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Book challenge day 9: a book you thought you wouldn’t like
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A Room With A View by E M Forster

I had previously read Passage to India and Howard’s End by same author and I didn’t like either of them, so I had no hopes for this. Then I read it. It’s great. It’s very funny and romantic but also has a lot to say about how we let what other people think influence our behaviour. I re-read it often.

(The movie is also great but did have more full frontal male nudity than I expect in a period drama😱😂)

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    Oh wow yea, I’ve only seen the movie but haven’t read the book. I remembered liking Passage to India when I had to read it in high school. I liked his writing style but barely remembered what the book is about. Lols.

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      I might have to reread Passage to India now I’m older, I might like it better. Howard’s End I still can’t make it all the way through.

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        I remembered loving its atmosphere a lot. Wow maybe i’ll join you in re-reading this!

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    I didnt know this was a book! On the list!

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    I’m reading this right now and find it highly entertaining and thoughtful. Can’t wait to find out what Lucy will decide to do (I’m at the part when she’s back in England and new (but old) faces showed up in her neighborhood).

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    I remember liking this book and movie. I should re-read it.

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Book challenge day 8: most overrated book
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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Meant to be ‘good’ but is just miserable people having terrible time being miserable.

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Book challenge day 7: A book that makes you laugh

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome.

This book cracks me up. It was first published in 1889 but it really shows that some things never change – like looking up your symptoms and finding you’ve got every disease in the book, or going camping with tinned food and forgetting the can opener 😅

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    It’s a wonderful one! I read it while I was in high school and really loved it (one of the first books I read in English, by the way).

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    I was thinking just now that this would be my pick if I had been doing this challenge! This book has been re-read so many times in our family that it gets quoted constantly on a daily basis!

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Book challenge Day 6 -a that makes you sad
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Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.

This is a picture book about a little boy who hears an old lady at the retirement home next door has lost her memory so he goes to find them for her, and I am welling up just thinking about it.

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Book challenge day 5 – makes you happy
One among many!
Read me: A Poem For Every Day of The Year
(only problem is that is was a northern hemisphere editor seasonally mismatches me)
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    It’s one of the best anthologies I’ve met with and has a great range of styles, more recent and classics, funny and thoughtful. I also enjoy the concept of dipping in for today’s poem.

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Getting caught up!

Day 2 A book that youve read more than 3 times.
Super tough because if I like a book (especially if I own it) I have probably read that book at least three times. I re read everything. I am going to go with Persuasion, by Jane Austen. I probably haven’t read it as many times as Pride and Prejudice (which was my first Austen novel) but it is my favourite Austen.

Day 3 Your favorite series.
Well this is impossible. For today I will say a series that I read as a child with my mum and we now collect the books: The Chalet School (1930s/40s boarding school hijinks in the Tyrol/Swiss Alps/Wales!). The nostalgia is strong with these.

Day 4 Favourite book in favourite series
From this series I’d pick either The School At The Chalet (the first one) or The Chalet School in Exile (the girls escape the Nazis – all the war years books are interesting)

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    Persuasion is my favorite Austen’s novel, too!

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      Me too. I particularly like how the ending isn’t the perfect happily ever after. There’s uncertainty as the country, and therefore Captain Wentworth, is headed back to war. I wish Austen hadn’t died so young because her novels were getting a bit grittier and I think it’s a huge loss that we didn’t get more.

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    Ooooh I’ve never heard of the Chalet School but now I want to try find them because it reminds me of the kinds of books I used to read as a kid- all my mum’s books from when SHE was a kid.

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      Because of when they were written they are simultaneously very wholesome and at times hilariously not (eg staff member offering cigarette to girl who has just graduated).

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        I know the kind. They’re time capsules from another world. The hardest thing will be finding them if they’re not in print anymore haha.

