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50 Book Challenge 2011

22 / 50 books. 44% done!


1. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (second book in The Hunger Games trilogy) (rating: *****)
2. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (final book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Highly recommended series) (rating: *****)
3. Room - Emma Donoghue (rating: *****)
4. The Long Song - Andrea Levin (rating: ***)
5. Angelic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)(rating: *****) +
6. Counterfeit Magic - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella) (rating: *****) +
7. The Leopard - Jo Nesbo (rating: *****)

+ Please note: If you haven't read the Women of the Otherworld series, this novella will make little or no sense to you.


8. The Postmistress - Sarah Blake (rating: ***)
9. The News Where You Are - Catherine O'Flynn (rating: ****)
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot (rating: *****)
11. Bleed For Me - Michael Robotham (rating: *****)


12. Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson (rating: ****)
13. River Marked (Mercy Thompson Book 6) - Patricia Briggs (rating: *****)
14. The Fiery Cross (Outlander Book 5) - Diana Gabaldon (rating: ***)


15. Stay With Me - Brenna Lyons (A quick read - not much substance to it at all) (rating: *)
16. The Secret Holocaust Diaries - Nonna Bannister (rating: ****)
17. Pastworld - Ian Beck (rating: ****)


18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist (rating: *****)
19. 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson (rating: ****)
20. Trespass - Rose Tremain (rating: ***)
21. When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman (rating: ****)
22. The Confession of Katherine Howard - Suzannah Dunn (rating: ***)

Rating system:

* = Poor
** = Okay
*** = Good
**** = Very Good
***** = Excellent

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caliente_uk: (River)
Only two this month. RL decided to take over for a while, as it does from time to time. Hopefully, October will be better. :)

33. Florence and Giles - John Harding
34. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

And so far for October:

35. Before I Go To Sleep - S J Watson
36. Bellwether - Connie Willis

All very different books, but all equally as enjoyable. "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" was particularly wonderful read on my iPad, as the included photographs really helped bring the story alive.

My Kindle (which I adore) would usually be my e-reader of choice, but in this case the iPad was a no-brainer. A book like this deserves to be read on a device capable of showing it off to its full advantage. :)
caliente_uk: (Anna/Stephen)
My reading slowed down considerably in June, July and August, which it always does every year. Going on holiday and being out and about more definitely curtails my reading time, but with the autumn and winter fast approaching, I have every faith that it will soon pick up speed again. :)


23. My Psychic Life - Sally Morgan
24. Restless Spirits - Jean Marie Bauhaus
25. The Lantern - Deborah Lawrenson
26. Afterwards - Rosamund Lupton

July and August

27. Healing Spirits - Sally Morgan
28. Life After Death - Sally Morgan
29. Ghost Story - Jim Butcher
30. Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
31. Grace Williams Says It Loud - Emma Henderson (This book is not an easy read by any means, but one that I highly recommend.)
32. Tear in Time - Christopher David Peterson
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Spoilers... )

Now that was the Torchwood I know and love.

What can I say? I loved every single second of it!
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Russell Brand speaks out about the UK riots:

Russell's Blog at "The Guardian"
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Link snagged from [personal profile] green_maia

The True Face of the UK

Just like in the Blitz, the people of the UK come together:

Blitz spirit

Janie Hampton, author of How The Girl Guides Won The War:

Community spirit came to the fore during the Blitz of 1940-41. Britain was undergoing a daily bombardment from the Luftwaffe and with many of the adults having to go off and fight, the onus was on the young and old to help out at home. The Girl Guide movement was a key part of this.

They were doing first aid and sweeping up broken glass and building canteens to feed those made homeless. There was no government body telling people to do this, it came from the community.

There were heroes everywhere like the 13-year-old girl who saved someone's life by tying a tourniquet for someone injured in the bombing. It's likely there were many other stories of courage that have never been told.

The Blitz is an example of how people come together under duress. And you could say the same is happening now with the riot clean-up. It's wonderful that people are saying they're not going to allow their streets to be wrecked.

This is what makes me proud to be British. :)
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The news in the UK has been in the forefront of my mind over the last few days.

