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The Week in Books: October 11 – October 17

Did I finish all the books I had on the go from last week? No. Did I make progress on them? Yes. Did I spent a weekend in London doing activities rather than on my sofa reading? Absolutely. I regret nothing. I’ve absolutely had a blast.

Read:

A Time to Die by Hilda Lawrence*

Death on the Downs by Simon Brett

Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson

The Visit by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

Started:

The Torso in the Town by Simon Brett

Still reading:

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman*

Index, A History of the by Dennis Duncan*

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne*

Pirate King by Laurie R King

One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley*

Four actual books because I went into many bookshops and ended up buying stuff in the British Library shop, Skoob books and Foyles. And a few ebooks as well earlier in the week. What can I say. I just can’t help myself.

Bonus photo: one of the real life things I did was the Paddington exhibition at the British Library which I thoroughly thoroughly recommend. And the theatre was good too.

A model Paddington sitting outside the door to Windsor gardens

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The Week in Books: October 4 – October 10

Am I making progress at finishing the books I started on holiday? Well sort of, but not in anyway you can tell from this post. Is it stopping me starting other new stuff? Absolutely not. Is the list of books on the go getting out of hand? Just a touch. Did I also end up listening to sections of audiobooks I’ve listened to many times before? Yes absolutely (Gaudy Night, Crocodile on the Sandbank, Busman’s Honeymoon). Welcome to my (reading) life. 

Read:

V for Vengence by Sue Grafton

Death of a Tin God by George Bellairs*

The Littlest Guide by C R Mansell

The Body on the Beach by Simon Brett

Lila by Naima Coster

Started:

One More Christmas at the Castle by Trisha Ashley*

A Time to Die by Hilda Lawrence*

Still reading:

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman*

Index, A History of the by Dennis Duncan*

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne*

Pirate King by Laurie R King

Bonus photo: I’m attempting to develop green fingers. I’m having mixed success, but have a picture of my downstairs window sill, where I’m attempting to sprout (is that the right word?) a baby spider plant from Cecil the Spider Plant, and an aloe vera that I’ve managed to keep alive for long enough that I’ve just ordered a fancy pot for it to live in – which is tempting fate to an extraordinary degree.

A baby spiderplant in water and a small aloe vera plant on a window sill.

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The Week in Books: September 27 – October 3

Another busy week in reading and “real” life too. Some interesting stuff read here – and less progress on some of the books that I started on holiday than maybe there should have been. That can be a goal for this week. In case you missed it, the September stats are here and Mini Reviews are coming up on Wednesday.

Read:

Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L Sayers

The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow*

The Visitor by Dodai Stewart

Say You’ll Stay by Susan Mallery

Hacked by Duncan MacMaster

Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger

Speed Grieving by Allison Ellis

Started:

V for Vengence by Sue Grafton

Pirate King by Laurie R King

Still reading:

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman*

Index, A History of the by Dennis Duncan*

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne*

Bonus photo: After last week’s photos from our holiday, today I’m going for some autumnal Britain – this is somewhere you’ve seen before here – as the leaves start to change and with a slightly stormy sky.

A small river/large stream and surrounding trees and fields

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September Stats

Books read this month: 30*

New books: 26

Re-reads: 4 (3 audiobooks)

Books from the to-read pile: 3

NetGalley books read: 6

Kindle Unlimited read: 9

Ebooks: 5

Library books: 3 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 3

Non-fiction books: 3

Favourite book this month: Traitor King I think

Most read author: George Bellairs… again!

Books bought: 5 ebooks, 3 real books

Books read in 2020: 296

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 611

A fairly steady month in reading. I’ve fallen behind on adding reviews to my goodreads so my first target for October is to catch up with that. And my next is to try and read some more books from the to read shelf. I’ve done quite well on the NetGalley front this month, so I want to keep that going, but also try and make some progress towards getting that bookcase spread in my journal filled up…

Is my bonus picture another one from my holiday? Why yes. And I’m not sorry about it. It’s the most exciting thing I’ve done in months!

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (7 this month)

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The Week in Books: September 20 – September 26

So, for the first time in 18 months we’ve been abroad on holiday! And it was lovely.  A week in Mallorca, enjoying some sun and relaxing and just generally not being in our house. And it meant plenty of time for reading. And no, this list isn’t quite as long as some holiday reading lists that I have previously had, but I had to wrestle the kindle off Him Indoors (who is reading some of the Amelia Peabody novels that we can’t get on audiobook in the UK) and that meant a bit of stopping and starting because the Kindle didn’t like the hotel wifi and so I couldn’t sync it to the iPad. First world problems… And I also read quite a bit of non fiction and that takes me longer than fiction does. There are a few on here that you’ll be hearing about – probably in the end of month mini reviews at the end of next week, but I reserve the right to change my mind and do a separate post after all!

Read:

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters

Traitor King by Andrew Lownie

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz*

The Christmas Wedding Guest by Susan Mallery*

Peter Cabot Gets Lost by Cat Sebastian 

All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews*

Peril in Paris by Katherine Woodfine

Death in High Provence by George Bellairs

Murder Most Foul by Donna Andrews

Started:

Index, A History of the by Dennis Duncan*

Hacked by Duncan MacMaster

Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne*

The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow*

Still reading:

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman*

Bonus photo: So because we’ve been on holiday, it had to be a holiday picture this week. Rather than a boring picture of me, or of the beach and the sea, I’m going for this picture of the path leading down to a particularly nice, quite remote and unspoilt beach on the island that we had a nice time at. I read a couple of hundred pages of Antony Horowitz on this particular beach, but it was just generally lovely to be away.