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          I think they’re back in print but the new editions might be sanitised and sadly not the same. I love these kinds of books – similarly I have a heap of mills and boon novels written by a very prolific NZ writer from the 50s on, and it is such a snapshot of the times (and what was considered attractive at the time for her readership – my absolute fave has the hero in an all brown outfit featuring walkshorts)

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            I saw the NZ reference and wanted to add – my two all-time favorite authors are NZ-ers – Ngaio Marsh and Katherine Mansfield. Both of them pushed the envelope in so many ways!! NM has been reissued is new editions, but they’re not the same as the ones I used to borrow from my aunt’s musty cupboard to read.

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            OoOH really? I know that Monica Edwards- an author I read a lot of growing up, isn’t really in print anymore, so the books we have are treasured.
            Hahaha Mills and Boon… they weren’t by Essie Summers were they?

            @pickleddragon did you know I’ve read very little Katherine Mansfield for someone who is a fifth generation Kiwi… *tsk tsk*

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            @sicarius Naaice! and you’d better have read all of her, as a proud Kiwi! 😀 I’ve read a lot, but not all of KM’s pieces. I’m sure they’re all available, now that they should be out of copyright. Should look for them properly. She was beyond cool.

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            @pickleddragon Hahahaha guess I’m a shameful kiwi then. I don’t like rugby either so it’s fine.
            Well I know they’re all still available here … if that helps lmao

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            @sicarius Hah I mis-read you! I thought you said you’ve read “every” little KM!! My comment should be reversed then! Bliss and Garden Party are the two collections I’d look to complete…

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            @sicarius they are by Essie Summers, well done!

            @pickleddragon I must confess to also being a disappointing kiwi as I’ve read very little Katherine Mansfield also 🙈 pretty much just the Doll’s House

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            *tsk *tsk @beffels and @sicarius I’m disappointed indeed. Get down to it stat! 😀

            In contrast, I’m a huge fan of many things Kiwi, starting from the cricket team (I can write reams about NZ in the ’92 World Cup, or the smartest captaincy ever by Stephen Fleming) to the literature… As a college student in New Delhi years ago, I had even made plans with a classmate to go on a driving holiday in NZ (still do-able!), and work on sheep farms along the way (without a clue as to what that meant – I wouldn’t do that anymore!). Haha.

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            @pickleddragon do I get some kiwi cred back for being a cricket fan😆? I haven’t been able to go to a game for ages because small kids too hard to wrangle but in the Stephen Fleming years I spent A LOT of time at the Basin Reserve. 😄

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            @beffels Oh heck yeah!! A Kiwi cricket fan is a true cricket fan indeed 😀

            Lucky you! We only have the terrible Ferozeshah Kotla here, which would sweep the awards for the ugliest cricket ground in the world, IMO. Polar opposite of Basin Reserve!

            Also, I’m jealous because I could never watch Fleming & Co. live in a stadium. That era was definitely one of the greatest for Kiwi cricket (even considering last year’s epic run – minus that tragic final)…

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            @pickleddragon Lmao!!!! I wish I could pretend to like cricket but the truth of the matter is I honestly do not really understand what all the fuss is about.

            I used to not really be any kind of sports person- but I can’t really say that now as I have found a few niche interests via youtube. I have seen a grand total of 2 rugby games in my life, neither live, and no cricket games. My brothers and dad like to talk cricket though and I uh like it when we win and dislike it when we lose for a stupid reason? And we used to play tip and run as kids, so I it’s not like I hate it. I’m just not a fanatic lol. I’ll just stick to making obscure Footrot Flats references.

            I wish I could promise you that I will read more KM but the truth of the matter is I will only really read it if I think it sounds interesting enough, plus I have an awful lot of things on my to read list (much of which I even own) which will probably rank higher!!!!!
            Anyway I hope you get your drive round of NZ someday and hey you could still do a farm stay lmao.
            I will always maintain that the real New Zealand is seen and found behind and in between the tourist destinations- you haven’t seen NZ till you’ve been to a rural back country town stuck in a time long gone.

            @ beffels I must confess to the fact that if I knew you were a kiwi before then I had forgotten and I am so sorry.
            Also we have lots of Essie Summers lying around our house and I read several in my teenage years lol.