Thankfully, the rumours that rioters had attacked Birmingham Children's Hospital proved to be untrue, although I do know that they could hear the rioting going on outside and were understandably terrified. Some staff were even too frightened to leave the hospital at the end of their shift, so decided to stay overnight in the hospital.

This is a *childrens* hospital we're talking about for goodness sake! Filled with sick children and their families! I know from experience how stressful it is to have a sick child, and have spent many a night myself in that very hospital, so I can only imagine all too well how those poor children and their families felt to hear the rioting going on outside. It really is heartbreaking.

It's the terrorisation of ordinary people like this that truly makes my blood boil. Looting is one thing, but why cause such devastating damage to property? Why terrorise innocent people?

It's mind boggling.

And now three people have been killed in Birmingham.

Where's it all going to end?
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I hope everyone on my flist who live in or near London are okay.

The rioting has even spread to Birmingham now. Luckily, it isn't anywhere near as bad here as it is in London, but it's still incredibly worrying.

I'm just glad I don't live too near to where it's all happening!

It's a scary world we're living in right now. Stay safe everyone!


Aug. 6th, 2011 02:31 am
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I'm trying to take my mind off a RL drama that's unfolding right now, so thought I might as well post about a few things that have been going on fandom wise recently.

Firstly - I've managed to get an account on Pottermore! Yay! I've never really been active in the HP fandom, but I'm a huge fan of the books and the movies, so there was no way I was going to miss out on a chance to gain early access to this. And if I find it isn't for me? Well, my daughter will get a huge kick out of it, so yay all round! :D

Secondly - I have to admit that my heart sank when I heard that Seasonal Spuffy was moving to DW, but that was mainly because I knew how upset some of the Spuffy fandom on LJ were going to be (and I understand that, I really do). But there's no way the move will make me abandon one of the best Spuffy communities around, so I'm planning on adding the RSS feed to my LJ flist (as there's no way I'll remember to check DW every day!) and reading the contributions as I always do. :)

Thirdly - I refuse to be made to abandon LJ because of the DDoS attacks. I have accounts on DW and Google+ as well as LJ (and am loving them all), but my homebase is still LJ. But that doesn't mean that I won't be posting elsewhere - all it means is that I won't be leaving LJ. I think there's room enough for them all. :)

Fourthly - I've been watching a fair bit of TV lately, but that can be shared in a post all of its own. Just one question: I know of at least one person on my flist who watches it, but has anyone else been watching The Hour on the BBC? Dominic West from The Wire is in it - and I love it! I eagerly await each new episode every week. It's just a pity there are only six episodes.

And that's it for now. :)
caliente_uk: (DW Eleven)
Well, I've seen ep1 of the new season of Torchwood...and I have to say I loved it! I thought it was a very promising start to the new era of the show.

Can't wait to see where they take it from here!

I'll post a more detailed review tomorrow. :)


Jul. 6th, 2011 09:53 am
caliente_uk: (Anna/Stephen)

Just thought I'd pop in to say hi. Not been around much, but also haven't really had much to say either.

While I'm here I'll talk a little bit about TV. :)

I watched and loved Game of Thrones. I can't believe we have to wait until next year for S2 to air! I'm going to read the first book to help make the wait more bearable, but won't be reading any more until after S2 airs. This show is just too good to watch spoiled!

I've watched and enjoyed the first two eps of True Blood S4. I've seen mixed reviews of the show here on LJ, but I'm still loving it so far. I tend to go into TB without any expectations at all and just enjoy the show for what it is - rollicking good fun! It definitely isn't a show to be taken seriously, but that's the kind of TV I need to see from time to time - and I make no apologies for that. It's cracktastically delicious and I love it! It also has an extremely pretty cast which doesn't hurt. *g*

I've also been enjoying the second season of the BBC drama Luther. I still have last night's final ep to watch, but I think this season has been even better than the first. It's violent and disturbing on so many levels (my mum refused to watch any more after last week's ep), but also highly compelling TV. Love it!

