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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows " Book 7 - J. K. Rowling [23 Jul 2007|01:34pm]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

Was so amazing.

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Current readings... [17 Sep 2006|12:31pm]

Just to give y'all an idea of what I'm reading...

Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber - Adele Lang
My guilty pleasure ;) I found a marvelous Used Book Store in my area and got this for $4.95. Hardback. This book is also a (B) movie with (aack) Jennifer Love Hewitt in it. I happened to be bored one day a looong time ago and saw this on USA or something. Despite JLH and her eye-popping boobs, it was a cute movie. Has some obvious differences from the book, but that's to be expected nowadays.

Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
I wanted to have this finished before the movie comes out. Don't know if that'll happen now that I've been promoted to working 40 hrs/ week...

Body Language - Julius Fast
Wayyy more in-depth than I originally anticipated. Very though-provoking. Wishing I'd bought it in hardback now instead of paper, because the small font size gets to me sometimes.

The Birth Order Book- Why You Are the Way You Are - Dr. Kevin Leman
Another B&N impuse buy, that was totally worth it. I applied a few things I read to people I know, and thought, "ohhhhh- that makes sense!" Kind of cool ;)

As you can see by my last 2 books, I like learning more about non-verbal communication and understanding people based on situations they've had no control over (such as birth order)that have shaped who and how they are. The next book I want is one on hand-writing (analysis). Any book suggestions along these topics I would love to hear!
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The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason, by Kristine & Joyce Atkinson [17 Sep 2006|12:01pm]

I have a tendency to be reading a few books at a time, so it'll take me a while to finish any one! But let me tell you about this book. I walked into Barnes & Noble (like I usually do on an, oh, weekly basis!) and saw this book on the "new" table. I kid you not, it stuck me in the eye and I was immediately drawn to it, mainly because of it's appearance. It is a journal, recreated. The entire book is supposed to be a journal that a woman created out of an already-existing book. She simply "scrap-booked" over the pages, is the best way I can describe how it looks on the inside. It has become one of my favorites.

Publishers Weekly

This tantalizing "found" journal of a troubled young wife and mother combines the diary of Amy Mason, correspondence, clippings from newspaper accounts and remnants of the 19th-century novel Amy used instead of a blank notebook to frame the story of her disintegrating marriage. Amy's husband, Robert, moves to Boston to head a new cardiology institute, but Amy and her two small children remain behind in Houston, planning to follow later. As the relocation process drags on, Robert throws himself into his new responsibilities and Amy fights a deepening depression. She finds a new friend in her Houston real estate agent, Vanessa Garamond, but the beautiful Vanessa provokes Amy's suspicions with an unannounced trip to Boston. Sisters Kristine and Joyce Atkinson only hint at the occurrence of a crime, and readers will have to draw their own conclusions from the open-ended assemblage of visual and textual clues. Traditional mystery readers may want a more definitive story, but amateur scrapbookers will find inspiration in this collage.

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Neato! [30 Aug 2006|04:06pm]

[ mood | curious ]

From BetaNews.com:

Google on Wednesday began offering full downloads of out-of-copyright books in PDF format, enabling users to read at their own pace or use an ebook device. Currently being offered are a handful of classics and obscure titles in the public domain.

Google Book Search is a project by the search engine to digitize as many books as possible, making it possible to search for specific references instantly. The company has partnered with the University of California, Harvard, the University of Michigan, Oxford, and the New York Public Library.

Google earlier this year also invited publishers to submit their books directly to the project and set prices for access. That effort was intended to cover viewing only in a Web browser, however, while preventing downloads and copying of material.

Not all has gone smoothly for Google Book Search since its inception in 2005. The service has already been the target of at least two lawsuits, one from the Association of American Publishers, and another from the non-profit Author's Guild. Both are attempting to block Google from copying books, and have accused it of copyright infringement.

Still, Google is optimistic about the program. "Of course, this is just the beginning. As we digitize more of the world's books -- whether rare, common, popular or obscure -- people everywhere will be able to discover them on Google Book Search," said associate product manager Adam Mathes.

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Harry Potter Books 5 and 6 - J. K. Rowling [27 Aug 2006|12:44am]

[ mood | anxious for book 7 ]

From B&N.com:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (#5)
There is a Door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Here are just a few things on Harry's mind: A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey. A venomous, disgruntled house-elf. Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams...and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6)
The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet...

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate -- and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

From Me:

I liked both of these books but they made me very sad at times. Book 6 especially and I also found book 6 to be a bit slow and it did not keep my attention as well as the previous books. I hate to say it but it was as if JK had lost a bit of her "suck you in writing" in this one. :/ Not to say it wasn't a good book, it was just not as good as the others.Oh and where the heck was Hedwig in book 6, she was hardly mentioned compared to previous books. Now I am anxiously awaiting book 7 so we can find some closure and see what happens. It is sort of sad...she says #7 is the end...no more harry potter books :(

I will be interested to see how they will do the movies for these books as well...both are very layered, complex and dark. They are really going to have to pull out all stops to keep those at PG or PG-13 ratings so that younger people can see them.

