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The Week in Books: July 6 – July 12

Having lost what felt like pounds of hair, I am feeling a lot lighter in spirit as well. A lot of genres in this week’s reading – romance, non-fiction, horror, Girls Own, Literary fiction, mystery – aka pretty much the whole spectrum of what I read. Still got a lot of ongoing stuff though, but I’m working on it.

Read:

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Hello World by Hannah Fry

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Chalet School and the Lintons by Elinor M Brent-Dyer

First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde*

Started:

Not a Creature was Stirring by Christina Freeburn

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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 Chiffon Trenches by André Leon Talley

Still not counting…

Bonus photo: As the most important thing that happened last week was getting my hair cut, here is an in-progress picture. This is a lot of hair coming off (for me!!) after nearly 4 months without a cut!

Evidence of haircut!

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The Week in Books: June 29 – July 5

A much better week in reading – mostly because I used my days off at the start of the week to chill out and read. My next target is to try and clear the still reading list.

Read:

The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch

Sisters by Raina Telgemaier

Welcome to Ballet School by Ashley Bouder*

Murder on a Mississippi Steamboat by Leighann Dobbs

The Margot Affair by Sanaë Lemoine*

Harbor by Rebekah Weatherspoon**

Guts by Raina Telgemaier

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Started:

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde*

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

The Chiffon Trenches by André Leon Talley

Still not counting. I ordered a few things this week, but I was much better behaved than I had been.

Bonus photo: Never have I regretted having short hair so much as since the hairdressers cut. I have an appointment booked for tomorrow and I cannot wait. It’s been 15 weeks since it was cut (instead of 5!) so it hasn’t been this long in probably a decade. People keep telling me that it looks fine (some even say it looks great!) but living with it is not so much fun – if a gust of wind catches it one way I have early 90s boyband curtains, another and I look like a budget Justin Bieber look alike.

Me in a facemask with out of control hair!

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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June Stats

New books read this month: 30*

Books from the to-read pile: 1

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 7

Library books: 14 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 6

Favourite book this month: Really hard to chose between the Talia Hibbert novels and The Vanishing Half

Most read author: Talia Hibbert – two full length novels

Books bought: still not counting

Books read in 2020: 161

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 584

As I mentioned over and over in my June posts, I was trying to focus my reading on books by non-white authors. And it turns out that although I had a lot of options in my unread books, most of them were ebooks, so the physical to-read pile has not diminished that much last month. I’m going to try and boost the number of actual books read this month.

Bonus picture: I may have impulsively decided to try and read a book set in every US state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico before the end of the year. And as it’s made it into my journal, I’m going to have to do it now! I’ve been back through my reading so far this year since I drew this and I have around 20 ticked off already. Go me.

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (6 this month)

 

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The Week in Books: June 22 – June 28

So. I think this might have been the week that broke me. I mean I worked the weekend but I had days off during the week, but this list is shorter than usual. I feel like I read quite a lot, but I found it hard to keep my concentration going. And then there was the heat. I mean it wasn’t Nevada, but 30+ degrees is a lot for the UK – where we don’t have air-conditioning and really aren’t used to it. Still there’s a good mix of books on here, and there are more that are nearly finished.

Read:

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

On the Corner of Hope and Main by Beverly Jenkins

Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu*

Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Started:

The Chiffon Trenches by André Leon Talley

The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

The Margot Affair by Sanaë Lemoine*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Still not counting, still unable to stop myself from buying books at the first sign of any trouble or stress.

Bonus photo: Spotted in the office this weekend, and making me smile. I present: the Goat Cupboard.

A cupboard labelled Goat Cupboard

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The Week in Books: June 14 – June 21

Another weird week in Verity-world, with a newly chipped tooth and more problems concentrating the main causes. But it could be so much worse. And as with all the other weeks in this month so far, I’m concentrating on black and other non-white authors for my reading – except when library books are coming up to the end of their loans and aren’t renewable.

Read:

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri*

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

sugar, butter, flour, love by Nicole Falls

Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert*

Crystal Clear by Beverly Jenkins

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett*

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

Started:

The Margot Affair by Sanaë Lemoine*

Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu*

Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

I’m still not counting, but among my purchases were pre-orders for the new books from Tracey Livesay and Kwana Jackson, and the Beverly Jenkins on the read list and Alyssa Cole’s The AI Who Loved Me

Bonus photo: Some nice calming leaves and sky. Because nature and calming is good right now.

