finally being able to read my own stuff again! I'VE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED TO BROWSE MY OWN BOOKSHELVES! :)

>45 archerygirl: - Well, hello there! Here's hoping we all have a wonderful year's reading ahead of us!

>46 richardderus: >47 Berly: - I knew I could count on you both... *downs coffee, bites head viciously off chocolate reindeer, and opens up the FS website again* :P

Dec 29, 2017, 11:43am Top

>36 richardderus: Oh there were hundreds on the TBR, RDear. I just gave myself permission to clear it off entirely and start from scratch because it was feeling less like exciting things waiting for me and more like books I felt I HAD to read. It was a bit scary to do, I'll admit but it's worked out well. And it's nice to see a want to read list that numbers close to what I can feasibly read in a year.

>48 elliepotten: Looking forward to the haul list after your shopping spree. ;)

Dec 29, 2017, 1:22pm Top

>49 MickyFine: More superb moral and financial guidance, thank you so much... :P

Dec 29, 2017, 2:12pm Top

>49 MickyFine: I have items on my wishlist from 1998. I have items on my physical TBR from before you were born!

Clear it off, ha.

>50 elliepotten: And what were you expecting to be different? Hmm?

Dec 29, 2017, 2:42pm Top

>48 elliepotten: Oh I do love a good haul list.

>51 richardderus: I tallyed up my numbers some of the books on my tbr and some have been there for 22 years of my life. As much as I try I just cant seem to pick up The Two Towers I just can not seem to.

Dec 29, 2017, 3:11pm Top

>51 richardderus: Going clean slate isn't for everyone, it's true. I feel like one of your early reads in the New Year should be one of those before my birth ones though. I'm curious now. :D

Dec 29, 2017, 3:30pm Top

>52 BBGirl55: Oh no no no, Bryony! Expunge the dread article without guilt or remorse! Easily the dullest, most turgid, least appealing thing in the awful awful awful Bored by the Rings trying-ology!

>53 MickyFine: The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat book club edition purchased ca. 1982 it is.

Dec 29, 2017, 3:50pm Top

>54 richardderus: *claps hands in glee*

Dec 29, 2017, 3:53pm Top

I ran across this shirt earlier today and thought it would appeal to a few people around here (including me):

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 3:55pm Top

>54 richardderus: I wish it was that simple. But it was a Grandmother gift... I can 't seem to part with it... and wow a book thats older then me...

Dec 29, 2017, 4:20pm Top

>57 BBGirl55: OIC

Well, at the very least expunge it from the mental TBR. The object itself, not so much.

Dec 29, 2017, 4:44pm Top

>51 richardderus: Absolutely nothing, dearest, Self-sabotage at its finest. ;)

>54 richardderus: *smacks Richard (gently and with great affection) upside the head with Gandalf's staff* Hush, you.

>55 MickyFine: Introverts unite! Separately! In our own homes!

Dec 29, 2017, 4:45pm Top

>58 richardderus: sound advice Richard thank you.

Dec 29, 2017, 5:17pm Top

>56 MickyFine: Perfect :-)

Dec 29, 2017, 5:24pm Top

>59 elliepotten: OW!! Those staffs are really, really hard!

Besides, you can't honestly say you liked that tiresome trudge around the Midlands, can you. Now be honest. I'll know if you're fronting to impress your friends.

>60 BBGirl55: I live to serve, mam'selle.

Dec 29, 2017, 5:32pm Top

>62 richardderus: I think I keep keeping on my tbr because The Hobbit was so good and I like to complete lists.

Dec 29, 2017, 5:38pm Top

Please believe me: The trilogy is as unlike The Hobbit as it is possible for literature written in the same language to be. I loved The Hobbit! Loved it! Was entranced and enamored. I cannot describe the feelings of betrayal and heartbreak I experienced when I read the trilogy, the sense of being duped and betrayed by Tolkien, that master criminal against the Body Literate of English!

Srsly. Keep the Grannybook and stroke it fondly once in a way. Do NOT open it lest its miasma of heinousness infect you with thoughts of self-harm.

Dec 29, 2017, 9:56pm Top

Lovely intro, Ellie - I look forward to following you this year.

Dec 30, 2017, 3:59am Top

>32 elliepotten: I see the 10 book challenge in my future over the 50 book challenge....

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>62 richardderus: I... actually did... *hangs head in completely fake shame* I might not if I read it again, admittedly. With the best will in the world, I have a lot less concentration for meandering novels these days. I still plan to attempt to reread them soon though, I have a beautiful new set that hasn't been opened yet! THE SPINES FORM THE TREE OF GONDOR, RICHARD!

>64 richardderus: *rolls eyes and leaves 'em to it* :P

>65 majleavy: Welcome! Pull up the squishiest armchair you can find, help yourself to the buffet table, and Happy New Year when it rolls around tomorrow night! :)

>66 LovingLit: I doubt I'll hit more than 20 at a push, to be honest! But hey, maybe if I'm having one of those 'BUT WHAT SHALL I REAAAAAAAD' moments the prompts might just give me a little shove. At the very least they might steer me towards some of the older and oft-forgotten books lurking on my shelves? *sighs* I do love a good book list, but I can guarantee that by 2nd January I'll want to read anything BUT whatever's written in that post... :)

Dec 30, 2017, 4:55am Top

maybe if I'm having one of those 'BUT WHAT SHALL I REAAAAAAAD' moments
I have them every time I finish a book! Even when I am reading other books! So many times I cruise the bookshelves picking up, putting down, indecisively perusing the books....it is a commitment, after all ;)

Dec 30, 2017, 4:59am Top

>68 LovingLit: It iiiiis! I don't mind it if it's the *good* kind of dithering, where you're just pottering about amongst the shelves happily, browsing and sipping tea and having a lovely time. It's when it's the *bad* kind of dithering that I need a nudge sometimes - when you end up stomping about like Godzilla, flinging books back on the shelves, wanting to read but nothing seems RIGHT. That's when a list helps no end, haha. :D

Dec 30, 2017, 5:28am Top

Got you starred, Ellie, and I'm already behind in reading your thread!

Dec 30, 2017, 6:39am Top

Hooray for our favorite English muffin! It would be so nice to have you back in the fold in '18 and let's hope this kick-starts your reading. There is never a shortage of book bullets flying about.

I hope you pick Ready Player One. It is definitely an LT favorite.

Dec 30, 2017, 8:39am Top

Thanks for stopping by my thread, Ellie! I have dropped a star here and am anticipating the getting on of my happy - your thread made me smile BIG. And anyone who has the set where THE SPINES FORM THE TREE OF GONDOR *envy eyes* and can wield Gandalf's staff has my complete attention.

Hoping you did purchase the gorgeous Folio books. And that you do read Ready Player One - just read that last year, and it was really fun.

Dec 30, 2017, 9:11am Top

Happy New Year, Ellie and best wishes for a wonderful year of reading!

Dec 30, 2017, 1:30pm Top

>70 CDVicarage: Haha, that's alright - it'll slow right off once I actually have to read something... ;)

>71 msf59: Oh, I'm definitely reading it! It's been on my TBR shelf for quite long enough, and I could do with some really fun, amazing reads in January, get things off to a good start!

>72 Crazymamie: Oh yaaaaaay! If I can brighten up your day for five seconds, then my work is done. I will almost definitely buy at least one of those Folio books, I'm just *cough* assessing my bank balance, haha. Working out whether I reaaaaaally need to buy food this week. :P

>73 Carmenere: Happy New Yeaaaaar! And happy reading to us all.

Dec 30, 2017, 4:05pm Top

>56 MickyFine: OMG I NEED this shirt!!

Dec 31, 2017, 11:34am Top

Happy reading in 2018, Ellie, happy to see you back & your thread exploding!

Dec 31, 2017, 12:28pm Top

Happy New Year! I wish you to read many good books in 2018.

Dec 31, 2017, 3:53pm Top

>76 FAMeulstee: Isn't it just? I hadn't seen this much action by about August last year!

>77 The_Hibernator: Thank you - and I do hope so!

Happy New Year to EVERYBODY HERE, may your 2018 be happy, healthy, hopeful - and filled with wonderful books, of course. :)

Dec 31, 2017, 4:02pm Top

Happy New Year🎉

Jan 1, 12:24am Top

Dropping off a
And wishing you

Jan 1, 3:57am Top

Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

Jan 1, 7:18am Top

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Jan 1, 9:50am Top

I'm here! I'm here! And I haven't read a single post on this thread. Hello!! :D

Jan 1, 11:38am Top

Welcome back! Happy New Year and happy new thread! *crawls into blanket fort with chocolate and half a dozen pillows*

Jan 1, 11:50am Top

Welcome back, Happy New Year, Happy Reading.

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Edited: Jan 1, 1:42pm Top

Happy New Year all! Hope you all had a fab night - and a morning appropriately tailored to whatever level of inebriation or general frivolity was achieved before you went to bed! ;)

And now, as I promised Kathy, to kick off the thread properly, here are my New Year's Celebration Reading Buddy Thread Mascot Cat Selfies. You have been warned.