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The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld [08 Aug 2006|04:07pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

This book I finished reading the other night. I found the publisher's synopsis to be most appropriate.

Hannah Gavener is fourteen in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes - just maybe - lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hanna finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky - or just pathetic?" None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehaviour alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most - but she doesn't know yet whether she'll find the courage to go after it.

My Thoughts

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Some days, certain chapters I read, I felt like I was trudging through it, instead of flying through the pages as usual. It was well-written and the characters developed enough. Mostly, I think the book made me feel kind of sad, but was still good (if that's possible.) That's probably why I stuck with it, there was enough intrigue to see what happened in the end to want to continue. What I did find irritating was how each chapter jumped in time- I always had to re-calculate how old she was. (And I am not a math person!)The book is told in 3rd person, until the last chapter, which is told in first. I have not read the author's first novel (Prep), which many other reviews have said is much better.

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Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling (Years 1 - 4) [08 Aug 2006|01:06pm]

Ok I won't go into depth because everyone and their mom has read these or seen the movies. However I would just like to say these have been as good as I thought they were going to be and better!

I have had the Years 1-5 boxed set since Christmas (a gift from my dad) and finally decided to read them. The main reason being we have been watching all our movies on DVD and it sparked my interest to read the books. I love seeing differences between movies and books. I started book 1 last Tuesday and I finished book 4 last night at about 2am. If that gives you any indication on the “oh my gosh these are so good I can’t put them down” meter.

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This is the set I have But.... They have a set including book 6 now Click Here

Links of Interest:
http://www.jkrowling.com – Author’s website
http://www.scholastic.com/harrypotter/ - Scholastic Site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter - Wikipedia Article
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"Eragon" and "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini [08 Aug 2006|12:39pm]

[ mood | awake ]

I have been meaning to review these two books for a while now. I read them both a couple of months ago and I am now very eagerly waiting book 3. These are the first two books from Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy. Eragon is book one and Eldest is book two, here is the B&N blurb about both of them:

Eragon - When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands....

Eldest - Darkness falls. . . despair abounds. . . evil reigns. . .

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn't know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle-one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.
Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .

So now you know a little about the story line and yes they are very Tolkien'ish but not as "heavy". I would just like to say I was VERY impressed that Paolini started writing Eragon when he was around 15 years old...that is one reason I wanted to read it...to see what this kid had written. I was blow away; I could not put this book down. Every moment of my day when I had free time was spent reading it. When I finished Eragon I moved right on to Eldest and it was the same, I could not put it down. You find as you read not only is Eragon's life followed but also people close to him and you end up getting wrapped up in their stories as much as you do his own. Oh and the pronunciation/translation guide in the back of the book is very handy…I had to flip back to it a few times because I just HAD to know what something meant. :P

If you like fantasy/sci-fi type books this will probably be right up your alley.

Here are some links of interest:

http://www.alagaesia.com/ - Official website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaga%C3%ABsia – Wikapedia Article on the Trilogy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Paolini - Wikapedia Article on Paolini
http://www.eragonmovie.com/ - They are making a movie…I hope it is as good as the book!

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Introduction [07 Aug 2006|07:38pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Greetings my fellow book lovers! :)

My name is Lisa, some of you may know me from high school. I've always loved to read, so much that in elementary school I got in trouble for sneaking into our "playroom" and finding books to read in bed, after I was supposed to be asleep. I have a black sheep tattooed on my foot and that would be an accurate way to describe me: the one person who you can't "put" anywhere. Eternally stuck in the middle and often easily overlooked. But I like Me. :)

I literally just last night finished reading The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld. A review will be posted soon. I've spent the majority of the summer unemployed and bored stupid, so Barnes and Nobles and I have been having quite the love affair. I want to have Running With Scissors read before it hits theatres so that one I've already started.

My favorite authors are Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiassen. I'm hoping to add more. These two I list because I have yet to be disappointed by anything they've written. My favorite book, EVER, is a children's book. The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts. I enjoy reading just about everything except sci-fi and politics. While I'm not closed to reading anything historical or religious, I have yet to read anything from either of those categories I've liked. I stay far away from anything war-related.(Personal reasons). I prefer fiction, unless it's a good bio/ auto-bio. I am ALWAYS looking for suggestions for a good read. :)

So... that's me. Hi!

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a_book_a_month [11 May 2006|09:08am]

[ mood | blah ]

Have you read the book The Kite Runner??
Want to???

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How far would you go to read a book? [03 Oct 2005|12:10pm]

[ mood | amused ]

Man Breaks Display Case to Read Rare Book

MADISON, Wis. - Some book worms live outside the law.