A path leading to a beach, with bushes and small trees arching over it

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The Week in Books: September 13 – September 19

Lots of interesting reading last week. Not quite sure what I’m going to write about tomorrow yet either!

Read:

Misfits by Michaela Coel*

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

The Cult of We by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell*

Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

Death Treads Softly by George Bellairs

Yes, And by Kristi Coulter

Started:

Traitor King by Andrew Lownie

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman*

Death in High Provence by George Bellairs

Still reading:

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz*

A little Kindle buying spree and a couple of physical books too. But that’s ok. It happens!

Bonus photo: a Tuesday night theatre trip! Only my second show back but it was wonderful on all counts

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The Week in Books: September 6 – September 12

Another busy week (do I have anything but busy weeks these days?) but some interesting reading – some of which I’ve already told you about!

Read:

Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

The God of the Hive by Laurie R King

Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R King

The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton

Before Her by Jacqueline Woodson

Parable by Jess Walter

A Wedding Thing by Shea Serrano with Laramie Serrano

Started:

Misfits by Michaela Coel*

Death Treads Softly by George Bellairs

Still reading:

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz*

The Cult of We by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell*

Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

After last week’s splurge I have been very well behaved and haven’t bought anything else!

Bonus photo: Another day out at the racetrack… this time for British Superbikes

British Superbikes racing

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The Week in Books: August 30 – September 5

This list looks a little deceptive – because all of those Mindy Kalings are Kindle single Essays that form one single collection – there are six in all and two were on last week’s list. I nearly just put them on here once as a whole – but they count individually in the good reads list so it would throw my whole count out for the year (unless I start keeping separate lists, and we all know that’s not going to happen). Lots of time last week spent reading The Cult of We – which is long and non fiction which always takes me longer, even in times when I’m not mostly drawn to reading mystery novels! And just to recap in case you missed it – we had the mini reviews last week, as well as the stats and all the usual stuff.

Read:

Death at Dukes Halt by Derek Farrell

Please Like Me by Mindy Kaling

Help is on the Way by Mindy Kaling

Searching for Coach Taylor by Mindy Kaling

Once Upon a Time in Silver Lake by Mindy Kaling

The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

A Knife for Harry Dodd by George Bellairs

Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

Started:

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

Still reading:

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz*

The God of the Hive by Laurie R King

The Cult of We by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell*

I went into town on Saturday between getting my brows weeded and my hair done and I accidentally bought four books. What a pity…

Bonus photo: The aforementioned book haul…

Four books on a desk

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August Stats

Books read this month: 30*

New books: 26

Re-reads: 4 (3 audiobooks)

Books from the to-read pile: 2

NetGalley books read: 3

Kindle Unlimited read: 18 (!)

Ebooks: 24

Library books: 2 (all ebooks)

Audiobooks: 3

Non-fiction books: 8

Favourite book this month: If we’re not including Gaudy Night which I read once and listened to on audio twice in August, then it’s Battle Royal

Most read author: George Bellairs -an astonishing 7 Inspector Littlejohn books, because when I make something I can colour in I really commit.

Books bought: 5, of which 3 were preorders

Books read in 2020: 265

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf (I don’t have copies of all of these!): 608

So basically this was the month of murder mysteries, and also one where I want a massive binge of one series. Oh and the (latest) Amelia Peabody re-read is still going, even as I’m still trying to hunt down the Barbara Rosenblatt versions of the final few books in audio, which seem to be impossible to come by in the UK. Very frustrating.

Bonus photo is the updated Littlejohn list after this month’s binge!

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics/graphic novels (7 this month – six Mindy Kaling essays and the Gordon Corera Kindle single)

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The Week in Books: August 23 – August 29

We’re nearly at the end of August, so this week there’ll be the usual stuff as well as the monthly stats, and the mini reviews. And in case you missed it last week, I threw in a bonus post for you all ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend. I spent most of my bank holiday weekend watching the world’s best motorbike racers at Silverstone, which probably accounts for the fact that I didn’t realise that I was on such an Inspector Littlejohn streak until I came to put this post together. Whoopsadaisy.

Read:

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers

The Body in the Dumb River by George Bellairs

Murder Will Speak by George Bellairs

Murder of a Quack by George Bellairs

Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

The Illegal by Gordon Correra

Kind of Hindu by Mindy Kaling

Started:

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai

Still reading:

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz*

Death at Dukes Halt by Derek Farrell

The God of the Hive by Laurie R King

The Cult of We by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell*

Bonus photo: It’s pretty much impossible to get a good photo of a motorbike going at speed on a phone. So instead, here is a picture of the GOAT of motorbike racing, Valentino Rossi, on the cool down lap in front of his fan grandstands, complete with a Rossi flag. It’s not great, but I was too busy enjoying the moment (and the weekend to be honest) to get anything better!

Valentino Rossi on the cool down lap

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