(L-R Leo, Millie and Domino)

And a celebration it turned out to be, in fact. Last night my sister's boyfriend rolled up at our house in a nervous state, to tell us that he was planning to ask her to marry him today! AND HE DID, AND SHE SAID YES, AND I JUST ACQUIRED A BROTHER AND MY BABY SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED AND I AM SO HAPPY! I've cried, like, four times today, it's wonderful - especially coming off the back of a lot of horrible things and bad news at the tail end of 2017.

Now I just need to finish my editing (seven pages to go!) and I can start my New Year properly, with all the books and movies I've been putting off all these months, and I can't wait. I feel a little bit invincible today, and that hasn't happened in a while. Wheeeeeeeee!

Edited: Jan 1, 1:15pm Top

>79 BBGirl55: - Happy New Year Bryony! Hope this one starts off better than the last one ended... *hugs*

>80 ronincats: - Hey Roni! What a shiny star, thank you... :)

>81 PaulCranswick: - I love your little messages. Always so welcoming and just... LOVELY.

>82 Carmenere: - And right back at you, of course!

>83 msf59: - ENGLISH MUFFIN, YESSSSSSS. Good man yerself!

>84 Ape: - WELL GET BACK UP THERE AND READ EVERY SINGLE no I'm just kidding, you don't have to do that. I swear, I didn't get into the 80 messages vicinity until, like, November last year!

>85 foggidawn: - *adds biscuit tin and several blankets* Have fun in there!

>86 Whisper1: - I'll drink to that, for all of us! *clinks mug of Baileys hot chocolate gleefully*

>87 rosylibrarian: - Happy new year, happy reading and all of those other lovely things as we sail on into 2018!

Jan 1, 1:25pm Top

Happy 2018!!

Jan 1, 1:26pm Top

>74 elliepotten: Oh piffle, food buying is optional! After all, you have a mother. She'll feed you.

>88 elliepotten: Oh frabjous day, callooh callay!! YAY for all the good news!!

*ignores unpleasant realities*

Jan 1, 1:33pm Top

> OMG THEY ARE ADORABLE. Although Leo appears to be giving a death glare. My two are now posted in my thread, but getting them to pose for selfies with me is impossible. I sneakily photographed them while they were asleep on their favourite chairs :-D

Also, CONGRATULATIONS! That is such a wonderful moment to have. I was about as emotional as you when my baby sis got engaged a couple of years ago.

Just wait until the wedding. You will bawl. It's the best feeling.

Jan 1, 3:22pm Top

ELLIE!!! Lovely to see you back, m'dear, and lovely to see the cats too! I'm so excited for you to start reading your own darned books again. :)

Jan 1, 3:44pm Top

Here's to good books, good conversation and good friends!

Awww . . . nice to meet the kitties

Congrats to your sister and future brother-in-law!

Jan 1, 5:10pm Top

>88 elliepotten: Yes we have Kitties and fine kitties they are. cograts to your baby sister enjoy having a brother... pre warning they can be pains..

Jan 1, 5:19pm Top

Happy New Year, Ellie!

Jan 1, 7:10pm Top

Happy new year, Ellie, and here's hoping you have a great reading year! Congrats to your sister, too, what exciting news!

Jan 1, 9:40pm Top

Happy New Year, Ellie! Congratulations on the acquisition of a future brother-in-law! Such wonderful news to start out the year.

Hope the editing is all out of the way and you've dived into the pages of something more fun. :)

Jan 2, 12:17am Top

>88 elliepotten: Love the kitties!

Jan 2, 1:07am Top

>88 elliepotten: Totally missed the engagement bit! Congratulations!! How fun!

Jan 2, 4:33pm Top

Starred! 🌟 I love the selfies with various cats. You must have so much fun with them. Wonderful news about a new family member. What a terrific way to begin a new year!

Jan 2, 4:37pm Top

>88 elliepotten: I am happy for you, Ellie - lovely news! And I adore the kitty photos!! What a handsome bunch you've got there!

Jan 2, 4:39pm Top

Hi Ellie, so glad to see you again. Starred you. I love the cat selfies.

Jan 3, 12:56pm Top

>88 elliepotten: Congrats to you and your sister! And thanks for sharing your lovely brood!

Jan 3, 4:21pm Top

Hi Ellie! Great to see you back in such good form. I was also AWOL for most of last year so lets hope we can both do much better this year. And I'm another one saying just read Ready Player One already. It's a blast and the film is coming out pretty soon!

Jan 4, 1:38pm Top

>69 elliepotten: stomping about like Godzilla, flinging books back on the shelves, wanting to read but nothing seems RIGHT.
So true. The books, they can try you!

Exciting family news! yay!

Jan 5, 3:49am Top

I'M HERE I'M HERE I'M HERE. We keep losing our internet in the rubbish weather, so if I disappear again it's because I've had my ten seconds for the day! At least I'm editing OFFLINE - partway through the final run through now, so I should be back with my own books before the weekend's out! :D

>90 Berly: - Happy New Year sweets! :)

>91 richardderus: - Head firmly in sand while we celebrate. That's the only way.

>92 archerygirl: - I WILL bawl, you are absolutely correct. I cry at anything and everything these days, ESPECIALLY soppy family things. At her graduation a few years back everyone was like, "Oh my goodness, that poor girl, is she ill, has she had terrible news?" and I was just like "NO IT'S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL THAT'S MY SISTER SO PROUD AAAAAAAAAH." So... yes... I will be the picture of dignity. :D

P.S. Is this any better?!

Jan 5, 4:07am Top

Okay, so instead of typing out 'Happy New Year, and thanks!' twenty times, I'll say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all the HPN well wishes and congrats to my sister. She's having the littlest wedding and she's semi-planned half of it already, I'm so impressed, haha. I think secretly they've been thinking about some of this stuff for a while... :)

>95 BBGirl55: - Haha, indeed. It'll be his first time having a sister too. Between that and starting to throw around terms like 'wife', 'husband', 'son-in-law' and 'fiance(e)', we're all feeling all strange and new this week!

>98 MickyFine: - *cough* Nope. Not quite. I finished the first full run-through though, so all that's left is a final re-read, note down any discrepancies, take out anything that's clearly irrelevant/unnecessary now that I know the whole text inside out, check for typos... should be much quicker now! Going to make a kind of readathon of it today, see how far I get. :)

>101 Donna828: - Hehe, yup. I'm known in this family as something of a 'cat selfie pro', haha. My future brother-in-law is taking lessons, sending me starter selfies with their cat Wally. Whenever anyone goes on holiday I SnapChat them cat selfies throughout the week so they know all is well, that's how it started! :D

>103 cameling: - Oh, it's lovely seeing so many familiar faces returning! As soon as I get a day to myself I'll come find all the threads I haven't starred already, spend a little time catching up before I start reading again!

>105 HanGerg: - Welcome back! Yup, that's one of the reasons I want to read Ready Player One soon. I don't think I've ever seen anyone who DIDN'T love that book, even my pickiest of reading friends - and the trailer coming out was an 'uh oh, need to get cracking' warning! :)

Oooookay, back to work. I'm going to be heading around the threads and stuff over the next few days hopefully, try to catch up if the internet will stay on long enough (it's doing that annoying thing right now where it'll be on for two seconds, off for two, not enough to do anything useful but plenty enough to cause chaos if you don't save EVERYTHING as you go!).

Jan 5, 8:51am Top

>107 elliepotten: That faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace

Jan 5, 1:18pm Top

>108 elliepotten: Good luck with the final go through.

Such a cute fur baby!

Jan 5, 1:27pm Top

Oh, those final edits! The last chance to fix everything is a slow process.

Jan 5, 3:25pm Top

>109 archerygirl: - I thought that might do the trick. He looks well smushy when he's getting ear scritches... :)

>110 MickyFine: >111 richardderus: - We may have got slightly derailed by other things today, but so far so good. Spotted a couple of glaring discrepancies that don't add up later, so they've been fixed with some satisfaction. Every page down is another page closer to that little stack of books and movies, chicken pizza and pack of pains au chocolat I've been saving to celebrate! My second and 'true' New Year! :D

Edited: Jan 5, 4:45pm Top

Movie: Lucky Jim (1957) starring Ian Carmichael and Sharon Acker

Not a book, no - but it was my first movie of the year, it's a literary adaptation so it half counts, and it was an absolute delight, so here we are. I read the novel a few years back and rather enjoyed it, but it didn't prove particularly memorable and the farcical elements definitely got a bit much after a while. Cutting it down to movie length worked wonders for me, with a mixture of an excellent cast, quick wit, deadpan humour and an absolutely pitch-perfect comedic performance by Ian Carmichael that stayed firmly on the right side of ridiculous. It had quite a modern feel to it too, which surprised me. I laughed out loud enough times to label it a definite success, and when the credits rolled I had the biggest grin on my face! Wonderful.

The good news: it's not too lengthy (almost exactly an hour and a half), and it's on BBC iPlayer for about four or five more days if any UK viewers fancy giving it a go!

