Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Two more finishes!

Hello everyone! Two more finishes from me, which I think takes me up to my 19th book! I read the second novel in the Hitchhiker's Guide series by Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. It's not quite as good as the first one but very witty nonetheless, and still with a fantastic cast of characters (Marvin the depressed robot with a brain the size of a planet is a particular favourite!) Then I read the second in the series of the Minstrel's Tale by Anna Questerly. It's much darker than the first one and I think it was more interesting for that. The main character is a minstrel who is a friend of young king Richard II at the end of the fourteenth century and the narrative is interspersed with the minstrel's 'tales', hence the title. The tales are always fun but in this novel the author started to recognise the educational potential of the tales as one or two of them reflected elements in the plot rather than being purely for 'entertainment'. Given that the author has done quite a lot of research on the period I had thought that this would come through more clearly, but let's see what happens in the next book! (Plus my knowledge of the period makes me rather biased on the subject!!) I'm not sure what to read next as I probably shouldn't download anything else on my Kindle really... Maybe I'll download a classic for free! Any suggestions?? Happy reading all!

Friday, 22 March 2013

3 finishes...or possibly 2 and 3 quarters!

Hi Everyone,

So here is my update...I finished Ruth Rendell's The best man to die. She is fast becoming a new favourite author and I can see why almost 50 years on from the first published one, they are still so popular. Next up was The 39 steps by John Buchan. I expect some of you may have seen the film adaptations, I hadn't but I'll look out for it now as it was such a good book. It's one that's been on my bookshelves for 10 years, and I never got round to reading.  I'm hopeless at giving reviews, so apolgies for that.

I had a kindle for Mothering Sunday so I've downloaded a few books that have been on offer...I have Capital and Chocolate Girls waiting for me and I've started on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibilty. I also downloaded two Agatha Raisin short stories, Hells Bells and Christmas Crumble. I've read both of these and count Crumble as half a book, a it is only around 80 pages. It was a fun story and very Agatha and not bad at just over £1 but I was disapointed by Hells Bells as it seemed to be something that the Author had written for a promo, as it had very little plot to it. I think it would have made a great full novel. I can't complain as it was a free download.

So here is the updated list...

  1. The Inside Track Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
  7. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - Finished 18.02.13
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance - MC Beaton - Finished 22.02.13
  9. From Doon with Death - Ruth Rendell - Finished 26.02.13
  10. Crazy in love - Chrissy Manby - Finished 03.03.13
  11. The Best man to die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 13.03.13
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble/Hells Bells - MC Beaton - Finished 14.03.13
  13. The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan - finished 20.03.13
Happy Reading, and thank you for all the recomendations, it's great to discover new authors.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Two more finishes...

Hello everyone! Two more finishes from me. I finished Winter in Madrid by CJ Samson, which is a spy novel set in the Spanish Civil War. I really enjoyed it- it's not especially fast paced and some of the descriptions of the poverty in Spain during this period were really harrowing, but it was a really enjoyable read. Haunting and evocative. Yesterday I reread The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I had a lot of hanging around to do and nothing to do but read, so I whizzed through it. If you haven't read it before, it really is laugh out loud- or at least chuckle out loud, the people around me must have wondered what I was reading!! I'm now reading the second one, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I think that takes me up to 17 on my list! Steph might be right, I may need to extend my challenge to 100 books, lol! Happy reading everyone!

Edited to note that I didn't post when I'd finished Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton, that was good fun, thanks very much to Kerry for lending it to me :-)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Three Houses by Angela Thirkell

This was a lovely book. It's pure happy childhood memories.The Grand Daughter of Edward Burne-Jones, cousin to Rudyard Kipling it's like a lovely who's who ^_^ I love the descriptions of little moments, and the feel of being there, enjoying the sun and Christmas morning, lazy Sundays. A very sweet read. I like happy memories ^_^
I am re-reading Dirk Gently (Douglas Adams) now. Bliss ^_^
xox

Monday, 18 March 2013

A finish from me (at last!)

