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The Week in Books: January 7 -January 13

Not bad going this week, even if I do say so myself!

Read:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Corporate Bodies by Simon Brett

Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh

A Crafter Knits a Clue by Holly Quinn

A Reconstructed Corpse by Simon Brett

Tikka Chance On Me by Suleikha Snyder

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

A Snapshot of Murder by Frances Brody

Started:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Sicken and So Die by Simon Brett

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

A Well-Behaved Woman by Theresas Anne Fowler

 One e-book bought so not no books, but I’m trying hard!

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The Week in Books: December 31 – January 6

A little bit of belated Christmas reading this week – some of my library holds came in – and a lot of Charles Paris.  I really need to stop just going straight on to the next in the series, because it’s making picking my BotWs very difficult!

Read:

Trust Me On This by Jennifer Crusie

In this Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear

Dead Giveaway by Simon Brett

What Bloody Man Is That by Simon Brett

A Series of Murders by Simon Brett

Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Started:

Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh

A Well-Behaved Woman by Theresas Anne Fowler

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

One book bought, but other than that, not a bad start to the new year!

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The Week in Books: December 24 – December 30

We’re all out of sync because of the End of Year round ups and New Year lookahead, but here’s what I read over Christmas and in the run up to the end of the year.  Coming up tomorrow is the December and end of year stats.

Read:

The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs

Murder in the Title by Simon Brett

Not Dead, Only Resting by Simon Brett

An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear

Fear by Bob Woodward

You Say It First by Susan Mallery

Trust Me On This by Jennifer Crusie

Started:

In this Grave Hour by Jacuqeline Winspear

Dead Giveaway by Simon Brett

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

No books bought.  A minor miracle.  Well given that I got given books for Christmas and haven’t really been shopping, maybe not!

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Revisiting My Big Obsessions of 2017

 

Contemporary Romances

After glomming on Jill Shalvis, Susan Elizabeth Philips and Kristen Higgins in 2017, I’ve continued to expand my contemporary romance horizons in 2018.  I’ve read even more Shalvis, Morgan and Crusie and added Alyssa Cole, Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert to the list.  There no-go tropes are still there – billionaires, biker gangs, secret babies – but there’s plenty that I do like and they make a great way to relax and get away from the stresses of the newsroom after a long day of breaking news.

Crime series

As you’ll see from the 2018 obsessions post tomorrow, I’ve read a whole stack of new crime series this year.   The new Hobson and Choi was a Book of the Week and it’s a bit of a spoiler for my Books of the Year post to tell you how much I liked the new Vinyl Detective book. I’ve also continued to work my way through the Royal Spyness series – which I love, despite the title and the fact that I have to not think too hard about the premise – but some of the other series that I discovered last year have faded a little this year as they’ve got longer and deeper.  I’m not naming names though.

Non fiction

I’ve probably read more non-fiction books this year than any year before.  And yes, a lot of that was preparing for my Washington posting, but I’d already read a fair bit of non-fiction by that point. There was more Mary Roach but also more celebrity memoirs than previously.  I’m continuing to try and expand my world-view and the perspectives that I get on the world through my non-fiction reading and it’s been a lot of fun.  However, I haven’t read a lot of straight up history this year, so I’m hoping to change that a little bit in 2019.

I said in this post last year, that my obsessions tend to be quite consistent – and that I was hoping for something new and random in 2018.  I think I’m still working on similar themes to previous years, but the breadth and variety of my non-fiction reading is helping me from becoming boring in my old age!

 

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The Week in Books: December 17 – December 23

In case you missed it over the weekend, my festive reading post is up and some of the books on this weeks list feature here too.  I’m finished work for Christmas now, but I’ve still got quite a lot to do so who knows what this list will look like next week!  There’s the usual Book of the Week post tomorrow and I’ve got a few more extras scheduled over the Festive period, so I hope you enjoy them in between all the unwrapping and enormous meals!

Read:

Situation Tragedy by Simon Brett

Murder Unprompted by Simon Brett

A Very Country Christmas by Zara Stoneley

An Unseen Attraction by KJ Charles

Christmas with the Sheriff by Victoria James

Campion at Christmas by Margery Allingham

Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear

Antidote to Venom by Freeman Willis Crofts

Started:

Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

One Christmas ebook bought for me and a couple of books as presents for other people – but they don’t count!

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The Week in Books: December 10 – December 16

A really busy week, but still managed to squeeze some reading in – despite a weekend away for work!

Read:

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

A Comedian Dies by Simon Brett

Lark, the Herald Angels Sing by Donna Andrew

The Dead Side of the Mic by Simon Brett

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Started:

Situation Tragedy by Simon Brett

Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear

Antidote to Venom by Freeman Willis Crofts

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

No books bought except gifts for other people.  Points to me!

 

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The Week in Books: December 3 – December 9

So jet lag was really kicking me around a bit this week, and on top of that I was trying to get my head around my “normal” job after nearly three months away.  So I’m quite pleased that the list looks as good as it does!

Read:

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

The Proposal by Jasime Guillory

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver

Rivers of London: Action at a Distance 2 by Ben Aaronovitch et al

Simple Irresistible by Rachel Gibson

Started:

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

No books bought.  Not restraint, just lack of opportunity!