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'W.W.W Wednesdays' (What I've been reading)

Spotted this meme today and thought I'd give it a go, since, I'm reading way too many things at the moment. It's getting to be a bad habit, I really need to finish one book before I start a new one. Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, to join in just answer the below three questions, leave your link and go have a look at what everyone's reading:

1. What are you currently reading? 2. What did you just finish reading? 3. What will you read next?

What I'm reading:
Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup(Previously published as 'Q&A')
I bought this in a second hand bookshop for a quid and it's an easy read. I loved the film and although some of the story strands are quite different, the premise is the same and I'm liking the characters. 
The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier
I re-watched the ITV mini-series the other day and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I ordered the book from Amazon and (although I've just started it) it's good so far.…

'Anastasia' is a remake?? 1956 vs 1997

One of the best animated films of the nineties, despite not being made by Disney (although people will argue with you that it is Disney, until they're blue in the face - or you make them google it) Anastasia was fresh and original, with great songs, a strong-willed heroine and one of the most attractive heroes in any kids movie. Yes, I know he's a cartoon. Set amid the aftermath of the Russian revolution, Anya is the princess who's forgotten her past, while Dimitri is the con-man who helps her remember. Anastasia taught a generation of little girls who the Romanovs were (I knew all the sisters' names and that the brother had a blood disease) and now it's coming back, all set to become a Broadway musical.  
But this isn't the first time the story has been re-worked for a new audience. The 1997 version is in fact a re-make, based on the live-action (sadly non-musical) 1956 film, starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner. To celebrate the announcement of the new sh…

Youth Hostelling and Blists Hill (Victorian Town)

This week began the Easter holidays for lots of people in the UK (although Easter was the week before, so that was odd...) so me and my friend Hannah thought we'd go for a bit of an adventure (she's a teacher, I'm still studenting and working weekends). We picked a Youth hostel by process of elimination and Hannah drove us down to the 'Heart of England' - as the road signs romantically refer to the Midlands - for a couple of days exploring.

Wilderhope Manor - our dormitory was the middle window, far right.

I'd done Youth Hostels before with my family, but this was the proper experience - in a dormitory with an eccentric room-mate (the lovely Susan). We stayed at Wilderhope Manor, which is an old farmhouse bought up by the National Trust. It's all spiral staircases and creaky floors, very characterful. Plus it was only like twenty quid for bed and breakfast so that was a win. You need a car though  (as Susan discovered - and so did we. We ended up giving her…