Jan 5, 4:31pm Top

cat selfie pro - When I can figure outt how to make myself not look awful in the photo, I'll consider myself one of those.

Jan 5, 4:44pm Top

>114 thornton37814: For me the key is hiding most of my face behind the aforementioned cat, while allowing JUST ENOUGH of myself to show to make it clear that I'm probably laughing quite hard by this point. :D

I'm also a master of the 'tandem birdwatching' selfie, in which I and a cat, in perfect profile, watch bird television together. Often there will be a pigeon involved. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS HOW VERY DARE YOU.

Jan 6, 7:33am Top

>113 elliepotten: Oh, I've had Lucky Jim (the book) on my radar for a long time, but I didn't know there was a film, too! Good to know.

>115 elliepotten: Your "HOW VERY DARE YOU" made me giggle right out loud.

Jan 7, 11:59am Top

Jan 7, 3:21pm Top

>116 scaifea: The "HOW VERY DARE YOU" had me giggling, too :-)

Jan 8, 9:09pm Top

If your back on before wednesday morning there is a vote going on over on my thread.

Jan 8, 10:33pm Top

Hi, Ellie. Just checking in to see how your reading is coming. Yes, I am sort of the Book Police. I hope your internet issues have been corrected.

Jan 9, 12:03pm Top

>119 BBGirl55: What day is it... OH OH IT'S TUESDAY be right theeeeere!

>120 msf59: *cough* Well, I'm very happy to announce that I FINISHED THAT MOTHERCHUFFING EDITING PROJECT THIS AFTERNOON! I could not be happier. I've gone over that manuscript three times, I've ironed it out as much as I can, and now it's winging its way back to its original author with a pile of notes and the best of wishes. It might come back my way yet, but there shouldn't be more than a day or two's work left by that point.

WHICH MEANS that I am finally ready to have my 'New Year 2: The New Year Actually Happens' and start reading! We tackled the vet's this morning - a major source of anxiety for me - and so there's only a few little chores and a grocery shop tomorrow morning left to do, and I'm thoroughly free to have a mental vacation. A little book buying maybe, definitely some book reading, movies, music and some yummy food. Oh, I'm so happy and relieved and just generally exhausted. :D

Jan 9, 12:58pm Top

Happy new new year, Ellie!

Jan 9, 1:19pm Top

>121 elliepotten: At chuffing last. Yay Ellie!

Jan 9, 1:23pm Top

>121 elliepotten: Hooray! *throws confetti and party streamers over Ellie*

Jan 9, 1:45pm Top

>121 elliepotten: Congratulations! That's a big accomplishment!

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>122 katiekrug: - Yaaaaay!

>123 richardderus: - I will most definitely drink to that. With orange juice, I'm too tired for anything else! :D

>124 archerygirl: - *frolics merrily* Wheeeeee!

>125 foggidawn: - It IS! It's the first major project in years that I haven't lost interest in, or crashed out of, or ended up having to drop because of depression or anxiety... So not only am I excited that I get my time back at last, but I'm super-proud that I FINISHED IT.

So my to-do list now goes:
- Write letter to our dear old friend from the bookshop, who's now very sick but who managed to leave a message on Mum's answerphone this afternoon, so we know he's getting his weekly cheer-up packages okay.
- Grocery shop, mostly for vacation-esque reading snacks lets be honest.
- Catch up on LT threads from the last week, because I've kept myself resolutely off the forums in the name of finishing my work!

Jan 9, 4:07pm Top

Huzzah for doing all the things you want to do!

Jan 9, 4:34pm Top

>121 elliepotten: & 126 Happy Happy Days!

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Okay, I still got up at half six because Domino was scratching around in every litter box in the vicinity, which is... worrying. She's a very large fluffy cat with a tendency towards upset stomachs, so damage control within minutes of the offending incident can be quite important, haha. I THINK all's well, but everyone else is still sleeping so as far as that chunk of the house goes, who knows? I've just checked her over, made my breakfast and retreated for a bit. >:)

SO WHERE DO I START?! I've got that supermarket trip this morning (in which treats and possibly even a celebratory book will be bought, maybe Little Women or The Power, if they have them?), but before that I think I'm going to spend an hour just rearranging my DVD shelves and browsing my bookshelves, picking out what I want to enjoy first now I've got my time back. I feel like I've got to choose really well; it's my first book of 2018 AND my first read in months full stop. I'm a bit out of practice here (not something I ever thought I'd be saying), so it's got to be well paced, engaging, maybe not too long... Gotta make it a good one!

Then as soon as I get home, me and the aforementioned treats will be putting our collective feet up in my library corner and having a beautiful afternoon together, followed by chicken fingers, ketchup, chocolate and a movie. :D

Jan 10, 9:10am Top

I hope your day is wonderful. Please go vote on my thread again there was a hiccup.

Jan 10, 9:19am Top

Sounds like a most excellent plan for the day, Ellie! Hoping it goes exactly how you want it to. And hooray for finishing up the editing!!

Jan 10, 11:01am Top

I picked one! Out of the 'shortish-brilliant-fun' trifecta I had in mind, I've veered completely towards the first two and gone for Night by Elie Wiesel. I've had it for many years, unread, but it's been singing to me of late - it feels like time, AND hopefully it'll be a fittingly memorable and thought-provoking 'first book back'.

Now, to pick a movie for tonight... Hmmmmm.

Jan 10, 11:32am Top

>129 elliepotten: That sounds like a fantastic plan :-)

Jan 10, 5:17pm Top

Movie: Imagine Me and You (2005) starring Piper Perabo and Lena Headey

Yes, back when Piper Perabo did rom-coms, and before Lena Headey was Cersei Lannister, they were adorable gay ladies in a British rom-com about a newly-married woman falling in love with her wedding florist. I haven't seen this one in a while, but it always puts a smile on my face. It has a cast full of familiar faces - everyone from 'Nicola from The A Word' and 'Gwen from Merlin' to the great Celia Imrie and Anthony Head - and it's funny and feel-good and romantic and has a great soundtrack. Late-2000s me had such a crush on Luce the florist as well, which I'm happy to say has apparently not changed despite her now rather-more-famous Cersei being so utterly sour-faced and vile.


Jan 11, 7:50am Top

>134 elliepotten: Aw, I love that movie!

Jan 11, 7:58am Top

>134 elliepotten: I haven't seen that one, but it sounds really good! I'll have to have a look round for a copy.

Jan 11, 8:06am Top

>135 archerygirl: - Me too! I hadn't seen it for ages but it made me laugh (and cry) all over again. Can't beat a good romcom when you just want to go to sleep happy. :)

>136 scaifea: - It's so cute. I was actually thinking about it the other day, and hoping I still had my copy - then yesterday when I rearranged all my (triple-stacked, crammed to the limit) DVD shelves, there it was, tucked away right at the back with some of my other old favourites. Hoorah!

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Ellie--Congrats on carrying through and finishing the project! Must feel wonderful. And >134 elliepotten: the movie sounds great. I will have to look it up. : )

Jan 11, 9:23am Top

>134 elliepotten: I've not heard of that movie before but it looks like great fun! Sadly, Netflix US does not offer it on the streaming service. I wonder if the local library might have it? Will investigate!

Enjoy your day of treating yourself, Ellie!

Jan 11, 10:42am Top

Hi there Ellie! Happy you're having such a good time with romcoms and treat-buying. xo

Edited: Jan 11, 5:34pm Top

>138 Berly: - It DOES feel wonderful! And the movie's so cute, frothy and fun and so very English (Piper Perabo's occasionally overdone accent aside!). :)

>139 rosalita: - Maybe! Though it's a few years old now, so don't hold your breath!

>140 richardderus: - Indeed! Less of a good time reading Night, admittedly. I had to put it down in tears again, a good couple of hours before bedtime, to avoid nightmares.

On the cheerier side, you'll be glad to know that I treated myself to that Folio Society The Tomb of Tutankhamen, yay! It should be here soon...

Jan 11, 5:41pm Top


That is one gorgeous self-gift. Hours of pleasure just absorbing the gorgeous design!

Jan 12, 2:36am Top

Nice film choice, with Lucky Jim, its a book I have and have meant to read, many a time. *sigh* that ole chestnut!!

Jan 12, 2:43am Top

>142 richardderus: - Oh, I do hope so...

>143 LovingLit: - It was so funny! I love it when a movie comes on TV and you 'give it a go' just because it's there and on and FREE, and it turns out to be brilliant.

And yeah, I know those chestnuts. I've got a treeful meself... ;)

Jan 12, 2:46pm Top


Jan 12, 3:21pm Top

Movie: While We're Young (2014) starring Ben Stiller and Adam Driver

I thought this movie was going to be quite different to what it actually was. I expected some kind of comparison between generations, an 'original vs. hipster' story with a little romance, a little soul-searching, a little humour, a little examination of what it means to grow older and to face that change head-on. That's where the film started, at least - and then it somehow turned into an exploration of filmmaking and mentorship, especially the ethics of documentary filmmaking, deception and creative license. There was also a slightly addled parenthood storyline that veered from Naomi Watts defending her lack of desire to have children while being surrounded by friends with babies - a powerful narrative and one I related to a lot - to her realising she wanted kids all along and making that her new life purpose. Groundbreaking. */sarcasm*

Don't get me wrong, I loved the first forty minutes or so, particularly a montage showing the comparison between digital and non-digital pastimes (vinyl vs iPod, gaming apps vs board games, watching devices apart vs watching VHS together). Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, as always, were absolutely wonderful, they lit up the screen every moment they were ON it, being all louche and beautiful and utterly natural - and I'm glad I watched the whole thing - but I'm also glad I watched it on Netflix and didn't pay to rent or buy it. Shame.