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            @pickleddragon that final! That was unbelievable and so freaking disappointing! What are the odds?! (I haven’t recovered yet)

            I’d agree with @sicarius that the real NZ is found between the tourist spots – my parents live rurally in the middle of nowhere and it’s like another world 😂

            @sicarius Haha all good, I don’t think there’s many kiwis on here? Or they are all silent lurkers like I was til recently.
            I didn’t get cricket for years then one day it just suddenly clicked 😂 after years of my brothers forcing us to listen to radio sport at all times.

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    Popping in to say I was near obsessed with the Chalet School series myself, and own about two dozen books in the series! I thought I was the only one who read them while everyone else seemed to be reading Enid Blyton/Mallory Towers/St.Clare’s, etc. So glad to know you read (and loved) them too!

    For me, these books were an introduction to the multilingual culture of continental Europe – because the girls kept switching between languages. It was a riot to read overall. Your post reminds me I should pick them up again!

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      Same for me on languages- it was the reason I started learning French. I went to Innsbruck a few years ago and I was SO excited lol. My husband did not understand 😂

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        Haha – same here! I learnt German first, though (also because of Sound of Music). Then learnt French a few years later. I suck at both, but got the basics, enough to appreciate the books again 😀

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          The languages available to me at school were pretty limited so i never had the chance to learn German although I suppose there’s nothing stopping me now!

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            Oh yes! I learnt both languages as an adult myself. I learn German at the local Goethe Institut which I attended after university hours, and French while doing post-grad.

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30 day book challenge
1. Best book you read last year
I read this entire book standing up rocking my baby to sleep (not in one go); it was addictive. It was the first good fantasy book I’d read in ages and reminded me of early Robin Hobb books (but more samurai)

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn

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Me too, me too!
How similar are our kdrama preferences?
10% – The Greatest Love
10% – My Girlfriend is A Gumiho
10% – Fight My Way
10% – Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
10% – Thirty But Seventeen
10% – Tunnel
10% – You’re All Surrounded
10% – Oh My Ghostess
10% – Crash Landing On You
10% – Wok of Love

I….think I have a type 😅

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    Yes you like kinda like lovey-dovey type that’s why it’s totally opposites from mine lol

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      Yeah I could have popped a few less romance-y ones in there but by the time I was halfway through I just decided to run with it 😄

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      70% so we have the same type? 😁

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    Ah, we have a 20% share (WFKBJ and CLOY).
    I’m not a fan of FMW, WoL, or 30/17.
    The rest I’ve not watched. Tunnel has been on my list for a while, though…

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      Tunnel is good. It has only subtle romance which I liked the most lol.

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        Romance is not at all essential – and in fact, in crime dramas, I think it takes away from the meat of it all… I will get to Tunnel one day.

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      I enjoyed Tunnel (obviously) despite it not being what I would normally pick to watch (or maybe because it was different?) – I watched with a friend who doesn’t do kdramas and it sucked her in too…but sadly did not convert her to kdramas 😄

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        This exact same thing happened with my friend and Stranger too! I knew she liked crime/thriller types, and suggested Stranger to her, in the hope that it would help make her go down the rabbit hole (and thus, give me company), but as much as she loved it, she didn’t convert. Sigh.

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          It’s more fun if we had bff to talk about shows we like and watch it together, right?

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            Definitely, I think I have finally won my sister round and it’s so good having a real life drama watching buddy.

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            Exactly. I have tried all kinds of tactics with my friends. To one, who likes masala Bollywood films, I suggested Healer; to another who likes rom-coms, I suggested WFKBJ; to this one, I suggested, Stranger… So many tries, no hits. :/ That’s why I keep returning to DB!! It’s such a relief to know you all exist, to spazz with.

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            @beffels That’s so cool! I have no siblings, so I have to fall back on le friend circle! :/ My IRL pals don’t seem to trust my recommendations enough, sadly, or they’re still trying to overcome that one-inch high barrier of subtitles. I don’t know. *sniff* But I’m happy to have found all of you 🙂

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            I also think FoS is my best KDramas I ever watched so everyone would enjoy it as well but nah.
            Maybe When the Camellia Blooms is okay for introduction because it has fresh concept, or not? I don’t know lol.

