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The Week In Books: July 16 – July 22

Not actually a bad week’s work in reading to be honest – I would be pleased with myself except that the Long Running list is getting a little bit too long and feels sort of out of control.  That’s the next target: to sort that out a bit!

Read:

Plaster Sinners by Colin Watson

The Case of the Missing Treasure by Robin Stevens

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Slay in your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian

Rivers of London: Water Weed 2 by Ben Aaronovitch et al

Wyrd Sisters: The Play by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs

Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren

Started:

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehesi Coates

Mrs Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia McNeal

If Only They Didn’t Speak English by Jon Sopel

Still reading:

The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

The Templars by Dan Jones

Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

Three ebooks bought.  Positively restrained for me…

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The Week In Books: July 9 – July 15

A fairly steady week all in – and given that I was working all weekend, I’m quite pleased with what I got read.

Read:

Lord Rayven’s Revenge by Trisha Ashley

Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu

The Milliner’s Hat Mystery by Basil Thomson

Elizabeth’s Lists by Lullah Ellender

Lumberjanes Vol 7 by Shannon Waters, Noelle Stevenson et al

A Murder is Arranged by Basil Thomson

In Pursuit of… by Courtney Milan

Started:

Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren

Plaster Sinners by Colin Watson

Still reading:

The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

The Templars by Dan Jones

Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Slay in your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

Three ebooks bought and three book-books.  A touch naughty to be honest!

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The Week In Books: July 2 – July 8

In case you can’t tell from the length of the list, I was on holiday last week!  And although we did a bit more sightseeing than usual for a beach holiday which meant a bit less reading time, I still managed a fairly good total.  All in all it was a marvellous holiday – I thoroughly recommend Croatia, especially while they’re on a World Cup run! And if you missed it you’ve already read about one of my books I read last week coz in a bit of a cheaty move, I made The Kiss Quotient last week’s BotW.  All that heat clearly went to my head…

Read:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Dartmoor Enigma by Basil Thomson

Beneath This Mask by Meaghan March

Love Under Contract by Dean Hodel

An Unfinished Murder by Ann Granger

Strictly Business by Sheryl Nantus

O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

Who Killed Stella Pomeroy? by Basil Thomson

Emperor Mollusc vs The Sinister Brain by A Lee Martinez

Beaches in Paradise by Kathi Daley

Lumberjanes Vol 6 by Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson et al

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli

Started:

Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys

The Milliner’s Hat Mystery by Basil Thomson

Lord Rayven’s Revenge by Trisha Ashley

Still reading:

The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

The Templars by Dan Jones

Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Slay in your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Four ebooks and one book bought.  And the three of the ebooks were the Thomson books on this list because I’m reading them one after the other…

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The Week In Books: June 25 – July 1

Some familiar names on this week’s list – which poses some problems for a BotW post…

Read:

Richardson Scores again by Basil Thomson

The Case of Naomi Clynes by Basil Thomson

Blue Murder by Colin Watson

N is for Noose by Sue Grafton

Seared by Suleika Snyder

The Case of the Dead Diplomat by Basil Thomson

Started:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

Still reading:

The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

The Templars by Dan Jones

Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Slay in your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Two ebooks and one book bought.

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June Stats

New books read this month:  24*

Books from the to-read pile: 9

Ebooks read: 15

Books from the Library book pile: 0

Non-fiction books: 1

#ReadHarder categories completed: 8

Pop Sugar categories completed: 12

Most read author: Basil Thomson  – three (and a bit) Inpector Richardson mysteries ( runners up Colin Watson with 2 more Flaxborough books and 2 more of Sue Grafton’s Kindey Millhone Books.

Books read this year:  181

Books bought:  1(2 books and 7 ebooks)

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 567 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

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

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The Week In Books: June 18 – June 24

This is more like it! A couple of late shifts last week and the train journeys mean the reading list is looking pretty normal.  In case you missed it, there was a bonus post last week – check out my Books to read while the World Cup is on and if you’re about to go on holiday, don’t forget my Beach reading picks either.

Read:

M is for Malice by Sue Grafton

Gender Games by Juno Dawson

A Presumption of Death by Jill Paton Walsh and Dorothy L Sayers

Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern

Picked Off by Linda Lovely

The Bashful Bride by Vanessa Riley

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Rivers of London Water Weed 1 by Ben Aaronovitch et al

Started:

N is for Noose by Sue Grafton

Richardson Scores again by Basil Thomson

Still reading:

The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

The Templars by Dan Jones

Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Slay in your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Two ebooks bought, and a small stack of comics and graphic novels…

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Recommendsday: Books to read while the football is on

The World Cup is well underway and although I do like football, I know that there are a lot of people out there for whom two or three matches a day is far too many and will be heartily fed up of the tv schedules being disrupted for 22 men running around after a ball.  And so to help out I’ve got a selection of books for you to read while you’re avoiding the football (or sat on the couch with it on in the background).

