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The Week in Books: May 6 – May 12

A really, really busy week.  So busy.  But some books finished, some really good ones started.

Read:

Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton

An Unnatural Vice by K J Charles

Just Past Two by Elia Winters

Lies, Damned Lies and History by Jodi Taylor

Fence Vol 2 by CS Pacat et al

Started:

A Gentleman’s Honour by Stephanie Laurens

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Still reading:

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Trainwreck by Sady Doyle

Thanks Obama by David Litt

No books bought – but a couple of pre-orders turned up.

Bonus photo: The stage set for Bill Bailey on Sunday night

stage set up for Bill Bailey

 

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The Week in Books: April 29 – May 5

Another busy week – because it was the local elections so I got to work on the coverage!  But those train journeys meant some good reading time – and then there was a bank holiday weekend at the end.  Not bad going at all.

Read:

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujaya Massey

Second Time Sweeter by Beverly Jenkins

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

Web of Love by Mary Balogh

Out of Time by Katy Monger

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh

Daily Grind by Anna Zabo

Started:

Lighting the Flames by Sarah Wendell

An Unnatural Vice by K J Charles

Thanks Obama by David Litt

Still reading:

Lies, Damned Lies and History by Jodi Taylor

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Trainwreck by Sady Doyle

Four books – that copy of Bonfire of the Vanities I mentioned in last week’s BotW post and the first three cozy crimes in a series that I spotted in the Oxfam bookshop when I was on my lunchbreak on Friday!  Oh and two graphic novels at the Comic Book shop on Free comics day too..

Bonus picture:  My view from results duty on Friday!

View of the houses of parliament from an upper floor window

 

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April Stats

New books read this month: 34*

Books from the to-read pile: 8

Ebooks read: 2

NetGalley books read: 6

Library books: 18 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 3

Most read author:  Beverly Jenkins (8 books – 7 Blessings books and one historical romance)

Books read in 2019:  107

Books bought: 2 ebooks, 2 books

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 588 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

A solid month all things considered, and some wonderful books read.  I seem to have swapped the Susan Mallery binge for a Beverly Jenkins one, although now I’m up to date with the Blessings series that may slow down somewhat!

Bonus picture: Finishing April with a trip to Fiddler on the roof on Tuesday night!

Programme and stage set up of Fiddler on the Roof

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (1 this month)

 

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The Week in Books: April 22 – April 28

After a busy week at work, I spent the weekend working, then watching Maggie Smith do an absolute tour de force in A German Life and then chasing round London supporting my little sister who was running the marathon.  So not as much reading done as some weeks.  But I had a lot of fun – and most of all my sister did it!  She finished the marathon!

Read:

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Grave’s A Fine And Private Place by Alan Bradley

Running the Risk by Christina Jones

Stepping to a New Day by Beverly Jenkins

Chasing Down a Dream by Beverly Jenkins

Web of Love by Mary Balogh

Started:

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujaya Massey

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

Still reading:

Lies, Damned Lies and History by Jodi Taylor

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Trainwreck by Sady Doyle

Three books bought – but they don’t count because they’re kindle copies of some the Cazalet Chronicles to complete the set so that I can re-read Clary and Polly and Rupert and everyone any time I want!

Bonus picture: Timothy West and Hayward Morse talking to Dr Emma Parker at an event at the British Library on Tuesday night about Joe Orton and What the Butler Saw.

Emma Parker, Timothy West and Hayward Morse

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The Week in Books: April 15 – April 21

So it turns out that rather than use my week off to finish the books I had already started, I mostly used it to go on a Beverly Jenkins binge.  What can I say, my reading brain wants what it wants – and the library was able to oblige. But given that it was Easter week and they’re Christian inspirationals, maybe it was actually quite apt.

Read:

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

Something Old, Something New by Beverly Jenkins

A Wish and a Prayer by Beverly Jenkins

Heart of Gold by Beverly Jenkins

For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins

Due Dilligence by Anna Zabo

Bronzed Betrayals by Ritter Ames

From Duke Til Dawn by Eva Leigh

Started:

The Grave’s A Fine And Private Place by Alan Bradley

Stepping to a New Day by Beverly Jenkins

Still reading:

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Lies, Damned Lies and History by Jodi Taylor

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Trainwreck by Sady Doyle

On the upside: No books bought.  So that’s where all my willpower went!

Bonus Picture: Bank Holiday weekend sunshine.

a park on a sunny day

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The Week in Books: April 8 – April 14

Another busy week at work and another goodly pile of books read.  And I didn’t do too badly at working my  way down that ongoing reading pile.  I’m not at work this week, so my aim is to do soe more work on the NetGalley backlog as well as on the actual TBR pile.  Wish me luck.

Read:

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

On the Road and off the Record with Leonard Bernstein by Charlie Harmon

The Binding by Bridget Collins

One in a Million by Jill Shalvis

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Twelfth Night: Mary McCartney by Mary McCartney

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole

Started:

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Trainwreck by Sady Doyle

Still reading:

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

Lies, Damned Lies and History by Jodi Taylor

Two books bought:  the gorgeous Mary McCartney – which is very much a coffee table book, but as I read every word of it, it counts – and the new Cat Sebastian ebook.

Bonus picture: the theatre before Sir Ian McKellen’s one man birthday show on Sunday night!

Theatre programme with picture of Sir Ian McKellen with a stage in the background

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The Week in Books: April 1 – April 7

Not a bad week’s reading, considering it was a really busy week for various reasons.  But the Still Reading list is starting to look a little out of control, so I’m going to try and tackle that this week.  We’ll see how that goes!

Read:

Just One of the Guys by Kristen Higgins

Operation Atonement by Talia Hibbert

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

Not Quite Over You by Susan Mallery

It’s In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Takeover by Anna Zabo

The Return of Mr Campion by Margery Allingham

Started:

He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

Lies, Damned Lies and History by Jodi Taylor

Still reading:

The Binding by Bridget Collins

On the Road and off the Record with Leonard Bernstein by Charlie Harmon

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

No books bought!  Hurrah!

Bonus picture: Misty London on Monday morning. NB: for Maisie Dobbs fans, the square I’m about to walk into is Fitzroy Square where Maisie has her office!

View of the BT tower and Fitzroy Square