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Reading Resolutions 2015

Shamelessly stealing this from Pinterest but after asking two teenage boys what their new year resolutions were and received a “I don’t do them!” and an “I dunno!” this challenge might be one to consider.

Reading Challenge.

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Libraries

I love libraries.

That is all. Really.

What is the first thing I do when moving house? Join the library.

How many library cards do I have in my wallet? Five: mine from three previous addresses (why would I relinquish one? I may move back again!), my step-son’s and my five month-old baby’s!

Where else – in this day and age – can you walk in with nothing and leave with a stack of books on the strength of a promise to return them later?

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A single room overflowing with entire worlds!

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
Albert Einstein

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.
Stephen Fry

I once stole a book. It was really just the once, and at the time I called it borrowing. It was 1970, and the book, I could see by its lack of date stamps, had been lying unappreciated on the shelves of my convent school library since its publication in 1945.
Hilary Mantel

You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books! Best weapons in the world!

Dr Who

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I’m the Doctor and you’re in the biggest library in the universe.
Look me up.

Dr Who

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Trilogies, Millenium and His Dark Materials

Reading a blog entry about whether to read the Millenium Trilogy back-to-back or with breathing space, I replied with:

“The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo works as a stand alone novel quite well. I read it and had an interlude between that and the remaining two. I found his writing style quite dense and whilst I enjoyed it as a book and loved the character of Lisbeth there wasn’t a huge impulse to devour the others. They sat on my to-read shelf for perhaps a couple of months.

Fire, however, gripped me. I loved Larsson’s courage in reintroducing us to Lisbeth for about fifty pages and then letting her disappear from the story. Along with Blomquist, I ached to see more of her and that alone propelled me through the slightly monochrome overly detailed (perhaps, yes, journalistic) style of writing. And what a cliff hanger! I went straight from Fire to Hornets’ Nest within the same sitting. Treat these two as a single book split in two (which seems very in vogue at the moment, isn’t it Mr George R R Martin?) and enjoy!

On the subject of reading trilogies, I read the brilliant His Dark Materials literally simultaneously. I started with Subtle Knife, left it at home one day and picked up Northern Lights and left both at home another day and picked up Amber Spyglass. They needed re-reading afterwards to sort out!!!”