It feels ages since I last updated. Finished 'Murder in The Museum' by Simon Brett. Quite a good read. A bit Midsomer-ish...without Barnaby....or any Midsomer villages...or 10 dead bodies before the first ad break...ok! Maybe it's not so Midsomer-ish as I first thought! Still a good read. I'm passing it on to Kerry now so I won't give anything away ^_^
I am reading Three Houses by Angela Thirkell now which is brilliant. I am over half way through already as it is such a lovely read. I first heard the story on the Radio so ordered the book from the library. I would love to pass it on and share with you all but the library might not be happy with me if I did!
Happy reading.
xox

Monday, 11 March 2013

Overdue

Sorry , I haven,t been on here for a while, my last update was 11 jan, two months ago


Here is my update

1.  The Stupidest Angel.       By Christopher Moore
2.  Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe.      By Jenny Colgan
3.  Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe
4.  The 100 year old man etc.    By Jonas Jonason
5.   Birmingham Rose.     By Annie Murray
6.  Wolf Hall.   By Hilary Mantel
7.  The Woman who went to bed for a year.   By Sue Townsend
8.  The Life of Pi .    By Yarn Mantel


After toiling through Wolf Hall, and it was a toil ,, I wanted something simple to read , so The woman who ------- suited that purpose , an enjoyable read more so as it was only £1 from a charity shop ,bargain ,
Another bargain buy , The Life of Pi , or should I say download, 20p on kindle,, I watched the film and it was delightfull, I highly recommend that you see it Laura ,, whichever way you do it , the film or the book first ,each are both very entertaining ,

I,ve just downloaded a freebie , a short story I believe, The Kafenion by Victoria Hislop, on of my favourite authors , so this will be my next read

Isn't Laura steaming ahead , ?  I,m either reading or crocheting ,
Buy for now
Joan


Ps has anyone heard from Lucy @ inthesky ,

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Me again!

Hello! Another post from me! When I posted last week I completely forgot that I'd also reread Life of Pi by Yann Martel, which I absolutely loved, so that took me to number 13 on my list. Then I read the fantastic Capital by John Lanchester, a sort of 'state of the nation' novel about London in the twenty-first century, told from the perspective of the people who live on a single street. Very clever premise, and it has a 'mystery' element too that hooks you in. It's still only 20p on Kindle, so I'd definitely recommend that you snap it up quick sticks! I am now reading Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, the first of MC Beaton's detective novels. Kerry lent it to me and I'm enjoying it so far, it's set in the Cotswolds and is very Agatha Christie! Today I bought two more novels on Kindle- another one for 20p (Winter in Madrid by C.J. Samson), a thriller set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, which was a mere 63p! I swop book recommendations with my friend who is currently living in Germany for work and she said she read this recently and loved it, so I'm keen to give it a try (it's extremely long, but then I am speeding through my books at the moment, so that's probably a good thing!!)

Hope you all enjoyed World Book Day and managed to get some reading done!

1. P.D. James, A Mind to Murder
2. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
3. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
4. Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit
7. George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords
8. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
9. Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
10. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel's Tale
11. Scarlett Thomas, Bright Young Things
12. Nick Alexander, The Half-Life of Hannah
13. Yann Martel, Life of Pi
14. John Lanchester, Capital
 

Happy World Book Day

Happy World book day everyone.
I hope if you(or any family members) did anything special you all enjoyed it.
xox

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Crazy in Love

So here is another finish for me, I wasn't sure what to read when I finished my last book so I just grabbed this off the book pile by my bed. It's by Chrissie Manby. I've read a few of hers over the years, but this has to be a favourite. It was a fun read, not too serious and I read it in a few days. I even lay in bed reading it one morning as I was so close to the end!

I've moved back to Ruth Rendell and I'm now reading The best man to die. It's another Wexford and a good read so far...

Happy reading