Edited: Jan 12, 4:29pm Top

I've actually finished Night now as well - thoughts to come, though it'll definitely just be a collection of horrified musings rather than a review - and I also watched the final episode of the new Little Women TV series. I've been putting it off because I knew it would be *the Beth one*, but it was time. Sooooo there will be no more from me tonight, I've cried too much and too hard and now my eyes hurt and I just want to sleeeeeeeep.

I've picked up Bohemian Manifesto by Laren Stover to read alongside my next 'solid' book - I think I'll be able to dip in and out of that one, it's beautiful and charming already. I also picked up A Passion for Books, edited by Harold Rabinowitz, but... I'm not sure about that one. Like the others, I've had it for a good eight to ten years, and it's about books, but it looks a bit... inaccessible. Like it might be of the kind of slightly elitist, old-fashioned, 'very specific references to very specific people, books and collections that you've never heard of but written as if you should know all of them' ilk rather than an 'everyman book lover' type of deal. Aaaaand finally, my next 'solid' read - one that is to be read straight through, not dipped into as and when - will be The Human Experiment by Jane Poynter, one of the scientists who lived for two years inside the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona.

Gawd, my eyes are burning. Does this message even make sense? Dunno. Time to de-screen and wind down for the night, I think!

>145 SuziQoregon: - *intones solemnly* Aaaaaaaameeeeeeeeeeeen.

Edited: Jan 13, 3:44am Top

1. Night, by Elie Wiesel (4*) - nonfiction

Well, this was a horrifying choice for my first read of the year. I knew it would be, of course, but it really got under my skin. Wiesel's writing is beautiful and visual and profound, and I wasn't prepared for just how much disbelief, anger and very personal soul-searching I was going to be hit with in the space of so few pages. I had to keep stopping to close the book, take some deep breaths, wipe my tears away and carry on. I wished I didn't have to carry on. Then I felt guilty and disrespectful, because he DID have to carry on, so who the hell was I to want to walk away from his book when he'd survived, and been brave enough to share those terrible memories, and to dedicate his life to making sure we never forget how easily the darkest side of humanity can rise up and try to make terrible things 'acceptable'?

Three things that particularly stuck with me:

- The way Wiesel repeatedly became so used to the daily life of the concentration camps, so set in their routines, that he started to become almost complacent, and therefore the reader gets lulled into a false sense of security too. "We get soup, we get sleep, the work isn't so bad..." And then, each time, something HAPPENS. Something that is so terrible, so devoid of humanity, that it shakes both prisoner and reader to their core all over again.

- The very modern sensibility of the prisoners. We tend to think of the Holocaust as historical, as a long time ago, in a different age, with different sensibilities - but Wiesel's thoughts were exactly what ours would be. It WASN'T a long time ago. How, in a modern era, could someone get so close to actually wiping an entire minority off the face of the planet? There are photographs, and news reports, and global superpowers fighting - how can no one know? And if they do know, how can they be okay with the atrocities taking place behind that barbed wire? Or even ignore it?

- The attitudes of other people who came into contact with the prisoners. They made me feel sick. The giggling girls flirting with the officers and ignoring the starving men marching alongside them. The curious people throwing scraps through the train bars and watching desperate people kill each other over a crust of bread. All of those people who laughed, watched, exploited and ignored... IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

I couldn't give this book five stars, because I hated every minute of it, and also some of the more religious themes were a bit lost on me (I'm not familiar enough with Jewish culture) - but as a piece of literature it was almost perfect, and I will forever be glad that I read it. I will never forget that I read it, and those moments of almost inconceivable cruelty will be etched into my brain for a lifetime.


- (Towards the end of their seemingly-endless run through the snow between Buna and Buchenwald, during which many prisoners died) "We were the masters of nature, the masters of the world. We had transcended everything - death, fatigue, our natural needs. We were stronger than cold and hunger, stronger than the guns and the desire to die, doomed and rootless, nothing but numbers, we were the only men on earth."

- (From Wiesel's Nobel acceptance speech) "I explain to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remained silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the centre of the universe." Still as relevant today as ever...

This book also counts for:
- ROOT challenge (on shelf since May 2014, and I think I had a different edition before that too)
- PopSugar challenge, prompt 8 (a book with a time of day in the title)

Jan 13, 11:34am Top

>148 elliepotten: Congrats on your first book of the year and for making it through one that's such an emotionally devastating one. I read that one in high school English class and I don't think I'll ever reread it.

Edited: Feb 9, 2:21pm Top

2. The Gifts of Reading, by Robert Macfarlane (2*) - nonfiction

Awwww. I had such high hopes for this little essay book. It's another of the annual Independent Booksellers Week pamphlets, and I LOVED the last one I read. The Unknown Unknown by Mark Forsyth was a love letter to books and bookshops, deliciously relatable and full of humour and wisdom. It made me want to rush out to my nearest bookstore and browse for hours. This one, however, was more of a love letter to Patrick Leigh Fermor, mountaineering and his own books, and made me mostly just want to go read something else. I've never bought any of Macfarlane's longer (and, it must be said, extremely well-regarded) books before, because I had an inkling that his style wouldn't be for me - and as it turns out, I was right.

Shame, this one WAS a gift, a little Christmas stocking-filler, so it would have been lovely if it had been a keeper. Ah well. Can't win 'em all, right?

This book also counts for:
- PopSugar challenge, prompt 17 (a book that was given to you as a gift)

Jan 13, 12:10pm Top

>149 MickyFine: Exactly. It's definitely an 'It was amazing, but I hated it; everyone should read it, but I never want to see it again' kind of book. It's like... the mirror image of Anne Frank's diary? It's full of death and despair but ends on a vague note of hope and life, whereas her book was full of hope and life but ended with death. Her book, I will read and reread throughout my life; his book, I can't. I just can't. I'll be recommending it heavily though!

Edited: Jan 13, 3:21pm Top

Movie: Bio-Dome (1996) starring Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin

Well, that was ridiculous. Thanks for nothing to the (possibly disowned) online friend who went, "Oh, you're interested in the biosphere experiments? I know a movie you should watch!" *heaves a sigh of despair* Unfortunately, I was a little on the young side when this one came out, so I didn't know any better. By the time I got to gross-out teen comedies, we were a couple of years further down the line, with films like Dude, Where's My Car? and American Pie. Aaaaanyway. Basically, two complete idiots get accidentally locked into the Arizona biodome with the scientists at the beginning of a year-long experiment, and it's decided that they'll just have to stay. Mayhem ensues. They ruin everything. Then, in probably the best part of the whole movie, they develop a couple of extra brain cells each, help fix the place up, and save the project. That part was kinda sweet, especially because I'd felt my own brain cells dying off for the previous hour and a bit of the movie, so I was looking for any kind of whisper of redemption by this point.

I can't believe I paid money to rent this. I CAN say that I'll really enjoy The Human Experiment now. The real deal. Grow back a few of those brain cells. Not sure there's any more to say, really... *wanders off in a daze, shaking head in disbelief*

Jan 13, 6:46pm Top

>148 elliepotten: Never again. No. Can't. Won't.

But absolutely essential reading for all the reasons you give.

>151 elliepotten: Oh hell. Sounded promising. *sad sigh*

>152 elliepotten: Ugh!

Jan 14, 3:33am Top

>153 richardderus: On Night - exactly. If you meant The Gifts of Reading - you might love it! Everyone else seemed to. I was just expecting a more booky essay, not a vague and quite general philosophy of gift giving interspersed with some mountainy bits and 'stuff people ask me to write when I sign my books'. The Unknown Unknown was one of those 'I'll keep coming back to this for fun and inspiration and bookish love' essays; this one was an 'and INTO the charity bag it goes' deal. It was only £2, no harm no foul I guess. Sometimes even the best and most beloved writers are just Not For You. And as for Bio-Dome? Quite. >:(

Jan 14, 8:30am Top

There are books being read! There are books being read! Hooray!

Happy Sunday, Ellie!

Jan 14, 4:52pm Top

>146 elliepotten: I have a strange and intense attraction to Adam Driver. I can't figure it out, as I am generally not given to swooning over men. But there's just *something* about that guy.

>148 elliepotten: this one was an incredible read. I remember vividly some 'scenes' of such depravity they made me cry with an incredulity of how human beings could act in such ways to each other. I want to read the others in the series too, but have not been able to muster the courage :)

Jan 14, 5:39pm Top

>152 elliepotten: There's a minimum amount of pot you have to smoke before watching a Pauly Shore movie in order to sufficiently enjoy it.