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          So disappointing, right? Maybe I should convince my friend to try Stranger too 😂 one more try…

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            Yes, you should! Stranger can easily hold its own amongst foreign crime thrillers, and I think that’s why my friend also liked it. It’s – superficially at least – not particularly Korean in sensibility, and has a universal appeal.

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    I love Greatest Love. Forgot to include it in my Honourable Mentions 😅😆
    If just my main list.. got 10% (CLOY).. if include my Honorable Mentions.. got 3 more

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      I’ve just been counting if I’ve seen and enjoyed the dramas – ten is not enough to cover them all!

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    20%~

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    60%. These romances are all cute though!

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    40%

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    50% here!

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    40% for me!

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    You’re another 45-50% for me!

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Marriage, Not Dating finally available on Viki in my region. So far, as good as everyone says it is. Hanging out for the kids to go to bed so I can binge!

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    Oh God, I miss Han Groo, she has a beautiful family and enjoys being with her family, but I hope she comes back to dramas…she was so good

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      I was really surprised how much i liked that show overall. Even with the slapstick and the diarrhoea jokes it was thematically so so good and I really liked the OTP. It was so nice to have a romance about adults who behaved like adults and actually talked to each other about stuff. And I really enjoyed the MIL’s arc.

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      I agree with you about Han Groo.

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    I just love MND 😘

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    One of my all time favorite rom-coms.

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    My all time favorite Korean rom-com

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Watching Twogether and it’s really reinforcing for me that
a) my language skills are limited
b) those two are extremely cute
c) fan meetings are super awkward 😅

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IOTNBO: that picture book would give my kids nightmares. It might give me nightmares 😅

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Mystic Pop-up Bar! It’s all happening! I want to see next week but also then it will be the end so I’m very conflicted! What will I do with myself?!

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Mystic Pop Up bar really hitting me in the feels with this episode 😭

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There has been an *animated discussion* in my household about the infinite set of real numbers between 0 and 1 for about the last 15 years…I did not expect this to ever intersect with kdramas. #thekingep7

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I’m so invested in Oh My Baby, best rom com I’ve seen in ages! (So far at least)

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Lol at leaving baby at daycare for the 1st time – “she plays well without her dad. That’s nice but a bit upsetting”…am about to do this with my child who is same age and it’s so true! #ohmybaby

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I put My Girlfriend is Gumiho on ‘in the background’ while doing housework because I’d seen it so didn’t matter if I missed a few subtitles….suddenly it’s after midnight and I’m up to ep 5, whoops😅

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#30daydramachallenge

Drama with SLS
I dropped this at about episode eight because I got so angry with it, so maybe something miraculous happens but….Easy Fortune Happy Life. Hmmm, shall I choose vicious arrogant rapey *swearwords* or shall I choose this nice heroic triad member who is only trying to protect me?!

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    Side note: I sometimes feel like these things are funded by Triad PR 😂 there are so many gangsters with hearts of gold in dramaland.

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#30daydramachallenge

Drama that deserves as S2
Well I don’t know that it deserves a season 2 because if it had done things right it would be contained in one season BUT…Vagabond.

Maybe an unpopular opinion but I really enjoyed this, it had so many of my favourite things – intrigue! Unrealistic action sequences! Lee Seung Gi! 😍😍😍

So I would like them to do season 2 and FINISH THE STORY, please and thank you.

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#30daydramachallenge
Doing some catch up – days 10 and 11…
Best Kiss
Lots of contenders for this but today I’ll pick the one from Lie To Me when they’re doing karaoke. It feels like a genuinely impulsive moment.

Worst Kiss
The frozen statue kiss. Worst example that comes to mind is from Master’s Sun . Our couple having a big passionate argument, music swells….blank emotion-free statue kiss. With bonus spinning camera so you can see just how frozen it is. So jarring.

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