Matthew Brooke, 26, allegedly smashed a display case at the Wisconsin Historical Society to steal a Revolutionary War-era volume worth $5,000. He was charged Friday with felony theft of library materials and criminal damage to property.

Brooke went to the Historical Society on Thursday, according to a criminal complaint, and smashed the window on a second-floor antique display case with his elbow. He allegedly swiped the "Pennsylvania Evening Post" from inside the case.

The book is a collection of the newspaper's issues dating from January to April 1777.

A police officer found the book stuck in the waistband of Brooke's pants, the complaint said. Brooke told detectives he took the book because he wanted to read a story on page 106 about a historical figure named William Hill.

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ok folks [26 Sep 2005|04:48am]

[ mood | awake ]

so what the heck have you been reading?

me, i've been mainly rereading stephen king books that i read a long time ago (think 5th and 6th grade) like pet sematary and different seasons.

recently i've only felt like rereading books. maybe cuz of all the stress about buying a house and such. i did read some new books in the past month or so though... wittgenstein's mistress, little black book of stories, the asti spumanti code (a parody of the da vinci code).

so... tell me!

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[02 Sep 2005|10:14am]

I know this is off topic - but it will take 1 minute - and help save children (and you don't even have to reach into your wallet.)

If you go to this website and type in your name, age, zip, and e mail - Oxygen Network will donate $1 to the Katrina relief funds. They won't add you to any mailing lists unles you sign up for it and they won't send you spam. They are trying to get $10,000.
Ready - go!
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I hope this is ok it is book related and I thought it was really cool! [19 Aug 2005|10:09am]

[ mood | impressed ]

Readers craving Homer, Baudelaire or Lewis Carroll in the middle of the night can get a quick fix at one of the French capital's five newly installed book vending machines.

"We have customers who know exactly what they want and come at all hours to get it," said Xavier Chambon, president of Maxi-Livres, a low-cost publisher and book store chain that debuted the vending machines in June. "It's as if our stores were open 24 hours a day."

Stocked with 25 of Maxi-Livres best-selling titles, the machines cover the gamut of literary genres and tastes. Classics like "The Odyssey" by Homer and Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" share the limited shelf space with such practical must-haves as "100 Delicious Couscous" and "Verb Conjugations."

"Our biggest vending machine sellers are 'The Wok Cookbook' and a French-English dictionary," said Chambon, who added that poet Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" — "The Flowers of Evil" — also is "very popular."

Regardless of whether they fall into the category of high culture or low, all books cost a modest $2.45.

Installed in four busy Metro stops and a chic street corner in central Paris, Maxi-Livre's distributors were designed to bypass the characteristic vending-machine-drop, which can be punishing for books.

"We knew that French bibliophiles would be horrified to see their books falling into a trough like candy or soda," Chambon said. "So we installed a mechanical arm that grabs the book and delivers it safely."

Books are but the latest offering in France's ever-expanding vending machine market, which is responding to off-hour demand for everything from toilet paper to carnations.

Link here!

How neat is that?! We need to do that here in the U.S.!

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Stephen King [22 Jul 2005|07:02pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I've decided that as soon as I'm finished reading Harry Potter, I'm going to give Stephen King another chance. I really wanted to read The Gunslinger, but that's the ONLY Stephen King book that my father doesn't own. He has so many more though, so I was wondering what Stephen King books are your favorites?

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hey guys [07 Jun 2005|03:50pm]

[ mood | silly ]

your friendly maintainer here. sorry i've not been posting my books-i read sort of furiously for a few weeks and have been laying off since. also i've been reading a lot of scifi/fantasyish books by my childhood favorite author (anne mccaffery) and also books about running, and i'm pretty sure no one is interested. also i decided to finally finish up reading the last few stepehn king books i hadn't.

just for posterity, here is a list of what i've read since i last posted(2/04/05). if you would like a review of any of these books, let me know.

Night Shift-Stephen King
Rose Madder-Stephen King
The Talisman-Stephen King and Peter Straub
DaVinci Code-Dan Brown (i thought i was the last person to ever read this, but karen had me beat!)
Dragonsblood-Todd McCaffrey
Black House-Stephen King and Peter Straub
The Green Mile-Stephen King
Running For Women- Claire Kowalchik
The Idiot's Guide To Running
The Quotable Runner
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul-Douglas Adams
Acorna- Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball
4 Past Midnight- Stephen King
Killashandra- Anne McCaffrey
Crystal Singer-Anne McCaffrey

-and a couple others)

i am currently reading Acorna's Quest and Watership Down and Jenna Jameson's Biography ( I read half of it at a friend's house and i HAVE to finish now!).

i may post short little reviews of some or all of those books later. i have one of these, so i have at least a little something written down about each book already!

one last thing-i am not the kind of person who cleans my house once a week. i let the mess accumulate for a few weeks, and then have a cleaning binge day or two. during this time i listen to books on tape. i actually look forward to cleaning sometimes because of this-it's really the only time i get to listen. the books i listen to are stephen king's dark tower books. i've read all of them, but it's really cool to hear them aloud. stephen king has said that george guidall read the books uncannily how he wanted them read, so it's really neat to hear them JUST the way king wanted you to. the only downside-i download my books from audible or itunes, and each book is about 20 burned cds long!! it takes FOREVER to burn them too. so, that's just an idea for any of you-your favorite book might be available to listen to while cleaning, walking, working, making things, whatever.


