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The Week in Books: July 8 – July 14

I thought this list was going to be shorter than usual this week but actually it’s worked out ok. Why did I think the list would be shorter? Well the Michelle Dean is long and I’ve spent a lot of train journeys reading that, and secondly because I’ve had one of my periodic culls of the tbr-pile which included another round of “50 pages and out” on stuff that I wasn’t sure whether to keep or jettison.

Read:

The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley

Best Of My Love by Susan Mallery

Of Dogs and Walls by Yuko Tsushima

Springtime at Cherry Tree Cottage by Cathy Woodman

All Or Nothing by Rose Lerner

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Dockside by Susan Wiggs

One Hot Summer by Kat French

Started:

The Burning Issue of the Day by T E Kinsey

The Great Successor by Anna Fifield

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Still reading:

Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

Sharp by Michelle Dean

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

And no books bought – I’m trying hard to restrain book buying urges and the library with its ebook loan service is really helping me.  I did pick up a kindle freebie or two though.

Bonus photo: Summer flowers in my parents’ garden this week – it looks so perfectly English country garden to me.

flower borders

 

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The Week in Books: July 1 – July 7

After all the nonfiction reading of the last few weeks, this week was thoroughly fiction centric.

Read:

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Proud ed Juno Dawson

It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Hot Head by Damon Suede

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

Started:

The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley

Sharp by Michelle Dean

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

Still reading:

Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

One book bought – but it’s a replacement for a Laurie Graham that I’ve lost – so it totally doesn’t count at all.

Bonus picture: The Coliseum on Saturday night, in the middle of the Pride parade party – I was on my way to see On Your Feet!

St Martins Lane in London

 

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June Stats

New books read this month: 33*

Books from the to-read pile: 5

Ebooks read: 12

NetGalley books read: 4

Library books: 10 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 3

Most read author: Susan Mallery (5 books – all Fools Gold ones)

Books read in 2019:  203

Books bought: 0!!!!!

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 589 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

I can’t believe I’ve finally managed a month where I didn’t buy a book! And without realising that I’d done it too.  Amazing.  Thank you baggage tag mix up for keeping me away from the bookshop at Luton airport!

Bonus picture: Aix-en-Provence’s cathedral – from my holiday in the middle of the month.  If there’s an architectural style – from Roman to Gothic – this has got it.

Aix-en-Provence cathedral front

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (4 this month)

 

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The Week in Books: June 24 – June 30

It’s the start of July and it’s a Monday so we have the traditional conundrum about how to juggle the schedule for the stats post, but don’t worry, it’s coming.  Anyway, a nice and varied list of books for the last week of June – although it got a bit interupted in places – that’s why there’s a lot of books on the started list!

Read:

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Seduction by Karina Longworth

We’ll Meet Again by Cathy Bramley

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Why Do You Wear A Cheap Watch by Hans Fallada

Started:

It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Proud by Juno Dawson

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Still reading:

Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

No books bought – but quite a few audiobooks in Audible’s birthday sale. But they don’t count to they?!

Bonus picture: the heatwave in Fitzroy Square!

A sunny day in a Georgian square

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The Week in Books: June 17 – June 23

A really busy week getting back into the swing over everything post holidays and working over the weekend.

Read:

Roughing It With Ryan by Jill Shalvis

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Hold Me by Jill Shalvis

Bound with Passion by Megan Mulry

Ghost of a Chance by Cate Dean

The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

Started:

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

Still reading:

Seduction by Karina Longworth

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

No books bought!

Bonus photo: The Festival Hall on Saturday night – where I went to see The Light in the Piazza!

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The Week in Books: June 10 – June 16

I was sunning myself in the south of France all last week, so this is very much a holiday reading list.  I had a fabulous time – and read some really good books, of which more to follow…

Read:

Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery

Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

An Act of Villainy by Ashley Weaver

The Van Apple Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

Fumbled by Alexa Moore

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey

Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

Started:

Seduction by Karina Longworth

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Still reading:

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

And no books bought.  Mostly because our baggage tag got messed up and I spent the whole time we were waiting to leave running around trying to get our mis-tagged suitcase off a flight to Amsterdam and onto our flight to Nice.  Not the most relaxing way to start a holiday…

Bonus photo: Monaco baby!  Here’s the finishing line and pole position marker from the world’s most famous street circuit.  Him Indoors and I are both big motor racing fans, so we walked the circuit as well as stared at the yachts, obscenely expensive cars and designer shops.  Luckily for us they were still dismantling things after this year’s race, so we got a bit of a sense of the whole thing.

Finish line, pole position marker and podium pavillion in Monte Carlo.

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The Week in Books: June 3 – June 9

So it was a bit of a week. Very, very busy at work with the state visit of Donald Trump and really quite tired. So not as much reading as I had hoped. Some good stuff there though.

Read:

Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai

Hurts To Love You by Alisha Rai

The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas

The Vinyl Detective: Flip Back by Andrew Cartmel

When We Met by Susan Mallery

Started:

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton

Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery

Still reading:

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

 Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

No books bought! Hurrah!

Bonus photo: a pile of books lent to my sister by here class of year 5s. I’ve read half of them. I officially have the reading taste of a 10 year old girl!