I’m going to start off with a sports romance because just because you don’t like football doesn’t mean you don’t like all sports and sometimes you need a sporty hero or heroine can really hit the spot.  I read a lot of winter-sport themed romances in the run up to the Winter Olympics in the hope of writing a post about them, but there weren’t enough that I liked enough to recommend and so it’s the other type of football that I’m going for here.  You may remember that I went on a Susan Elizabeth Philips kick last year and her Chicago Stars series, about an American Football franchise are a lot of fun.  Depending on what your romance genre favourites are, the best fit in the series will be different, but I think mine is Natural Born Charmer which starts with a feisty artist encountering a star quarterback while she’s dressed in a beaver costume.  It’s fun, sparky and flirty.  And if that doesn’t sound like your sort of thing, try Match Me If You Can, which was a BotW last summer.

Hardback edition of The Gender Games

Fed up with laddy banter and jocks?  Try reading Juno Dawson’s The Gender Games to get some facts in your arsenal about toxic masculinity and how everyone – not just transgender people – are having a number done on them by gender.  You might remember that her latest novel Clean was a BotW a few weeks back, but this is nonfiction – part memoir of her own journey to realising who she is and part examination of our society today and its attitude towards gender and gender roles.  I learnt a lot from it and I know I’m going to be lending it and recommending it to people who want to expand the voices and viewpoints they’re hearing – but while the World Cup is on, it’ll also provide you with some handy ammunition next time someone on twitter moans about women commentators or pundits having no place at the tournament…

Cover of Murder in the Telephone Exchange

Want to get completely away from sports?  I can do that for you too. Perhaps some old-school crime fiction might be the thing.  I read June Wright’s Murder in the Telephone Exchange a few weeks back and was absolutely swept up in the world the phone operators in late 1940s Australia.  When Maggie finds one of her unpopular colleagues with her head smashed in, she finds herself drawn into the mystery – not just because she was the person who found the body, but because she’s not sure that the police are on the right track. But soon the danger is increasing and someone else turns up dead.  If you like Phryne Fisher, then this might scratch that itch while you wait for a new book (and we’ve been waiting a while now) or the much promised feature film.  This was a best seller in Australia when it first came out in 1948 and I can totally see why.  I was astonished – and annoyed – that it hadn’t come my way sooner.

The cover of Richardsons First Case

Or you could pick a new series to glom on.  I’m currently working my way through Colin Watson’s Flaxborough series – which are the sort of gentle murder mystery books that these days would be called cozies.  They were written from the late 1950s through to the 1970s, have been a bit forgotten and are in the process of being republished.  The first one – Coffin, Scarcely Used – is only 99p on Kindle at the moment, so that’s got to be worth a punt.  Or I read the first in the Inspector Richardson series a couple of weeks back.  Published in the 1930s, their author, Basil Thomson, was the head of CID at New Scotland Yard for eight years, so the insight into police life may be assumed to be fairly accurate!  The first one – the imaginatively named Richardson’s First Case is also 99p on Kindle at the moment – and so are the rest of the series.  I have book two cued up and ready to go.

The cover of The Wedding Date

How about a non-sports romance? How does a fake relationship that might actually turn into the real thing sound?  In Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date, Drew and Alexa meet when they’re trapped in a lift together during a power cut.  He needs a date for his ex’s wedding and she agrees to do it.  But when that actually turns out to be a fun weekend they wonder if they should carry on seeing each other.  The only trouble is, his job is in LA and her job is in Berkley.  Alexa is a feisty heroine with a great career, that she’s passionate about and Drew is a caring hero, who is also passionate about his job. AND they get to find romance without compromising who they are in themselves. I liked this so much I’ve already got Guillory’s next book preordered.  This one is £1.99 on Kindle and Kobo at the moment.

Paperback copy of Children of Blood and Bone

If you really want a change of scene, how about Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone.  This is the first in a YA trilogy (I think) and the film is already in development by the people who brought you Twilight and Maze Runner.  Set in a west-African inspired world where magic seems to have been destroyed, it follows a teenage girl who has the chance to bring it back and the crown prince who is determined to stop her.  It’s fast, furious and so, so filled with terror that I found it really hard to read.  This is not my genre and I had to take a lot of breaks because it’s so filled with peril.  But if you want to get swept away to another world, this lives up to all the hype.  But – be warned – if you love it, you’re going to have to wait until next year for the sequel – and until 2020 for the conclusion…

And finally if you do want something football-y but not quite – you could join me as I reread Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals.  I don’t think I’ve read this since it came out, so I’m planning to borrow the copy from dad so I can revisit the world of the Ankh-Morpork football.  I may even treat myself to the audiobook so that I can listen to Stephen Briggs do all the voices as I trot around the park.  Luckily the hardback version of this with the lovely illustrated cloth covers doesn’t seem to be out yet, because I am valiantly resisting starting buying them as we all know that once I get one, I’ll end up with the lot…

Happy Reading!