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>155 msf59: - There are! And another three on the go: The Human Experiment, A Passion for Books AND Bohemian Manifesto. *sighs happily*

>156 LovingLit: - The human capability for evil genuinely terrifies me sometimes.

On a happier note, I don't know what you mean... *coughs and blushes*

Yeah, same. My sister, too. Mum thinks we're insane. You know what it is? He's super tall and looks amazing in a fitted T-shirt, he has big soulful brown eyes and swooshy hair, he's all smart and deadpan, and he can go from being incredibly intense to being a giant puppy dog in about three seconds. And every time he acts he makes it look so utterly natural. *shrugs* Not that I've thought about it or anything... :P

>157 neverstopreading: - About the same amount that they smoked before they made it?! Never fear, I won't be making that mistake again. :D

Jan 15, 1:54pm Top

I haven't been able to pick up Night. One of these days . . . maybe

Jan 15, 5:01pm Top

>159 SuziQoregon: It's been sitting on my shelves for something like ten years, in two different editions... You are not alone! Really not a book you can just pick up *whenever*, you have to be ready for it. You'll know when the time comes!

Edited: Jan 16, 12:52pm Top

I don't get the attraction of Adam Driver. Star Wars: The Last Jedi I found his shirtless scene in Star Wars uncomfortable and just wanted him to be clothed. But if you like him, I'm happy for you. I'll just be over here drooling over Wilson Bethel.

Jan 16, 9:34pm Top

I found you Ellie! Finally. A couple of thoughts:

You actually chose to watch a movie starring Pauline Shore? Wow. That’s amazing.

Your review of Night is excellent. I have the book on my shelf but I haven’t been brave enough to read it yet. I was especially interested in this comment in your review:

the way Wiesel repeatedly became so used to the daily life of the concentration camps, so set in their routines, that he started to become almost complacent,

This was a fascinating aspect of the concentration camp experience that I also discovered when I read Fateless earlier this month. It’s unbelievable for us, as onlookers to understand this and I still find it to be pretty unbelievable.

Edited: Jan 17, 9:38am Top

>161 MickyFine: I just started watching Girls - and six episodes in, he hasn't had a shirt on ONCE. Often he has also lost his pants. Occasionally underwear. :P To each their own, of course - and anytime anyone feels like posting hot shirtless dudes on my thread, that is FINE BY ME. Who is this Wilson dude? And why does he look so good 'doing a Mr Darcy'?

>162 brenzi: Helloooooo! I WAS TRICKED, I FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT. I had no idea. And then I felt like I had to watch the whole movie because I'd spent actual money to rent it. What a disappointment that evening turned out to be.

And thanks on the Night front - not so much a review as a collection of horrified blurtings, but I appreciate the appreciation! One of those books that's a mind-bending string of "Surely it can't get any worse... Oh, okay, yup, it happened" moments. Once read, never forgotten, I think.

Jan 17, 3:46pm Top

>163 elliepotten: He played Wade on Hart of Dixie. Recommended. And not just for the eye candy. ;)

Jan 17, 6:52pm Top

I watched Bio-Dome a couple times when I was 12-13ish and thought it was hilarious. I saw it on TV not too long ago and thought "Oh, hey, Bio-Dome, I remember that!" and flipped it over. Terrible. Completely terrible. I'm so glad I caught a few minutes of it so I didn't do what your friend did, because in my foggy memory it was a classic! *Shudders*

Jan 18, 9:33am Top

>164 MickyFine: I still miss Hart of Dixie so much! I should totally rewatch it because I definitely don't have any other shows to watch.....

Edited: Jan 19, 10:09am Top

>165 Ape: The reviews underneath the movie (I watched it on Amazon Video) would suggest that many people had similarly spectacular memories of it. Some ended up being horribly disillusioned upon rewatching it; others gave it five stars for the nostalgia factor... I hope... YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Sooooo I'm having a lovely time today. It's vile and dark and rainy outside, and all my chores and tasks are done for the week - everything from washing my hair to a prescription review at the doctor's - so I'm drinking copious amounts of hot tea and coffee, reading The Human Experiment (a bit too much fannying about describing other projects and trips at the beginning, but we're finally at the 'designing the biosphere' stage), watching Girls season 2, and doing online quizzes. Domino is asleep nearby, on a cushion next to the radiator, because obviously. All is well. Except for my hip, which is on fire, but my evening meds will help that no end. Wheeeeee! :)

Jan 18, 12:21pm Top

Shirtless hottie frosting a chocolate cake.

You're welcome.

Edited: Jan 19, 10:11am Top

TV Show: Girls, Season 1 (2012) starring Lena Dunham and Allison Williams

Well, colour me surprised. I bloody loved this! I read Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl and was Not That Kind of Impressed - lots of offputting and borderline dodgy attitudes towards all kinds of things on display - so I was really not that bothered about trying her series out, to be honest. But my friend loves it, and I had Amazon vouchers to spend, and the entire 1-6 box set was on sale, so I decided to try it. And to my delight, even without the presence of Adam Driver's naked bottom (amongst others), I REALLY enjoyed it.

It manages to be a tiny bit inspiring, a fair bit amusing, and a whole lot relatable. These girls - and the people around them - feel completely real. It was like I was back in uni again, with those different friends, those different women, all circling and caring and careening off each other: laid-back, uptight, skinny, not skinny, rich, poor, drinkers, non-drinkers, readers, bohemians, reality TV junkies, all different shapes, sizes and interests. It's like the anti-Sex and the City, all awkward sex and rent problems and getting your hands dirty - and I liked it. I liked it very much. I've already started season 2 (YES to half-hour episodes, they're just so effortless) and I'm not planning on slowing down anytime soon. Hooray!

- Me to my eyerolling mother, when another Amazon parcel arrives

Jan 18, 12:49pm Top

>168 richardderus: GOOD MAN YERSELF. We'll draw straws to find out who gets to lick the icing off his spatula. :P

Jan 18, 1:35pm Top

>166 norabelle414: I was using a bunch of gifs from it the other day in FB messenger and it triggered a desire to rewatch, which I haven't succumbed to yet. Yet.

>169 elliepotten: I'm glad you're enjoying it, Ellie. I'm still giving it a pass though. :)

Jan 18, 1:41pm Top

>166 norabelle414: It's available to download from Netflix in the US, so I might now have the first 15 episodes on my phone....

Jan 18, 2:03pm Top

>172 norabelle414: It's not on Canadian Netflix. *pout* I'm considering purchasing it in iTunes because all 4 seasons would only cost me $40.

Jan 18, 2:05pm Top

Happy new year.

Jan 18, 2:40pm Top

Yay for having a lovely day. Sounds wonderful.

Jan 18, 10:45pm Top

>158 elliepotten: *sets up chair, gets drink and glasses (for seeing better), settles in*
Even though I am more of a face person than a body person: thank you. Really, thank you ;)

>161 MickyFine: actually I was strangely disappointed by his shirtless scene in The Last Jedi, it just seems gratuitous, and I didn't want *everyone else* to like him because of it. Just me. JUST MEEEEEEE is supposed to like him!!!
*calms down*

Edited: Jan 19, 5:37am Top

>171 MickyFine: - Real talk: It reminds me what it was like to have friends to talk to and people my own age to laugh with and a partner to lie around with eating cereal. It's been ten years since I had any of those things. It makes me happy and nostalgic in one way, and it's excruciatingly sad in others. Both quite therapeutic, it would seem.

I get a similar vibe from other things sometimes. Like, New Girl is a lot glossier and funnier, but Nick Miller is my spirit animal. :)

>174 richardderus: - Hmmmm. Nice body, shame about the face. Looks a bit... gormless. *scrolls so I can just see from the neck down* Yup, thaaaaat's better.

>176 LovingLit: - *discreetly passes the binoculars* *not that you need them lol* And yeah, the high waistband shirtless look was a bit weird. I'm surprised everyone was so surprised by the prospect of Adam Driver having muscles tbh. I mean, he's a 6'3" ex-marine in a very physical role, he was never going to be a noodle under there, was he?!

I swear to god I am actually reading books right now by the way - I'm just reading three at once so it's taking longer! :D

Jan 19, 9:02am Top

Where have you been all my life?

...I love this thread!

Jan 19, 9:28am Top

>178 LheaJLove: Where I've always been! Sat in my bedroom with my nose in a book and my hands wrapped around a very large mug of coffee. :P

Welcome, welcome!

Jan 19, 10:19am Top

>164 MickyFine:/>166 norabelle414: - Okay, I'd only vaguely heard of Hart of Dixie, but it sounds super-fun, I like Rachel Bilson, and Amazon has seasons 1-4 for £25. Is that all of them? *adds to watchlist*

Jan 19, 10:36am Top

>180 elliepotten: Yep, 4 seasons (the last season is very short). It's super fun and the secondary characters are very funny. Plus, there's an alligator named Burt Reynolds.

(I may have started a rewatch yesterday and I may have watched the first 6 episodes already.... I blame Micky!)

