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The Week in Books: April 4 – April 10

A weird old week. Not even sure what was going on with me to be honest, except being really busy and doing a lot of house cleaning as everything was a state after all the covid. Onwards and upwards etc.

Read:

Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh

The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude

Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris

A Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh

Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch 

Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh

A House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair

Started:

Agatha Christie’s Poirot by Mark Aldridge 

Stories I Might Regret Telling You by Martha Wainwright 

Still reading:

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

The Start of Something by Miranda Dickinson*

Plan for the Worst by Jodi Taylor

The Fake Up by Justin Myers*

I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein

Ummmmm. Preorders arrived, another preorder added to the list and a couple of ebooks. Move along, nothing to see here.

Bonus photo: the street used as Sherlock’s house in the BBC series, as seen on my walk to the station last week.

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The Week in Books: March 28 – April 3

Did I have a week with a massive binge of Jodi Taylor and an inability to settle down to read anything else? Yes I absolutely did. Did I also go away at the weekend? Absolutely. Am I already behind on my plans for April? Totally. Hey ho. Happy Monday everyone!

Read:

A Thorn in the Saddle by Rebekah Weatherspoon

The Steam Pump Jump by Jodi Taylor

And Now for Something Completely Different by Jodi Taylor

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Christmas Past by Jodi Taylor

Hope for the Best by Jodi Taylor

When Did You Last See Your Father by Jodi Taylor

Why is Nothing Ever Simple by Jodi Taylor

Started:

A House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair

Plan for the Worst by Jodi Taylor

The Fake Up by Justin Myers*

I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein

The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude

Still reading:

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

The Start of Something by Miranda Dickinson*

A couple of books bought because Little Sis (who has a kindle on my account) was off on holiday and needed some fresh reading material! Or at least that’s my excuse.

Bonus photo: There is no photographic evidence of my weekend away, and very little of the rest of my week because it was a fairly standard mostly working at home, day in the office in London sort of week. So instead here are my happy face paper clips, which I was using to try and persuade my sister to make a stationery order this week…

Multi coloured paper clips with smiley faces

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Squee: New Steven Rowley coming

Ok it’s not coming till 2023, and all I know about is the title – The Celebrants – but I’m super excited about this. I loved The Guncle last year and The Editor the other week, so something new from Steven Rowley is very exciting to me. To be honest I’m not even sure it’s real, because Goodreads seems to be the only place it exists right now. But hey, I can hope/a girl can dream!

In the meantime, the paperback edition of The Guncle is out in the USA on the 5th and in the UK on the 12th. And you should definitely read that. And then try to resist the urge to buy a kaftan!

Happy weekend everyone!

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The Week in Books: March 21 – March 27

Another Covid-y week although I have now tested negative a couple of times. The early part of the week was spent sleeping on the sofa while the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice played in the background, the later part catching up on all the stuff I’d missed. All without leaving the house! I’ve shifted the Paustovsky off the reading list for a while – reading about beautiful cities in Ukraine is not something my brain can cope with at the moment. But I will come back to it at some point.

Read:

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

And The Rest Is History by Jodi Taylor

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh

The Lake District Murder by John Bude

An Argumentation of Historians by Jodi Taylor

With Love from Rose Bend by Naima Simone*

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q Subtano

Started:

Hope for the Best by Jodi Taylor

A Thorn in the Saddle by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Still reading:

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

The Start of Something by Miranda Dickinson*

No books bought. Clearly Covid is affecting my ability to buy books., i’m sure the to-read shelf is thanking me?!

Bonus photo: honestly I really struggled for a photo for today, because i haven’t been anywhere and no one needs to see my covid tests again. Anyway, here’s Mr Darcy and mr Bingley as seen from my sofa.

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The Week in Books: March 14 – March 20

So this was the week that Covid descended on our household. I’ve never been gladder for forward planning my posts, and that I haven’t really had much more to do that this. So far, my covid is mostly manifesting in swollen glands, ear ache, sore throat, a cough, a persistent underlying headache and a bunged up nose, which I realise sounds like a lot when I write it down, but as it doesn’t include any breathing problems I’ll take it. I’ve mostly spent the time since I went down with it sleeping and watching mindless TV. Fingers crossed this is as bad as it gets.

Read:

The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis

The Radical Element ed Jessica Spotswood*

It Takes Two by Cathy Newman*

Without a Hitch by Mary Hollis Huddleston and Asher Fogle Paul

The Editor by Steven Rowley

Started:

With Love from Rose Bend by Naima Simone*

Still reading:

The Story of a Life by Konstantin Paustovsky*

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

The Start of Something by Miranda Dickinson*

Nothing bought (although a fair bit arrived) so I guess there’s something to be said for my general lethargy.

Bonus photo: honestly did you expect anything other than my positive covid test? It’s not like I’ve been able to do anything or go anywhere is it?!