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The Week in Books: June 8 – June 14

Another slump-y week in my Lockdown experience. The Still Reading list continues to grow, but I have actually read quite a lot of pages of various books on that list, although that’s not showing up in finishing stuff. I’m still focusing on reading non-white authors too, except where library books are about to be due (and I can’t renew them).

Read:

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

One Bed for Christmas by Jackie Lau

Let Me Love You by Alexandria House

A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day by Jackie Lau

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Started:

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett*

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri*

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Still not counting, but I have bought a few…

Bonus photo: I was aiming for Artistic with my photo of my peonies, but I’m not sure I managed it!

Peonies

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The Week in Books: June 1 – June 7

I work in a newsroom, so I see a lot of what is going on in the world but last week, well the last two weeks really have been extraordinary even by the standards of what has been a news-dense and upsetting year. On Tuesday, I set aside my planned reading for the week and aside from library books that were due back and which I couldn’t renew, have spent the rest of the week focussing on books written by black authors. I am listening and I am learning. I’m trying to work out how best to use my privilege for good, but in the mean time the best thing I can do is try to amplify and uplift black voices.

Read:

He’d Rather be Dead by George Bellairs*

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell*

On Her Own Ground by A’Leila Perry Bundles

First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn

A Fake Girlfriend for Chines New Year by Jackie Lau

Finding Langston by Lesa Kline-Ransome

Started:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett*

Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri*

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward*

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Still not counting, but this week all my purchases bar two have been books by BIPOC.

Bonus photo: the covers of some of the books I’ve bought, borrowed or got from NetGalley this week.

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May Stats

New books read this month: 32*

Books from the to-read pile: 7

Ebooks read: 8

NetGalley books read: 6

Library books: 11 (all ebooks)

Non-fiction books: 6

Favourite book this month: Reticence by Gail Carriger for finishing the series off brilliantly, but as a standalone book, Bad Blood

Most read author: Donna Andrews – two books

Books bought: not counting

Books read in 2020: 161

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 570

If we were living in the old normal, this would have been a fairly regular looking month if you just looked at the figures, but of course we’re still in this strange new world and there were definite peaks and troughs in my reading mood and experience. As we had towards the midpoint in the year, I’m behind schedule with my efforts to work my way through the to-read bookshelf and with my attempts to catch up with my NetGalley backlog. I’m trying not to beat myself up about it, because a lot of now is about being kinds to yourself, but I am going to try and focus my efforts a little bit more in June to see what I can do. In blog terms May was another busy month – there’s a list of all the posts I’ve made in yesterday’s mini reviews – I don’t know what has brought on this surge of creativity, or how long it’s going to last, but hey, it’s been two months now so that’s something right?!

Bonus picture: A fairly typical view from the hammock, where a lot of the reading of books from the tbr shelf has happened this month. I suspect I should probably be doig something to make that hedge in a better shape, but I have no idea about gardening and my parents haven’t been allowed over to supervise me and tell me what to do

the edge of a hammock and a hedge

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (3 this month)

 

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The Week in Books: May 25 – May 31

Lovely weather last week meant time to lay in the hammock and read. And there was some really good stuff in there. I’ll certainly be talking about a few of them. Slight rearrangment to the posts this week because of the start of the month falling on a Monday – I’ve decided to do things as usual with a Book of the Week tomorrow and #Recommendsday mini reviews on Wednesday – and so you won’t be getting May stats until Thursday. I think that makes most sense.

Read:

Owl be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews

Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stevenson*

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

Taking Up Space by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi*

The Birds: Short stories by Daphne Du Maurier

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood*

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

She-Merchants, Buchaneers and Gentlewomen by Katie Hickman

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Started:

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

He’d Rather be Dead by George Bellairs*

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Still reading:

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Still not counting…

Bonus photo: I treated myself to some flowers to cheer me up – and it worked. Lovely peonies.

Some peonies

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The Week in Books: May 18 – May 24

So lots of nonfiction reading this week, but also lots of problems with concentrating. And it’s been super busy – including my turn to work the weekend. So a short list. But I’m hoping for some quality bank holiday Monday reading time in the hammock.

Read:

Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac

The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

First in Line by Kate Andersen Brower

Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews

Started:

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Owl be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews

A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear

Still reading:

She-Merchants, Buchaneers and Gentlewomen by Katie Hickman

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stevenson*

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood*

Still not counting.

Bonus photo: unexpected peonies in my garden! We haven’t been here quite a year yet, so this is the first time we’ve seen them. And yes. I know there are weeds in the pavers. It’s on the list…

Three pink peony flowers on a plant in a garden

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