Jan 19, 10:37am Top

>181 norabelle414: Better and better!

Jan 19, 11:59am Top

>181 norabelle414: Yeah, I'm still not sorry about that.

>180 elliepotten: Do it!

Jan 19, 1:07pm Top

>183 MickyFine: Darn it. Like I didn't have enough box sets lined up for the year, haha. WHAT IS ONE MORE, REALLY? :P

Jan 19, 3:01pm Top

>184 elliepotten: It's fluffy and super easy to binge watch. And you'll love it. Have Nora or I ever steered you wrong?

Jan 19, 5:38pm Top

Jan 20, 3:22am Top

>185 MickyFine: >186 norabelle414: Haha, probably not! (Aaaand the Oscar for best GIF usage goes tooooooooo...)

Edited: Jan 20, 1:52pm Top

TV Show: Girls, Season 2 (2013) starring Lena Dunham and Allison Williams

Not much to say really, once you get past the first season of a TV show... I enjoyed it again though! This season was a little funnier at the beginning, a fair bit darker towards the end, and every character learned and grew and developed, got out of their comfort zone a bit, or at least had a couple of experiences that would subtly (or profoundly) change their world view and sense of self, which is important in a long-running series. One or two of the characters that annoyed me a bit in season 1 are really growing on me, which is nice. Shiri Appleby and Patrick Wilson had bit roles. I cried really unexpectedly hard at one episode, which came out of nowhere and just stuck a knife straight in my chest. And the soundtrack still rocks, I'm adding loads of songs to my 'music to buy' list, which is one of my FAVOURITE things when I'm watching TV and movies. On to season 3!

- Megan, that one's for you! :P

Jan 21, 12:19am Top

Popping in to say Hi!

Jan 21, 1:17am Top

>188 elliepotten: aw, Adam just does not handle it well when we are separated :) What a guy.

Edited: Jan 22, 6:21am Top

>189 Berly: - Hi Kim! Hoping to do the rounds of the LT threads meself in a bit - I had a day of reading and NOT being online yesterday. And the day before that I was finally starting to sort through my music collection, which I've been putting off for months. Artists A-C done! Ish. But I can't wait too long or I'll be four threads behind for a few of you, yet again! ;)

>190 LovingLit: - Haha, we can but dream. He's just... phenomenal. Like, every time his character feels something it explodes off the screen, every single part of him radiates that emotion and it floors me. I'm usually a fan for life if an actor can do that. Paul Dano springs to mind, for example, he makes you feel everything as you watch, just in a much quieter way. There are moments in his movies that make me stop and breathe and go "Wow!" and I LOVE THAT.

Sooooo, I managed to read a decent chunk of The Human Experiment yesterday - they're finally closed in the Biosphere, 133 pages in! - as well as another essay from A Passion for Books. Today I'm feeling like death warmed up, I slept terribly and everything hurts, so I'm having a little wander through a few more pages of Bohemian Manifesto before I decide what to do with myself for the afternoon. Watch a movie? Read on? Do a bit of tidying? A bit more music? I DON'T KNOW UGH I HATE NOTHINGY DAYS LIKE THIS WHERE NOTHING FEELS RIGHT EXCEPT NAPPING AND POSSIBLY EATING COOKIES.

Hey! Maybe I'll watch Midnight in Paris again! That's bookish and bohemian-y, right?

Jan 22, 6:40am Top

>191 elliepotten: I see nothing wrong with napping and eating cookies as a day plan.

Jan 22, 7:31am Top

Hi, Ellie!

>191 elliepotten: Ugh, those sorts of days are The Worst. But I see you have a Hiddlesbum to help, and that seems like a good cure-all to me.

Edited: Jan 22, 7:52am Top

>192 archerygirl: - I've managed not to succumb so far. Mostly with the help of some coffee and music. I'm not fancying my chances once we hit about 3pm though! *zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*

>193 scaifea: - Right?! I'm all for 'doing nothing' days that sort of do involve something. Reading some stacked-up magazines to finally get 'em in the recycling, rearranging some stuff for no real reason, catching up on YouTube subscriptions, that kind of thing. But the 'no, really... I don't even want to do any of those things, I just want to stare at the ceiling' days just make me feel like a giant human slug. Ugh. WITH OR WITHOUT HIDDLESBUM.

Jan 22, 12:57pm Top

Hope you've moved away from the human slug phase. Or at least found some tasty cookies. :)

Jan 22, 5:28pm Top

>194 elliepotten: As bad as those days can be, I do feel that if Tom showed up, I could think of something to do with him...

Edited: Jan 23, 8:56am Top

>195 MickyFine: I AM NO LONGER THE HUMAN SLUG. Well, maybe a bit, but I didn't nap, or watch a movie, OR eat cookies, I did other things and stayed awake and generally got through the day and I was very proud of myself. :)

>196 scaifea: Weeeell, I mean, I wouldn't say NO... Can I trade him in if I want a different posh English man? Like Kit Harington, maybe? OR DAN STEVENS AND HIS BIG BLUE EYES OMG YES.

Jan 23, 8:53am Top

>197 elliepotten: No, no, that's fine. I'll just take Tom off your hands, then. *ahem*

Jan 23, 9:37am Top

>198 scaifea: *hands him over carefully, a large gift bow wrapped around his... WRIST OMG MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER PLEASE*

Jan 23, 10:22am Top

>199 elliepotten: *blinks innocently*

Jan 23, 10:23am Top

Wow, I just scrolled through a lot of abs to catch up with this thread, and I am not sorry about it. ;)

Jan 23, 1:17pm Top

>200 scaifea: *narrows eyes suspiciously*

>201 rosylibrarian: NEITHER AM I, MY DARLING. NEITHER. AM. I.

Also, in less *nekkid* news, I just realised that your Thingaversary is also my birthday. Hooray! :)

Jan 23, 1:33pm Top

>188 elliepotten: Hi, Ellie! I've never watched "Girls," but at some point during the series they end up on the campus of my alma mater (and current employer), the University of Iowa. I think the Lena Dunham character gets accepted to the Iowa Writers Workshop? Anyway, they didn't actually film here so it's not as exciting as it could have been. Actually, now that I've read over this, it's really not exciting at all. Sorry about that. :-)

Jan 23, 4:09pm Top

>177 elliepotten: ...he has a face...?

I suppose he has a face as well but honestly I couldn't tell you a single thing about it.

Jan 23, 4:24pm Top

have a English man

Edited: Jan 23, 5:40pm Top

>203 rosalita: Oh honey, I live in my bedroom and the most adventurous thing I do most weeks is go grocery shopping. THAT IS EXCITING! I haven't got to that part yet, but I shall look out for it and be like "Oooh! This is the bit!"! :)

>204 richardderus: OMG HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT DESPERATE ROMANTICS?! I mean, I have the book! And the DVD! And there are so many nekkid bottoms in it!

>205 BBGirl55: Rawwwwr!

Okay, so this thread MAAAAAY have devolved into Man Crush Central, but I'm reading too, I swear! Two more chapters of the biosphere book and two more episodes of Girls S3 down today, and since I have about three items to get when we hit Tesco tomorrow there might be some good Sitting In The Car reading to be done there as well. And THEN Mum's friend who knew me a bit when I was a little girl is coming for a cuppa in the afternoon which MEANS hiding in my room so I don't have to make gushy small talk which MEANS more enforced reading time. *nods wisely, like this is definitely a normal thing*

Jan 23, 7:04pm Top

Wow lots of stuff that’s easy on the eyes here but that last one of Ross Poldark (better known as ???) is just the best.

Jan 23, 7:44pm Top

Have you seen Paterson, with Adam Driver as the quiet, calm, bus driver? He is goooooooood in that. Really good.

Jan 24, 7:52am Top

>206 elliepotten: Hey, now, grocery shopping *is* exciting; when Charlie was tiny, that was often the only time during any given week that I was able to leave the house on my own. so grocery shopping can be sweet, sweet freedom.

Also, to contribute to the on-going Handsome Englishman theme:

Jan 24, 12:46pm Top

I'm so, so, so happy Ellie is back to actively posting again. *scrolls up again to ogle attractive gents*

Jan 24, 1:21pm Top

So much pretty over here....

Hi Ellie!

Jan 26, 5:13pm Top

Hey, Ellie! How's your week going?

I'm totally here just to check up on you and DEFINITELY NOT to re-oogle certain posts...

Edited: Jan 27, 5:14am Top

>207 brenzi: Ohhhh, we are long-time Aidan fans in this house. Before Poldark he was a hot vampire in Being Human (nakidity factor: 4 out of 10?) AND Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics (nakidity factor: 8 out of 10). That scything scene was NOTHING. :P

>208 LovingLit: It's on my list! Amazon Prime video has it at the moment, so I don't even have to rent it. :D

>209 scaifea: Yup, YOU GET IT. Mine's more of an 'I hate everything outside, it's too loud and too busy and bright and there aren't enough public bathrooms and it scares me' kind of reason, but Tesco's pretty much my one definite thing each week. At least I can get most of what I need in one place, whether it's a sleep T-shirt or a bunch of bananas, and it's not tooooooo big so I can look at everything (including the fun stuff) without getting too overwhelmed! And if I'm too anxious I can put my iPod on and drown everything out, and we 'scan as we shop' now so I don't have to get all flustered at the tills, AND if I'm done early I can go sit in the car and read. Yay grocery shopping!

