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Book Shopping Today (2011 edition)

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SGM
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Post by SGM » Tue August 30th, 2011, 3:44 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]No, I don't normally drive past any of the other libraries in my local authority area. I just think it is a shame for elderly members who don't have access to transport and in some rural areas there is no public transport either.[/quote]

I can sympathise. I don't drive myself but I do live in London where (despite its problems) we do have more public transport than anywhere else. We probably have more library branches than anywhere else too so my journeys tend to take me through several local authorities and past more than a few libraries (mind you I do spend many hours a day travelling). But its tough for the elderly and disabled who are unlikely to be able to take advantage of the technological advances to make up for lack of local provision.
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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Tue August 30th, 2011, 6:24 pm

I pick up one book, just one book at the library sale shelf and come home to find it's an eight book series that I simply must read. Argh.
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Nefret
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Post by Nefret » Wed August 31st, 2011, 3:25 am

[quote=""Misfit""]I pick up one book, just one book at the library sale shelf and come home to find it's an eight book series that I simply must read. Argh.[/quote]

Is it at least the first one? What series?
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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LCW
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Post by LCW » Wed August 31st, 2011, 5:04 am

I just ordered Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by CW Gortner, and to Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick from Amazon. I have to be careful though as a few years ago I went on a massive book buying spree and if I read a book a week (which I won't!!) it will take me about six years to read all the books I bought! I promise to be better this time...swear! :P
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. --Arnold Lobel

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Wed August 31st, 2011, 8:22 am

[quote=""SGM""]I can sympathise. I don't drive myself but I do live in London where (despite its problems) we do have more public transport than anywhere else. We probably have more library branches than anywhere else too so my journeys tend to take me through several local authorities and past more than a few libraries (mind you I do spend many hours a day travelling). But its tough for the elderly and disabled who are unlikely to be able to take advantage of the technological advances to make up for lack of local provision.[/quote]

I live in a rural area where there is no public transport. For my daughter to go and visit her friends, I have to drive her into the next village so she can catch a bus into York. At the moment, it's not so bad as she's only 15 and she has to be home for a reasonable hour. In another couple of years she'll be wanting to stay out until all hours and guess who will have to pick her up! :rolleyes:

As you say, it's tough for the elderly, especially those without transport. They can get their groceries delivered, etc, but it's the lack of social contact which will make them suffer. The mobile library would've been something to look forward to, even if it's just chatting to the library lady! All these cut backs are having a terrible effect.
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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Wed August 31st, 2011, 12:34 pm

[quote=""Nefret""]Is it at least the first one? What series?[/quote]

The series is called Daughters (each title starts with Daughters), and the first is wagon train to California. Subsequent books are set in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia and then back to California through WW1. I must read them...
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LoobyG
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Post by LoobyG » Wed August 31st, 2011, 3:55 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]The series is called Daughters (each title starts with Daughters), and the first is wagon train to California. Subsequent books are set in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia and then back to California through WW1. I must read them...[/quote]

They sound interesting Misfit :) Have just received from Amazon, 'Katherine the Queen' by Linda Porter.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed August 31st, 2011, 4:37 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]In another couple of years she'll be wanting to stay out until all hours and guess who will have to pick her up! :rolleyes:
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Rather OT, but here's a parenting tip that worked well for me when my kids were teenagers and wanted me to be taxi / chauffeur: I'd tell them to figure out what it was worth to them, or how they were going to compensate me for the time spent. they were pretty creative if I let them come up with their own ideas, but I got my laundry folded, dogs washed, floors mopped, and oil changed in exchange for my services. It helped move them from the childhood idea of 'My parents owe it to me' to the adult concept that the time and assets of others weren't at their beck and call.

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Vanessa
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Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Wed August 31st, 2011, 4:43 pm

Thanks, MLE. I'm not sure I could cope with her scowl!!
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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed August 31st, 2011, 7:44 pm

In the mail this week:

An Academic Question by Barbara Pym (non HF)
Another Spring by Katherine Eyre (Jane Grey)
The Second Sister by Marie Sandeford (Katherine Grey)
Heart of a Rose by Hilda Lewis (Mary Tudor Brandon)
The Flower of Old England by Philippa Dobson

The neat thing was that the Sandeford and Dobson books turned out to be autographed, which the sellers hadn't mentioned.

And not shopping, since I got it for review on Mr. Kindle through Net Galley, Philippa Gregory's Lady of the Rivers.
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