Saturday, 19 January 2019

The January Library Book Photo

Here are the books that I'd ordered and were available to  collect from the library van this week. Jack Munroe's Cooking on a Bootstrap should have been there but it's still in transit - hopefully not lost - so that and several others I've ordered in the last week will be ready for me in February.

There are two more crime books by Joy Ellis who I've recently discovered. I've not read any Donna Leon but Rachel said I would probably like them and this was on the library van shelves so I'll give it a go. The Elly Griffiths book isn't in either of her previous series but sounds a bit ghostly and chilling so might not be my cup of tea and at the bottom of the pile is a new book "The Creative Kitchen" which is subtitled "Seasonal plant based recipes for meals,drinks, garden and self-care". Sounds interesting.


I have kept several still to read from this lot that were collected in December (Tombland, The Kate Ellis book, Murder by Matchlight and A Handful of Ash).
December's Library Book Photo
and even a  book collected in November ( The 3 in 1  Ngaio Marsh book) is still waiting for time for me to read it.

November's Library Book photo
Books read are always added to the separate pages and anything else has gone back unread - usually because I just couldn't get into them. The Stately Home Murder by Catherine Aird went back because it did one of those name change things and I'd already read it under it's original name which I now can't remember. I've not added 'How to Give Up Plastic' to the Books Read pages because I just flicked through and decided it was too dull to read properly.


Not sure what I'm doing this weekend I might head to a garden centre and a jumble sale or stay at home and keep warm. One thing I won't be doing is the jigsaw puzzle of Staithes, much too annoying. I started with the horizon and it was easy to find the pieces  but then very difficult to get them in the right order and even though I had the right number of sky bits to fit in the space I couldn't get them in the right places. I tried each piece each way in every space several times but then thought Blow This! and put the whole thing back in its box and into the Car Boot box.


Then I started the other puzzle of the Summer Garden, which didn't seem quite right for a cold, windy winter day but will be much easier to do as it's a House of Puzzles jigsaw like the Corner Shop and the Lifeboat Rescue puzzles that I did without hassles in November.  You can tell I'm a bit fussy about jigsaws just like I am with books! No point spending time on something that's annoying when there is a whole world of other stuff out there to try!

Many thanks for comments about the cheese plate yesterday, it's a keeper at the moment unless I change my mind at Christmas.
Have a good weekend whatever you are doing.
Back Monday
Sue

38 comments:

  1. You're right to be fussy over your jigsaws, as you know we have one on the go all of the time but if I start one and just can't get on with it I don't hesitate to put it away. It's supposed to be to relax you not make you angry, lol I like the wheel barrow one, looks like my kind of picture.
    Briony
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    1. The garden one is interesting as it has 15 'find the difference' things on the actual puzzle different from the picture on the box. I was thinking I might run a spot the difference competition when I finish it - for blog readers

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  2. I only do Ravensburger jigsaws. I am fussy too. Glad you have a Donna Leon there. Try to read it slowly to absorb the atmosphere of life in Venice.

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    1. I'll try but it will be difficult!

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    2. You always make reading sound like it's a race. It isn't.

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    3. So many books, so little time!

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    4. Well, slower than usual. It would be dreadful to miss Brunetti and his wife and children bits, and Venice locations, they are why Donna Leon's followers love the books so much.

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  3. I totally agree with you about not sticking with books or jigsaws that you don't like.
    I worked in an independent book shop and clearly remember a day when the owner and I stood looking at the wealth and diversity of books in the small shop. We concurred that we would never live to read a fraction of those that we wanted to read and that to stick with a book because we “should” was a ridiculous waste of time.
    There are some books that claim to improve the mind or one's quality of life but my shelves have several of those, mainly unread.
    Sue

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    1. Classics come in to my category of "Lifes too short"!

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  4. Jigsaws (and books) are supposed to be fun! Really no point carrying on, it's just a waste of time.
    You remind me that I ought to go through my book shelves again. I'm no fan of the Konmari thing but it's daft to have books there I will never reade again and no space for the books I will read/re-read.
    xx

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    1. I'll be sorting through books again soon, hoping that Ziffit might want some they didn't before

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  5. I agree if it's not want you like it's just a waste of time to leave it alone, time goes so quickly. I have put 2 puzzles back to the charity shop because I did not get on with them.
    Have a nice week Sue whatever you are doing, we have a jumble sale this week which my daughter is coming to with me.
    Hazel c uk

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    1. I shall be on the lookout for one to do after the garden one - plenty around in charity shops

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  6. I'm curious, so a question. Isn't there a time limit on how long you can keep a library book? When I belonged to the library it was three weeks, but that was 12 years ago before I moved to Wales.