Community Note, for future reference:

If you'd like to make a post with reviews of multiple books, the maxiumum is 5 books per post. If you read 12 books, and you want to review all of them at once, that's fine, but please break it into 3 separate posts. The reason for this is that when putting posts in the memories, they can only have 5 keywords (authors) and the title for them can only be so many characters long. Thanks!

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[28 May 2005|01:43am]

The books of the month at a_book_a_month for June 2005 will be Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman & Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Come join us!
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel [25 May 2005|12:13am]

[ mood | blah ]

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

So, I read Life of Pi by Yann Martel last week. I was more pleasant to read that I thought it would be... I expected it to be preach-y, but it wasn't too bad.
Yann Martel begins the book by basically telling you that the story contained within will make you believe in god... which is a really egotistical was to begin a book. While I enjoyed the story, I felt nothing really spiritual at all.

One problem I found with the book, is Martel makes a big deal at the beginning of the book about the main character being Hindu, Christian, and Muslim all at once, and how the religious leaders and his parents didn't understand or accept this at first, but later came to just go along with it. Something I found problematic, is that while the book is meant for the masses, and it is heavily revolved around religion, it gives little background information on any of the religions. I studied Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism in college, but I have no knowledge about Islam - so I wonder if I missed anything in the book because of that. For a book claiming to convert the reader to spirtuality, I feel that a little more info could have been given to back up the story.

About the ending... when I first read the book last week, the ending was really frustrating and anti-climatic... but after thinking about it for a week... I now think that I like it. Spoiler under here... what I am talking about!Collapse )

The only other mentionable thing is... I would not recommend reading this book while eating (i tried to read over lunch and had to throw out my food) especially if you are a vegetarian. The descriptions were so vivid, I literally felt sick to my stomach... which I guess was the author's point.
Anyone else feel that?

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Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume [11 May 2005|08:59pm]

[ mood | good ]

From Barnes and Noble:
"Who do you tell when you're certain that Hitler is alive, retired, and living in Miami Beach?

It's 1947, and Sally J. Freedman full of wild ideas. She's got her eye on handsome Peter Hornstein, the Latin lover of her dreams...on hold Mr. Zavodsky, who looks suspiciously like Hitler in disguise...and on her father, who Sally misses terribly. There are so many things to worry and wonder about. But whatever happens, Sally's school year in Miami Beach will certainly be exciting—and absolutely unforgetable."

From ME:
The book follows Sally, her mom, her grandma, and her brother down to Florida for a winter. The book centers around her meeting new friends and having funny fantasies/daydreams. She loves to solve mysteries. I just find her to be a really funny character. She feels like she needs to know everything, which is something I related to and still relate to. It's very possible that I still like the book so much, because I enjoyed it when I was younger. Sometimes, I read and watch things that I loved when I was younger and wonder if I'd like them so much if I were finding them for the first time today. I enjoy it still and find it funny though! I finished it in a day, so it's not heavy reading! Also, it's a very pre-puberty girl book.

If you are looking for a light funny read, I'd definitely recommend it, although it's quick so it won't last you that long!

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Tipping the Velvet - by Sarah Waters [08 May 2005|11:53am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

So, I've finished Tipping the Velvet. It's strange because I bought the book 4 years ago or so and i've tried to read it several times, and never got more than 40 pages into it. But once I got past that this time, I read the rest of it in 4 days! (It's 473 pages.) It is written in a way, that makes you really care about the main character, Nancy.

There are three parts to the book, and they almost seem like 3 seperate novels, set in 3 different places, with 3 different characters. It's hard to believe that one person experienced all three. But at the same time, each part helps the character to grow and makes her who she is in the second part.

The beginning is about a girl, Nancy Astley, who lives in a small town in Kent, England. The time period is hinted at just by the costumes and the lack of radio/TV. It's not until page 117 that they say what year it is. For entertainment she goes to the music hall with her sister, because her sister is dating an employee there. They are a working class family, and Nancy doesn't have much time for friends or socialization. The whole beginning part (the first two chapters) really drag on, but as soon as she meets her love interest, the book picks up.

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I look forward to reading other people's opnions on the book. I look forward to reading Sarah Water's other books now.

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