Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The Late Late-August Library Book Photo

Is it really 4 weeks since the mobile library was round? Yes 'fraid so.
8 books that I'd ordered on line were collected last week. So what treasures have I here today?
 Two non-fiction on a similar theme ..........spending less on STUFF. Then 3 crime by favourite authors. The Librarian by Sally Vickers has been mentioned somewhere . I might have even borrowed it before and returned un-read. Not sure about the book by Robert Harris. I'll see. But the Peter James book has gone straight back on the returns pile as I've seen it before and it's much too nasty for me!
My top choice for the first to be read is the Alys Clare - I love her books.                                                   

How did I get on with the last lot from 4 weeks ago?

I wrote about two of these HERE but several others went back unread  including the two British Library Crime Classics. One was short crime stories translated from other languages...........too many difficult names and the other was just weird. I couldn't get into the Persephone reprint  by Joanna Cannan or The Mitford Murders. I've still got several here to read and I'm still having trouble concentrating on non-fiction. At the moment I'm part way through the Trisha Ashley at my second attempt - it starts with the death of a much loved partner and first attempt made me think..... maybe not  a good idea to read it, but I picked it up again the other day and got past the sad bit. I'm not sure about "Dear Mrs Bird" again I started it but couldn't decide if it was worth reading. I've kept it to try again. So 6 books were renewed for another month.

What with the dithering and the decorating I only read 4 books in August - which is the least read in a month ever!

Many thanks for comments yesterday.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

23 comments:

  1. The Trisha Ashley one is hard reading at the start, but by the end it's a pretty wonderful adventure. Though the idiot son continues to be a selfish berk throughout, and it's frustrating that the main character doesn't just slap him!

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    1. Finished it now, OK but predictable - or maybe that's because I looked at the end before I got there!!

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  2. you should be able to skim through the 'no spend' book fairly easily - most of her cutbacks are well-known now. still interesting to read though.

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  3. I have read a couple of Peter James books and have a few more here to read, her can be a bit gruesome.

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  4. A friend purchased "Dear Mrs. Bird" and I'll get it after her sister has read it, she liked it but said it was a very light read. I also tried but failed with the "Mitford" murders - I've read so many books about the real life sisters that I just couldn't see them in a novel.
    I am reading the Camilla Lackberg series (set in Sweden) but I've caught up to the 2018 release and I'm now waiting my turn - I've had it on hold for nearly 2 months now. I've just read book 3 in Cara Black's tries about Aimee Leduc, a detective who lives in Paris - each of the books is entitled "Murder n the ... region of Paris) - I'm now waiting for Book 4 to come in - "Murder at The Bastille".
    Not sure if I've mentioned them here before but my top reads for August were "Red Joan", "The Gravity of Birds", "The Weight of Ink" and "Bellevue Square".

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    1. The Mrs Bird book is easy reading and a case of can I be bothered

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  5. I find I read much less during the summer months. I read most of my library books on my iPad. I love the murder mystery books, but must look out for the Spend Less books.

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  6. I'm finding that there are more books I thought I wanted to read based on reviews or recommendations that simply don't hold my attention or the narrative/character(s) aggravate me, so I simply return them to the library. Not willing to waste time on what doesn't interest me.

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    1. I usually know by a dozen pages in if I want to finish it

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  7. The No Spend book was a bit disappointing for me - most of the things are what we already know so nothing surprising or any lightbulb moments for me. I have not seen The Life of Stuff but might add it to my list. My reading at the moment is all non-fiction - I tend to read fiction now when visiting the cottage along with gardening books.

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    1. I just seem to keep choosing crime at the moment - more of an escape I guess

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  8. By coincidence I ordered the Salley Vickers and it came this morning.
    I love her books so can't wait to start it when I have finished the one I am reading now. My pile of books grows daily like yours Sue. Beats watching T V any day.

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    1. Was it the one read on Radio 4 at bedtime? I'm not sure I shall like it

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  9. Hello! I am new to your blog and very much enjoy it. Thank you for the book suggestions; I read a lot and always am looking for new authors. I also was able to find the two Celia Lewis nature books you have mentioned, used, here in the US. What treasures they are! Both will be companions through the coming year and beyond. I am a life long reader and collector of nature books.

    lizzy at gone to the beach lizzzz.d@gmail.com

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    1. Hello and welcome to reading - hope you enjoy and comment more. I'm pleased you found the books over there in the U.S.

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    2. Hi again! Thanks for visiting my blog! I know I will enjoy reading your posts and hope you'll visit me at the beach again too. lizzy

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  10. I checked out the Mitford Murders from my library in the US and you had to stick with it but it was a really good book.

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    1. I probably wasn't in the right frame of mind to try hard enough.

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  11. I haven't read "Enigma" but if it is anything like a typical Robert Harris book, you won't be able to put it down! I love his books and have one on my bedside pile right now.

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