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    1. In Suffolk libraries it is 3 weeks although you can renew up to 6 times as long as no one wants it.Because the library van only comes every four weeks we get to keep them for 8 weeks(Just in case the van doesn't come) and can still renew them 6 times and this is one of the reasons I use the van rather than a static library because it saves me having to think about renewing and getting fined!

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  7. The Creative Kitchen sounds interesting -let us know if there are some good recipes for vegetarians.
    I would have had to carry on with that jigsaw to the bitter end - I should learn to do what you have done and pass it over for another - life is too short!

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    1. I couldn't even really get started on that jigsaw! let alone finish the darn thing!

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  8. i love Donna Leon's books! Each can be read as a stand-alone but if possible try to read them in order as his family life and the lives of his colleagues do evolve over time.

    I heard her speak a couple of years ago - over 600 people urned up to the free reading!!! She is a very interesting (and outspoken) woman! :-)

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    1. I don't know if I've tried one before - maybe not, I'll see how I get on and if OK then I'll order from the start

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  9. Last time I was at the library van the assistant practically begged me to give him a list of book requests. I already have several ordered online but, to keep him happy, I'll request some of the ones in your photographs, lazy of me, but we have similar taste in books. I think they have so few 'customers' that he must be desperate to have something to do, poor chap.

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    1. I cause the library van driver lots of problems because I order so many and they come from other places but then when I take them back he doesn't have room for them on the shelves. Sometimes I take them back to Stowmarket library just to avoid him huffing and puffing!

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  10. Gosh I hate it when you have the right number of pieces for the sky or any edge and no matter what you do they just won't fit. I think it was one like that that finally put me off jigsaws for good.

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    1. It was a very frustrating jigsaw but someone is sure to want it when I do a boot sale in the summer

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  11. On a couple of book sites that I look at, so many people are saying how good Tombland is.
    I hope you enjoy it as much as they have!

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    1. It's VERY heavy, I'm thinking I may have to wait until it comes out in paperback!
      Wish I knew why A has dropped out of PP letters - very strange as she enjoys writing as much as I do.

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  12. I've just made my decision after reading your post! The jigsaw that we started back in October is going back into the box. We got about 3/4 done and the rest is agony. Looking and trying pieces for an hour and maybe getting one to fit. I have a felt thingie I bought on Amazon to keep puzzles rolled up in between working on them (and away from inquisitive cats), and I'm going to unroll it and enjoy taking it apart. Pete will be pleased!

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    1. Good decision! Life is too short for suffering over a jigsaw. :-) Hope you find another to try. Thank goodness some are easier than others or I would never have the patience to try again.
      I have hopped over to visit your new blog and will add to my reading list. Hope the snowstorm doesn't cause too many problems. The UK would grind to a halt if we got even half that much!

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    2. If a jigsaw is taking that long all the enjoyment of it is long gone and it is a no brainer. Why suffer with it?

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  13. I have to say, a jigsaw is meant to be done for pleasure and to be relaxing - I think the Staithes one, though really attractive, didn't fit either of those criteria!

    Still hoping to find a 2nd hand copy of Tombland rather than fork out for it, especially whilst still in hardback. Don't belong to the library any more (20 mile round trip to our main one and the travelling library has been tethered to certain areas, which doesn't work for me either - calling at the gate did).

    Let me know what you think of the new Elly Griffiths.

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    1. Tombland is huge and very heavy, there are bound to be lots of 2nd hand copies around in a while. I often see his earlier ones in charity shops - that's where mine have come from.

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  14. Nice lot of books again. I hope you'll let us know how the Elly Griffiths book is. I've read some of hers and liked them so hopefully it will be good!

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    1. This is different to the others, not part of either series. Don't know if it's a stand alone or beginning of a new series.

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  15. Have you read Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver Mysteries or Charles Todd's Inspector Ian Rutledge series? I highly recommend both. They both take place in England...Ian Rutledge is immediately post WWI. Excellent writing and character development by both authors.

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    1. I've tried Miss Silver but couldn't get into them. The library doesn't have any of the early ones by Charles Todd, only a recent one which is a shame

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  16. I love this post I may start a photo post about the books I order and link you in of course. I always order my books at the library and this last week read the choice by Edith Eger which had been on order for months. It was interesting and she made a positive life for herself, worth a look if you haven't read it.

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    1. Hi,I like doing the library book post each month as people often tell me they get ideas from it.
      I wouldn't be able to read"The Choice", books about people suffering any sort of trauma are not my sort of books I'm afraid. In fact since Col died I've hardly read any non-fiction books at all, just don't seem able to concentrate on them.

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  17. I suffer through even those books I hate. I always seem to think they will get better, and they never really do. Good on you for sending them back.

    God bless.

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