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Mesg #36 "Catriona's Reading List"
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Date Mon Jan-03-11 05:54 PM
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I like this challenge. I'll probably hit 50 anyway (I don't possess a TV), but do we count re-reads?

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Mesg #44 "1: I Shall Wear Midnight"
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Although this is YA, the only difference I noticed between it and his adult fiction was a bit more explanation of the way the MC is thinking. Not my favourite Pratchett, but I enjoyed it more than some of his early work.

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Mesg #52 "2:The Anvil of Ice"
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First in a series, and I bought the other two as soon as I finished this one.

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Mesg #68 "3: The Forge in the Forest"
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Book 2 in the Winter of the World series, with an enjoyably flawed hero.

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Mesg #69 "4: The Hammer of the Sun"
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A satisfying conclusion on the whole. I kept thinking the romantic subplot was going to take an unexpected turn, but it didn't. Which I suppose was unexpected in its own way.

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Mesg #70 "5: Agatha Christie books"
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Tue Feb-22-11 03:32 PMby Catruth

I'm not counting them individually because I've read them all before, but it might be interesting to see how many of them I go through, and how often. I tend to read them in the bath, or if I can't sleep.

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? One of my favourites.
The Labours of Hercules.
Twelve Poirot short stories.
The ABC Murders.
I don't like this one so much, because I find Hastings so much less endearing than Watson.
Death in the Clouds. I won't be reading this again - all the pages have fallen out!
They Do It With Mirrors. Miss Marple in the country house of a childhood friend.
The Murder of Rodger Acroyd The first time she used this gimmick.
Murder is Easy Pulled this one randomly off the shelf in the dark, can't remember when I last read it.

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Mesg #118 "6: Medieval Women"
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I wasn't terribly impressed with this book at first but it did improve after a very uninspiring beginning. Still probably not one to reread often, though.

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Mesg #119 "7: Summon the Keeper"
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After reading this, I may read the others in the series, but I'm not desperately seeking them out.

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Mesg #126 "8:City of Night"
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Second in a series by Michelle West. Just as in the first in the series, I wasn't initially impressed with this book. About a quarter of the way through, the pace picks up and the story becomes much more interesting.

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Mesg #185 "9: The Drunken Forest"
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I'm actively seeking out the Gerald Durrell books I don't already own. I think I might have got this out from the library when I was about 13.

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Mesg #186 "10: The Overloaded Ark"
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I'm pretty sure I've read this one before as well, but not since I was at secondary school.

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Mesg #190 "11: A Zoo in my Luggage"
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Durrell returns to Bafut and Eshobi to collect animals for his own zoo.

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Mesg #192 "12: The Stationary Ark"
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Gerald Durrell's book on the principles of zoo design for conservation purposes.

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Mesg #193 "13: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."
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Mesg #194 "14: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
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I missed out the Chamber of Secrets, because it's a long way my least favourite. I think it's because they start off by being so stupid when they can't get through the barrier at King's Cross.

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Mesg #228 "15: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
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Mesg #229 "16: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
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Mesg #230 "17: The Garden of the Gods"
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Gerald Durrell's third book about his childhood on Corfu.

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Mesg #231 "18: Teach Yorself How to Write a Blockbuster"
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I found this much mmore useful than Teach Yourself Creative Writing, as it focuses more on storytelling and pacing, and less on the basics of sentence structure and so on.

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Mesg #232 "19: A time Traveller's Guide to the 14th Century."
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Pretty superficial but entertaining and informative, with a references section. Much more readable than Mediaeval Women.

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Mesg #252 "20: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
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One of the most satisfying resolutions to a series ever.

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