Also I HAD FORGOTTEN THAT SHERLOCK SCENE. I really should rewatch those at some point soon. :P

>210 MickyFine: Actively posting about everything but books. As usual. :D

>211 katiekrug: Heyyyyyy! Still reading I promiiiiiiise!

>212 scaifea: Carry on... :P

Edited: Jan 27, 5:20am Top

Sooooo hi there all. Still reading! Still watching! Domino's sick again - well, a bit of an upset stomach, which on its own is sort out-able, but then last night she jumped off a chair badly and hurt her front leg as well, daft cat. She's walking on it, but making the cat equivalent of 'OWWWW, SON OF A B-' noises every few steps, poor thing. So she's stuck in the spare room to stop her trying to run downstairs and faceplanting from top to bottom, and I'm going to be spending some bonus quality time sitting on the floor with her keeping her company. She's always more likely to settle if she's got her best human in there for snuggles and reassurance. :)

I've read chunks of each of my books-on-the-go in the last few days, and TOMORROW is my 10-year Thingaversary so I'm planning a wonderful reading day to celebrate. An informal readathon, almost. Breaking my diet, possibly, having something delicious for dinner, WITH COOKIES, and spending the whole day with my books.

I've only bought two of my eleven Thingaversary celebratory books so far - money and availability being a thing - but on top of the beautiful Folio Howard Carter Tutankhamen book I bought to celebrate finishing the editing (it's so pretty!), I DID pick up Murder on the Orient Express at Tesco this week. They had the movie tie-in edition for a measly £4, and I've wanted to read it for years, so... there we go. Nine more to choose! I'll spread them out though, enjoy the process, and return with a proper list once I've got them all! :D

High up my list is Shakespeare and Company: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, but I'd really like to order it FROM Shakespeare and Co., so it's going to need a bit of saving up first. You can get the book stamped, and one of the Tumbleweeds will write a poem and slot it inside, and it DOES seem a bit awful to buy a book about a bookshop, published by that bookshop, from Amazon - but it's full price and there's a whopping postage fee if I order it from France. Still, I have a strange kind of history with that shop without ever having set foot through the door, so I feel like I should save the extra money and do the right thing. It'll be all the sweeter for having waited for it, right?! :)

Jan 27, 10:48am Top

>213 elliepotten: Charlie has issues with crowds and noisy places, so we got him a pair of noise-cancelling headsets that he takes with him pretty much everywhere, just in case. Works a charm. And don't get me started on public bathrooms; I have my own full-on set of issues there.

Edited: Jan 27, 11:17am Top

>213 elliepotten: I thought about those! In the end I just went for buying a new iPod. At least that way I have my music on, and I can change between discreet in-ear headphones and whopping great over-ear ones depending on how much I want to drown out.

And yeah, public bathrooms suck. Well, in most places anyway. I'm not super fussy, I just need there to BE ONE, in working order, preferably with a lock still on the door and toilet paper. Even those aren't compulsory, if I can use my foot and my own handbag stash, haha. IS THAT SO HARD?! Really?! We're in the 21st century and we still haven't worked out that every single person out there is biologically designed to have to use the loo EVEN OUTSIDE THEIR OWN HOMES and that it would be SUPER helpful if there were actual working, accessible facilities available, regardless of age, gender and physical (dis)ability. Ugh. *shakes loo roll at the sky and hops off soapbox*

I actually have an entire book full of fairly academic essays about this very subject, called Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing. I should... y'know. Read it. :)

Jan 27, 11:56am Top

>216 elliepotten: Yes! I get anxious not knowing what condition any given public restroom will be in. *shudders*
On the other side of it, there's a restaurant that Tomm, Charlie and I LOVE in Columbus, OH, and we go there every time we're in town. The food is excellent, of course, but the bathrooms - !!! So fancy and ALWAYS CLEAN. I love that place and actually get excited to use the bathrooms there. Ha!

Edited: Jan 27, 1:24pm Top

So, yesterday Bryony posted a list on her thread of her favourite books from each year that she's been in this group, and I was like OMG A BOOK LIST WHAT A GOOD IDEA. So, while I've been sitting in here with Domino, reading to her and generally keeping her company, I decided to have a look back through my own reading. This was so much fun!

I started tracking my reading properly in July 2006, so that was only a partial year, but I'm including it anyway - and I've decided to include one fiction and one non-fiction book for each year, since I read a lot of both. Some high-brow stuff, some decidedly less so! I've avoided duplicates where I reread books and loved them every time (Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs, I'm looking at you) and there were some REALLY hard decisions to make some years (The Count of Monte Cristo vs Persuasion? The Picture of Dorian Gray vs It's Kind of a Funny Story? COME ON!), but... here we go.

2006: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
2007: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: The Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co. by Jeremy Mercer
2008: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran and The Treasures of Tutankhamen and the Egyptian Museum of Cairo by Alessia Amenta
2009: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer and My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin
2010: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
2011: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters and The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember by Nicholas Carr
2012: Rant: The Oral History of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
2013: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
2014: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted by Mark Forsyth
2015: Bird Box by Josh Malerman and Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding
2016: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Newtown: An American Tragedy by Matthew Lysiak
2017: The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle and Dawn of the Dumb by Charlie Brooker

If anyone else does a list too, report back, I wanna come see!

And now... DINNER. :P

Edited: Jan 27, 1:23pm Top

>217 scaifea: We always joke that when we visit any given establishment, food aside, my dad will rate it based on how nice the drive there is, my sister will rate it based on how nice the car park is, and I will rate it based on how nice the toilets are. My mum and stepdad are more interested in what's on their plates, like normal people. :D

Jan 27, 1:26pm Top

>219 elliepotten: Ha! I'm so glad there are more weirdos out there like me!

LOVE the book list idea (of course I do). I keep an excel file of my favorite book by year, but not by year read; it's by publication year. Now I want to do one this way, too...

Jan 27, 3:55pm Top

Okay, I've looked back through the years and made my list, too! So fun! And I love that we both have The Count of Monte Cristo on our lists!

Edited: Jan 28, 8:25am Top

>221 scaifea: Coming to find it right now! :)

In other news, Happy Thingaversary to meeeeeee! I started off my day with coffee and an essay from A Passion for Books (appropriate), then I started reading A Good Year by Peter Mayle (my first fiction book of the year and a long-time occupant of my TBR shelf), and then later I think it's going to be chicken goujons and ketchup, tinned pears and chocolate, and Matilda on DVD. Possibly a few BookTube videos as reading breaks, I love watching readathon vlogs for bookish inspiration and I found a couple of new channels recently so I have lots to explore. POSSIBLY I may have a little look through my bookish wishlist and order a book (or adaptation) or two. Ooooooooh, this is going to be such a nice Sunday! :)

Thank you so much to everyone who's been around here with me for the last ten years, sharing books and cake pictures and good times and rubbish times and everything else that makes LT life so rich; this is the only 'social media' type place where I've actually felt safe and happy enough to stick around and keep contributing and making friends, and I love it. Here's to another few years yet! :D

Jan 28, 8:25am Top

>222 elliepotten: Ah, Black Books! I enjoyed that show.

Happy Thingaversary! Much happy shopping. *smooch*

Edited: Jan 28, 8:28am Top

>223 richardderus: I lived that show, haha. People called me Bernadette for my entire reign at the bookshop, remember? :P
And thank you! Not too much happy shopping, hopefully - but I do have some vouchers burning a hole in my... ummm, Amazon account... so it wouldn't hurt to spend those, maybe. It's not like it's real money or anything, riiiiiight?

Jan 28, 8:32am Top

>224 elliepotten: Real? Pshaw!

Better spent than...well...

Jan 28, 9:22am Top

Happy Thingaversary, Ellie!

Edited: Jan 28, 9:58am Top

>225 richardderus: Ewwwww! All these lovely men and cakes and bookish things on this thread, and you SULLY THE GOOD WORK WE'VE DONE by adding Jim Carrey shoving money up his nose?

>226 katiekrug: Thank youuuuuu! I seem to have spent more time today GIF-hunting and playing on my emails than reading, but... it's not even 3pm yet. I got time!

Jan 28, 10:11am Top

Happy Thingaversary to you, Ellie! I'm glad you're here. Here's to many more LT years — and fabulous books — for both of us!

Jan 28, 11:21am Top

>227 elliepotten: I'd point out that that's Jeff Daniels not Jim Carrey, but I don't want to admit that I know that much about that movie... Oh, wait... DANGIT.

Jan 28, 12:43pm Top

Happy Thingaversary, Ellie!

Jan 28, 4:33pm Top

Happy 10th thingaversary, Ellie!

Jan 28, 5:47pm Top

This thread is fabulous.

Sorry to hear Domno is sick. Hope she's better soon poor baby.

