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The Week in Books: September 14 – September 20

I lost all motivation and ability to concentrate at some point this week. And it coincided with a weekend at work which are always tricky for me. I don’t know why or what did messed with my reading mojo, but hopefully it’s not going to last. Cross your fingers for me.

Read:

Lumberjanes Vol 14 by Shannon Waters et al

Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

A Duke, the Lady and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

Starboard Secrets by Hope Callaghan

Started:

Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee

Vanishing Act by Charlie Hodges*

Still reading:

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Hoax by Brian Stelter

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody

Still not counting.

Bonus photo: a Bloomsbury mews at dusk on Saturday night. Way out of my price range, but so pretty!

London mews close, with cobbles

An * next to a book title indicates that it came from NetGalley. ** indicates it was an advance copy from a source other than NetGalley

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The Week in Books: September 7 – September 13

So it wasn’t to somewhere hot and abroad, but we did go away for a few days last week. And during our appropriately socially distant break, I got a bit of reading done. After making a really good start on my NetGalley reading this month, I’ve fallen back a bit – not only did I buy a couple of books for the holiday, I have library books coming due and  I’m behind on the bookshelf (check out the August Stats if you don’t believe me) and I’m trying to catch up. I’m also trying to pace myself with Rodham and make it last a bit, but who knows how long that will last for.

Read:

Tales from the Folly by Ben Aaronovitch

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi*

Dover One by Joyce Porter

Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody

A Leader in the Chalet School by Elinor M Brent-Dyer

Mrs Pargeter’s Pound of Flesh by Simon Brett

The Art of Drag by Jake Hall, Sofie Birkin, Helen Li et al

Murder on a Girls’ Night Out by Anne George

Started:

Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody

Still reading:

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Hoax by Brian Stelter

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Still not counting.

Bonus photo: This was our home for our little break – a log cabin in woods in Yorkshire. Isn’t it gorgeous? Not the place to be reading anything creepy though!

A log cabin with a grassy plant covered roof in woods

An * next to a book title indicates that it came from NetGalley. ** indicates it was an advance copy from a source other than NetGalley

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The Week in Books: August 31 – September 6

The schools are going back and the holidays are over. Normal life is resuming. Or is it? Can it ever? Well who knows, but these are still quite strange times. However, I’ve used whatever back to school energy I could summon to reduce the number of books on the Still Reading List a bit. I’m quite pleased with me. In relative terms anyway.

Read:

Real Men Knit by Kwana Johnson

She Represents by Caitlin Donohue*

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman*

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

Uneasy Lies the Crown by Tasha Alexander

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Started:

Hoax by Brian Stelter

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Murder on a Girls’ Night Out by Anne George

Still reading:

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi*

Still not counting.

Bonus photo: the latest addition to the to read pile. Isn’t it beautiful? And it’s signed. And I got a Reading is Fundamental print too. Thank you Foyles.

Copy of The Art of Drag

An * next to a book title indicates that it came from NetGalley. ** indicates it was an advance copy from a source other than NetGalley

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August Stats

New books read this month: 34*

Books from the to-read pile: 10

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 7

Audiobooks: 1

Library books: 8 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: V for Victory or the latest Vinyl Detective novel

Most read author: George Bellairs – 4 more Inspector Littlejohn mysteries

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 256

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 578

So the summer holidays are over and the schools are going back, and I’m actually fairly pleased with what I read last month. I didn’t quite manage as many NetGalley books as I wanted, but I have a couple that I’m nearly finished, so I’m going to keep that momentum going forward in September. I need to keep working at the actual physical book pile too because although I’m not counting, I can see the books arriving…

Bonus picture: I finally got halfway through my bookshelf tracker this month, only 6 weeks behind schedule to fill it up before the end of the year. Wish me luck everyone…

Drawing of a bookshelf with books on half the shelves coloured in

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

 

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The Week in Books: August 24 – August 30

 I can’t believe that it’s the end of August today. I mean. Where did the summer go? Anyway, book of the week coming up tomorrow, mini reviews on Wednesday, August stats on Thursday and that’s your week. Or at least I think it is!

Read:

Paper Girls Vol 6 by Brian K Vaughan et al

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor*

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Fall into Death by Emily Toll

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Toll the Bell for Murder by George Bellairs

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Started:

Uneasy Lies the Crown by Tasha Alexander

Still reading:

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

 Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi*

Real Men Knit by Kwana Johnson

Still not counting.

