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What shall we read next?

latest trainWe could celebrate the birth of the London Underground – 150 years on 9 January – by reading a book set on the Bakerloo line?  

253 by Geoff Ryman is a novel about 252 passengers and 1 driver during a journey from Embankment to Elephant and Castle. Their personal histories, thoughts about themselves and other passengers are described on one page for each character. Perfect to dip into when on the tube or the bus. 

Anyone have any other ideas?

2012 – A Year in Review

Its the New Year and perfect timing to start keeping a record of everything you read during the year. This blog is another place to find recommended books with reviews – definitely worth checking out.

Reflections of a Book Addict

fireworksAnd with it being  January 1st, 2013 we can officially end 2012 and all its reading goals.  I’m very happy to say that I have succeeded in reading my 110 books for the year and exceeded that goal by a whopping 74 books!  With the success of this year I’ll up my reading goal again for 2013.  Keep an eye out for my annual New Year, New Challenges post for a breakdown of what I’m looking to accomplish.

2012 has definitely been a year of eclectic reading for me.  It’s difficult to pick my favorite books of the year since I read so many, but here is my best go:

  1. The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
  2. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
  3. Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
  4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  5. The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  6. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

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More free books up for grabs – if we’re quick…

The Greatcoat by Helen DunmoreNot enough people were interested in The Marlowe Papers, but Reading Groups for Everyone seem to be giving away a lot of sets of books at the moment.

If we’re interested, we have to apply quickly though – please express your interest in the comments here, or on Twitter, and if there are enough people up for it in time then we’ll enter the competition!

  • The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy KoomsonThe Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
    (deadline 26 November)
  • The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
    (deadline 28 November)
  • Sacrilege by S J Parris
    (deadline 30 November)Sacrilege by SJ Parris

Look out for more offers by following @reading_groups on Twitter – if there are any that tickle your fancy, post about them here.

Fancy reading this?

The Marlowe Papers by Ros BarberHello all – we’ve just seen this on the Reading Groups for everyone website: Free copies of The Marlowe Papers for reading groups. Have a look.

If enough people on here fancy reading it in January, we’ll enter the competition.

What do you think? Reply to this post or on Twitter asap.

The next book for Text Tribe

Mark Billingham speaks animatedly at the Text Tribe event, November 2012Mark Billingham’s visit last night was brilliant, thanks to all of you who came along – hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We tweeted through it, and you can view the tweets at Text Tribe. We’ll be posting a fuller report and videos of the event very soon.

We asked Mark to nominate the next book for the group, and he suggested The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, saying “It’s the last book that made me cry” and adding that it’s the sort of book that you press into friends’ hands, and if they don’t like it you don’t want to be friends with them any more! An excellent choice, and an interesting change – not a crime book, but written by a crime writer.

As some of the free copies of Sleepyhead were only distributed last week, that will remain the ‘current book’ for a couple more weeks, to allow as many comments as possible (though of course, people should feel free to continue to comment on it for as long as they like – there’s no time limit).

There will be copies of The Book of Lost Things in all Hammermith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Libraries, so get hold of a copy now!

Mark Billingham event

Mark BillinghamWe look forward to seeing lots of you at the event tonight! The wine’s in, the nibbles are sorted, and we’re charging up the camera batteries.

If you can’t make it, follow online – we’ll be tweeting through the event with the hashtag #texttribe12.

We’ll also be videoing the event, so you can watch it online in the next few days.

If you have a question you want to ask Mark, let us know – comment on the Burning Questions post.

We’ve asked Mark to choose the next book for the group to read, and he’s agreed to do so – we’ll announce it tonight (it’s a good ‘un).

Get your thinking caps (or Google fingers) on…

[Edited to say: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for taking part]

… and win a free copy of Sleepyhead!

For those who missed the first round of freebies, we have a few copies left and will give them away to the first people to get the following questions right (PLEASE DON’T PUT THE ANSWERS IN A COMMENT HERE!)

Email your numbered answers to texttribe@gmail.com – if you’re a winner we’ll be in contact to ask for your address and will send you the book.


Crime Writing Quiz

Sleepyhead, by Mark Billingham1. What is the name of the detective in most books by Mark Billingham?

2. In the London based series by Ben Aaronovitch, PC Peter Grant takes up an unusual apprenticeship. What does he become?

3. M.C. Beaton is the author of the popular series about amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin. In which area of Britain are the stories set?

Flash and bones, by Kathy Reichs4. Who was the author of the Inspector Morse books, played by John Thaw in the TV adaptations?

5. What nationality is crime writer Camilla Lackberg?

6. What is the profession of Dr Temperence Brennan, the heroine of the books by Kathy Reichs?

Agatha Raisin and the deadly dance, by MC Beaton7. During the reign of which monarch are the ‘Thomas Chaloner’ stories by Susanna Gregory set?

8. The Crime Writers Association awards annual ‘Dagger’ awards for the best crime writing in various categories. Who won the 2012 ‘Dagger in the Library’ award judged by librarians?


Easy eh?

Text Tribe is ON

Today is the 1st of October and as of today Text Tribe is officially ‘live’!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve joined because you’re a Mark Billingham fan, or because you have’t got time to go to a book group. Whether you’re at home looking after the kids or working long or unsociable hours, whether you want to discuss books with likeminded people or hear the views of a wide range of other readers – this group is for you. Welcome.

If you’d like to share a bit about yourself and your reading habits, join the Introductions post.

Introduce yourself!

We’d like to build a friendly group – if you’d like to share a little bit about who you are and what you like to read, do it here!

Protect yourself online – please be aware that this is a public site, so please don’t give out any personal information (contact details etc.).

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