Happy Thinaversary!

>218 elliepotten: What a great idea and a fab list.

Jan 28, 8:43pm Top

Congratulations on the Thingaversary, Ellie. Hope you managed to squeeze in a little bit of bookish time. Please distribute some get better smooches and scratches to Domino.

Jan 28, 10:54pm Top

Happy Thingaversary!!

Jan 29, 3:43am Top

Thanks for posting all the cute guys. ; )

Happy Thingaversary!!! And book buying. Have a cupcake!!

Jan 29, 4:46am Top

>228 rosalita: I'll drink to that! *clinks mugs*

>229 scaifea: It's both, is it not? I've never seen Dumb and Dumber, I somehow avoided it growing up, but playing 'name the actor and everything I've ever seen them in' is one of my particularly useless Asperger's talents, haha. Much to the despair of my long-suffering mother, who couldn't care less 95% of the time. :D

>230 Crazymamie: >231 FAMeulstee: >234 norabelle414: Thank youuuuuu! :)

>232 SuziQoregon: She's okay! A couple of days shut in the spare room, with me reading to her and keeping her company (she's like a toddler when she's poorly, she just wants LOVE), and she's moving a lot better again. She's curled up next to me on a cushion right now. :D

And kudos to Bryony for the 'best books' idea, it's aaaaaages since I've made a good bookish list and had a happy wander through my 'read in 20xx' categories, so I couldn't resist!

>233 MickyFine: *scritches Domino's ears fondly* I did! I read a chunk of a couple of books, added £235 of books and DVDs to my Amazon basket (*cough* I'll be needing to edit that down by about £220 then) and then watched Matilda as planned. I laughed, I cried, I found this GIF and laughed again - it was aaaaaaall good.

>235 Berly: Oooooooh! I'll take that green children's book one at the front, please and thank you! :D

Jan 29, 6:43am Top

TV Show: Girls, Season 3 (2014) starring Lena Dunham and Allison Williams

Not much to say this time around, to be honest. Some of the characters I found super annoying in the first series have turned out to be about the only ones with an actual moral compass (Ray, Shoshanna), some of the ones I liked in the first series have turned out to be fairly awful people (Jessa, Marnie), and Hannah is every bit as self involved as everyone said before I started watching. There were some episodes set away from NYC - a road trip, a beach house - which provided a bit of variety, even if they didn't really take the overarching plotlines anywhere. A MASSIVELY irritating new character was introduced (Adam's sister) and I was very glad when she disappeared again for a while because she was just too much. Bit parts from Richard E. Grant, Felicity Jones and Louise Lasser were woefully underused, but great while they lasted. I mean, all this makes it sound like I didn't like it - I did, it just wasn't as good as the first two seasons, and there were no stand-out episodes particularly. The music's still great though; if nothing else, I've added a bunch more songs to my 'look-up list' for next time I have an iTunes spree!

Jan 29, 7:43am Top

>236 elliepotten: Apologies! You're right, of course! The gif wasn't loading all the way for me earlier, so I only saw Daniels.

Jan 29, 10:19am Top

Belated happy Thingaversary!

Jan 29, 1:52pm Top

Happy belated Thingaversary!

Jan 29, 2:45pm Top

The gifs are sending me laughing!!! Too good!!

Edited: Jan 30, 1:00pm Top

>236 elliepotten: Huzzah for bookish time!

Hope your Monday wasn't too Monday-ish.

ETA You might want to pop over to my thread. There's a bit of news worth seeing. I think, anyway. ;)

Jan 30, 9:36am Top

Happy Thingaversary, Ellie. Your thread is so much fun. We’re glad you’re hanging with us for another year. Keep up the good work, and by that, I mean the eye candy upthread. 😉 oh, and your favorites list is most excellent!

Jan 30, 3:55pm Top

Happy Late thingaversary!

Jan 30, 4:37pm Top

Happy Thingaversary Ellie!

Jan 30, 5:08pm Top

And a belated Happy Thingaversary from me as well, Ellie!

Edited: Jan 31, 12:14pm Top

>238 scaifea: That would explain it... :D


>243 Donna828: *curtsies, looks most humble* I do what I can... :P

Thanks for all these kind messages since I last checked in! I am having a couple of those 'my emotions are on a rollercoaster and all I can do is riiiiide it out' days, and I feel TERRIBLE for it, ugh. We went to a bridal boutique yesterday morning, and my sister tried on the most perfect dress and looked like a princess and I cried and I was SO HAPPY. And then I was coerced into trying on dresses too and I was a bit perturbed, because I already had a 'normal' dress in mind and these were all proper prom/bridesmaid dresses. And then I tried on a fancy one and twirled in front of the mirror and was happy again, and SOMEHOW things got out of hand and we ordered both dresses. And then we went home and I saw photos of myself in the dress and was like "Oh god that's not as nice as I thought, and it literally has NONE of the things I wanted, and it's four times more expensive than I expected, and I never wear that material or colour ever" and was miserable and also annoyed with myself. And THEN I found out that our school's resident 'John Keating'-esque teacher, the one beloved by students, parents and teachers for year after year, just died, far too young and quite unexpectedly, of the crushingly destructive disease that is MND. And I was MORE miserable. And then I totally crashed and had a crisis of everything from self-worth to love to money to mortality and ended up completely flailing and falling out with Mum and crying every ten minutes and giving myself a cracking headache and IT JUST HASN'T BEEN A GOOD 24 HOURS REALLY.

↑ Actual footage of me, trying to muster the energy to finish my laundry

So now I'm just waiting out the day, getting some chores done, looking forward to bedtime, with a view to having a bit of a mental health day tomorrow. Reading, fish and chips for tea, catching up on BookTube, maybe watching a movie in the evening, and not thinking about anything dress-y or financial-y or death-y WHATSOEVER. Y'know?! *wanders away tiredly to fold some sheets or something*

Jan 31, 12:11pm Top

Aw, hang in there, Ellie! Your plan for tomorrow sounds most excellent.

Jan 31, 12:28pm Top

Big hugs, Ellie. I hope your mental health day helps; I'd be happy to come over, sit next to you and eat fish and chips with you, just a friendly and sympathetic presence with no chatting necessary (but of course the fish and chips would be most vital).

Jan 31, 12:29pm Top

>247 elliepotten: Sorry to hear you've had such a rough time, Ellie. Sounds like a hermit day is just what the doctor ordered. Cozy up with those adorable furballs of yours and have a mellow evening, friend.

Jan 31, 1:36pm Top

These are the times that try one's soul. I send hugs and smooches for a happier tomorrow.

Jan 31, 4:15pm Top

I have to admit - the GIF's pretty funny!

Feb 2, 5:42am Top

>249 scaifea: Your altruism is heartwarming. :P *flicks chip across the table*

>252 drneutron: Also relatable. :D

Anyway, cheers all, I'm feelin' so much better now. A day or two of high emotion and cathartic weeping, than I gathered myself up and CARRIED ON. :)

I chatted to Mum and Hannah about the Dress Situation (and we came up with a possible alternative which is pretty much exactly what I originally had in mind), I ate CHIPS and watched Capote on DVD and watched BookTube videos, and TODAY I'm planning to get some little jobs done and maybe finish The Human Experiment, and all is just generally... better.

I'll start a new thread in a bit too. I have Matilda, How It Works: The Cat and Capote to mini review still, and I want to think through how to arrange everything in thread 2, then I'll get on it! :D

Edited: Feb 2, 12:11pm Top

Movie: Matilda (1996) starring Mara Wilson and Embeth Davidtz

What is there to say about this one, really? Nostalgia at its loveliest. Book Matilda was my homegirl as a child, Movie Matilda was my homegirl as a slightly older child, and I still find myself gravitating back to both when I just want a feel-good bookish story to cheer me up. The 'child montage' with the pancakes is iconic, and for the bookworms out there, so is her 'in search of a book' library sequence, with the little book wagon and the reading chair and Mrs Phelps the kindly librarian... ohhhhh, I just love it. I always cry when Matilda drips tears into her book and kisses her little doll on the nose because she's so lonely, and cry in a NICE way when she and Miss Honey get their happy ending. As an adult I definitely prefer the Wormwoods/Miss Honey/Matilda sections to the Trunchbull/school ones, but... eh, what can you do? Oh, and the soundtrack is wonderful! One of my all-time favourites. :)

P.S. I am such an idiot, I only JUST found out that the portraits of 'Magnus' in the film are actually of Roald Dahl himself! I always thought he looked familiar! Thank you, random online 'did you know?' feature...

Feb 2, 10:17am Top

>254 elliepotten: Oh, LOVE! The librarian at Charlie's school is my dear friend, and Charlie and I both think that she is Miss Honey all over. The sweetest, kindest person ever.

Feb 2, 12:06pm Top

>255 scaifea: Every kid needs a Miss Honey! Even as a tiny girl I knew I wanted to be like her when I grew up. With her sweet smile and kind heart and love of books - and her beautiful little cottage! (I can do without the menacing aunt and mysteriously deceased father, thanks.)

Feb 3, 10:46am Top

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