Bonus photo: my cousin’s dog’s puppies are growing, and their mum has the haunted, sleep deprived, what on earth hit me look of new mums every where.

A cocker spaniel and her puppies.

An * next to a book title indicates that it came from NetGalley. ** indicates it was an advance copy from a source other than NetGalley

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The Week in Books: August 17 – August 23

So some progress on the still reading list, but maybe not as much as I wanted. I had a bit of decision making fatigue at the end of the week and over the weekend and found it hard to pick a book and stick to it. Hey ho, it seems to be my new normal during the quarantimes to be honest.

Read:

We Germans by Alexander Starritt*

Bones in the Wilderness by George Bellairs

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

V for Victory by Lissa Evans*

To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Blue Rosette by Pamela MacGregor-Morris

Started:

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi*

Fall into Death by Emily Toll

Real Men Knit by Kwana Johnson

Toll the Bell for Murder by George Bellairs

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor*

Still not counting. Still don’t care.

Bonus photo: My lovely sunflowers. So bright,so friendly, such a mood lifter.

A large bunch of sunflowers in a jug

An * next to a book title indicates that it came from NetGalley. ** indicates it was an advance copy from a source other than NetGalley

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The Week in Books: August 10 – August 16

Another week, another post where the still reading list is quite long. I am working on it, but as with several other points in the Quarantimes I’m finding it hard to concentrate at times, and move towards lighter books with guaranteed resolutions.

Read:

The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

Death March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs*

The Vinyl Detective: Low Action by Andrew Cartmel

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

Welcome to Moonlight Harbor by Sheila Roberts

Sweet Home Montana by Shann McPherson*

Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things by Robin Muir

The Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz*

Started:

We Germans by Alexander Starritt*

To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor*

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Still not counting.

Bonus photo: I give you summer in the United Kingdom: at the start of the week in the mid 30s, by the end of the week – this…

rain in a park

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The Week in Books: August 3 – August 9

Such a hot week. Sometimes all I wanted to do was find a cool area and read. But I also had a fairly busy week, so that wasn’t actually always possible…

Read:

The Clutter Corpse by Simon Brett

Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

Paper Girls Vol 5 by Brian K Vaughan et al

Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Philips

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens

Murder Makes Mistakes by George Bellairs

Started:

The Vinyl Detective: Low Action by Andrew Cartmel

Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs*

The Man with the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things by Robin Muir

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Still not counting, still don’t care.

Bonus photo: here’s one of my cousin’s cocker spaniel puppies. It’s the most adorable photo I have this week, maybe this year.

A cocker spaniel puppy

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The Week in Books: July 27 – August 2

I’m going to go on the record and say that I was really glad to see the back of July. Here’s hoping that August is better. I worked over the weekend, which I usually do for the British Grand Prix weekend – but that’s usually because I’m trying to avoid the floods of fans coming in to my home town and the surrounding villages. Obviously that wasn’t a problem this year – and the race is in August (not July) and there’s another one at Silverstone next weekend, but it did at least make life feel a little bit more normal. Anyway the usual end of month/start of month posts are underway – if you missed it on Saturday here are the stats. Tomorrow is BotW as usual and then Wednesday will be the mini reviews.

Read:

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London*

The Garden of Forgotten Wishes by Trisha Ashley*

The Night They Killed Joss Varan by George Bellairs

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P Djèlí Clark

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff*

Started:

Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things by Robin Muir

A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

Still not counting what I’m buying and determinedly so, but on top of the impulse buying a couple of preorders dropped onto my kindle this week as nice gifts from PastVerity so that was cheering too.

Bonus photo: there were a couple of beautiful days last week – I was in the office over the weekend so didn’t get to take advantage of all of them, but this was from Thursday when I went for a walk near home and headed down to the stream.

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July Stats

New books read this month: 31*

Books from the to-read pile: 1

Ebooks read: 15

NetGalley books read: 5

Library books: 10 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 4

Favourite book this month: Here for It or Chiffon Trenches

Most read author: George Bellairs with a total binge – 7 books, all Inspector Littlejohn

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 222

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 579

I’m glad to see the back of July. I mean really, it’s not been great. I’ve struggled with reading and thank goodness for Kindle Unlimited enabling the Littlejohn binge which has helped get me through. May August be better. Please. Pretty please.

Bonus picture: Sunny July days were about the best bits of the month tbh, so that’s what I’ve gone for for the bonus picture. I’m aware this is quite mundane, but it’s not like I’ve been anywhere exciting or glamourous this month…

Sunny day in the park

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