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The Week in Books: March 7 – March 13

So I didn’t go to the theatre last week, but it was another busy one. A real mix of reading too – with a few library books coming due that I finished off and more of the aforementioned Sookie Stackhouse reread as well. Probably not making as much progress on the NetGalley list as I should be so might have to tackle that a bit more this week…

Read:

Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews*

Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claibourne Johnson

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Started:

The Editor by Steven Rowley

The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis

The Radical Element ed Jessica Spotswood*

It Takes Two by Cathy Newman*

Still reading:

The Story of a Life by Konstantin Paustovsky*

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

The Start of Something by Miranda Dickinson*

I had a mega book buying spree – Virago were doing their designer hardbacks at fifty percent off and I filled in a few gaps in the collection. I just couldn’t help myself.

Bonus photo: I know, not the most exciting picture this week, but at least it looks a bit like spring is coming – this was Fitzroy Square on the walk to work last week!

 

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Bookshelfie: Downstairs Pratchetts

Why is this post called Downstairs Pratchetts? Because the Tiffany Aching books live upstairs with the middle grade books so that’s the upstairs Pratchetts. And why aren’t there more of them? Well when I first read them I was a teenager, so there is the family set at my parents’ house. I’ve done most of my rereads via audiobook or ebook, so this is just the start of what I’m hoping will be a selection of my favourites in delightful hardback form. Because these really are very pretty.

And why did I pick this shelf today? Well it’s seven years today since Sir Terry died so it seemed fitting. I wrote at the time about how much he and his books meant to me. And I wrote again when I read the last book. So here’s another excuse to talk Sir Terry and his wonderful worlds. My first books in this collection are the ones that I revisit the most. And as we know I like sets and they’ve helpfully broken the Discworld down into strands, I’ll probably get the rest of the ones that are in these sets. Although there are some new paperbacks coming too. And a fresh set of audiobooks with new narrators, which I’m quite excited about because although I love Stephen Briggs he hasn’t done all of them and I don’t like the Nigel Planer version. I know. I’m sorry.

Anyway GNU Terry Pratchett.

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The Week in Books: February 28 – March 6

As I mentioned on Saturday, this week hasn’t really been any better than last week and was certainly as busy. I’m still deep into the mystery and romance section of my tbr shelves (physical and virtual) because I can’t deal with any more uncertainty right now, but I did finish two non-fiction books last week, which were eyeopening and depressing for completely different reasons, so I’m not all happy endings and resolutions. This week coming, I’m in the office again for at least one day, so there will be some train reading, and it’s also the first week in six (!) that I don’t have a theatre trip booked. And now that I’ve worked that out and written that down, I realise how much theatre I’ve done over the last month, and am also wondering if I can squeeze a trip to something in this week too. I mean after all it really does lift my mood…

Read:

Silver Street by Ann Stafford

The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer

Sex Cult Nun by Faith Jones

Cold Clay by Juneau Black*

The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer

Unnatural Death by Dorothy L Sayers

Get Rich or Lie Trying by Symeon Brown*

Island of the Mad by Laurie R King

Who’s Calling by Helen McCloy*

Started:

Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews*

Still reading:

The Story of a Life by Konstantin Paustovsky*

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

The Start of Something by Miranda Dickinson*

Bonus photo: I could have done another photo of a theatre before a show, because I went to see Bedknobs and Broomsticks on stage on Friday night, but I thought that might be gratuitous theatre pictures, so instead I offer you my Saturday night on the sofa with a book. Because if I’m not at work or at the theatre, that’s my default spot right now!

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The Week in Books: February 21 – February 27

Well. It really was quite a week wasn’t it. I mean so much going on. So very, very much. And as you might be able to tell, I’ve plunged into a massive Sookie Stackhouse re-read to deal with it all as well as listening to Georgette Heyer and Amelia Peabody. It’s been delightful, but I have actually no idea what I’m going to write about tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll work it out though.

Read:

Death by Intermission by Alexis Morgan

Pat’s Pantry by Rhoda Baxter

The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham

Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Started:

Silver Street by Ann Stafford

The Start of Something by Miranda Dickinson*

Still reading:

The Story of a Life by Konstantin Paustovsky*

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Sex Cult Nun by Faith Jones

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

Bonus photo: We went to London on Sunday for a day out and so here is a picture of Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial looking delightful in the wintry sunshine, just after the Changing of the Guard finished.

Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial on Sunday Morning

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The Week in Books: February 14 – February 20

An interesting week in reading – revisiting an old friend in Sookie Stackhouse and also re-reading Thrones, Dominations for the first time in a few years and in the light of my newly intensive listening of the proper Peter and Harriet books. Then I got a couple more states ticked off the map of America with a couple more books in cozy crime series that I like – and when my library hold for Well Matched came in. Really quite a satisfying week in reading.

Read:

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanna Fluke

Home Work by Julie Andrews

Thrones, Dominations by Dorothy L Sayers and Jill Paton Walsh

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris

Playing for Love by Jeevani Charika*

Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jen McKinlay

Well Matched by Jen De Luca

Started:

Sex Cult Nun by Faith Jones

Fire Court by Andrew Taylor*

Death by Intermission by Alexis Morgan

Still reading:

The Story of a Life by Konstantin Paustovsky*

Worn by Sofi Thanhauser*

Paper Lion by George Plimpton

Bonus photo:  I went to the theatre – again – last week, so it’s another gratuitous theatre photo – this time from the Six the Musical tour.

Shot of a the stage for Six the musical before it started

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