I also loved another BBC drama series Case Histories, which starred the wonderful (and sexy) Jason Isaacs as private detective Jackson Brodie. I've read and enjoyed the books (by Kate Atkinson) that the show is based on, and I think JI played Jackson to perfection. He was exactly as I imagined him...and yes, okay, I admit to having a huge crush on Jackson Brodie - which has now increased ten-fold after seeing him being played by Jason Isaacs. *melts at the thought*

I've also been rewatching ER and Six Feet Under from the very beginning on Sky Atlantic, and enjoying them both immensely. I'd forgotten just how much I loved these shows when they first aired - especially the earlier seasons of ER. They're so good!

And last but not least I've been watching Big Love and Battlestar Galactica (also on Sky Atlantic), which I've never seen before. To be honest, I didn't think I was going to like a show about polygamy, so I've been pleasantly surprised by just how much I'm enjoying Big Love.I'm about midway through S2 at the moment and am loving it!

As for BSG, I'd seen the mini-series and the first few eps of S1 when they first aired, but had given up on it after that. I know a lot of people on LJ who loved the show, so when it started airing from the beginning on Sky Atlantic (are you sensing a pattern here? *g*) I decided to give it another go - and I'm so glad I did! I'm up to ep5 of S3 and can't wait to see what happens next. Excellent stuff!

Honorary mention must go to Fringe which I finished watching last week. Roll on S4!

And that's just about it. :)

*looks up* I know it must seem like all I do is watch TV, but I only watch these shows on a weekly basis (other than ER which airs every day), so it's mostly just an hour or two every evening while my husband's at work (a bit more at weekends when I catch up on the shows I watch with him). Honestly. ;)

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This show just keeps on getting better and better, doesn't it? Excellent stuff!
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I'm so excited about S4 of Being Erica! :D

Being Erica S4 Press Release (MASSIVE SPOILERS!!)

It begins airing on Canadian TV in September.

I can't wait!! :D

Doctor Who

Jun. 5th, 2011 06:51 pm
caliente_uk: (DW Eleven)
What a fabulous episode to go into the hiatus with. I loved it!

Read more... )

And now we have to wait until the autumn to see what happens next. :(

I'm not going to say roll on the autumn, as I'm quite looking forward to the summer, but it's going to seem like a hell of a long time to wait!

But at least those of us who enjoy them will have S4 of True Blood and new Torchwood to see us through, so maybe the wait won't be quite so bad after all? :)

And I'm looking forward to Case Histories, which begins airing on BBC1 in ten minutes. It's based on Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series of books, which I love. I so hope it's good. I can't wait!
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Books Read in May

18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
19. 13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
20. Trespass - Rose Tremain
21. When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
22. The Confession of Katherine Howard - Suzannah Dunn

Doctor Who

May. 28th, 2011 08:36 pm
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I was a bit meh about part one of this story, but this week?

I loved it!

Is it next Saturday yet?

caliente_uk: (Eleven)
I rewatched The Doctor's Wife and loved it even more the second time. I also watched Doctor Who Confidential, and there is only one word I can use to describe it - magical. *happy sigh*

In fact, I think it may have made me fall in love with Neil Gaiman just a little bit. Hearing him read from the script was pure perfection, and it made me love the episode even more than I already did - which I didn't think could even be possible!

Fantastic stuff, and possibly my favourite episode of New Who so far.

I will most definitely be watching both the episode and the Confidential over and over again. Pure magic! :)
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Wow, that was some episode of Doctor Who, wasn't it? I was worried it wouldn't be able to live up to the hype, but I should have known Neil Gaiman wouldn't let me down! I watched it late last night while under the influence of a few glasses of wine (I'd been to my brother-in-law's 40th birthday party), so will need to rewatch it later to make sure I didn't miss anything important, but first impressions? Fabulous!

Read more... )

I'm still all *flaily* about Matt Smith, because I thought he was even more outstanding in this episode. He really *is* the Doctor, isn't he? He impresses me more and more every week. :)

Roll on next Saturday!
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Finally got to see this week's Doctor Who.

Well, that was an enjoyable romp, wasn't it? Read more... )

And now on to The Game of Thrones...

My love for Tyrion knows no bounds. Read more... )

Hmm, I seem to have found more to say about the episode than I thought I would.

Roll on next week!


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