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The Week in Books: November 11 – November 17

Hooo boy what a week.  Three nights away from home at the start of the week on early shifts which were insanely busy with the election, and then another night away at the weekend because I was working – and that work involved a certain Royal Interview which is being much talked about.  All that plus a trip to the cinema (Le Mans 66 aka Ford v Ferrari) and to see some comedy (Dave Gorman). November may not be my month!

Read:

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Shirley Flight, Air Hostess and the Great Bullion Mystery by Judith Dale

Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

Lumberjanes vol 12: Jackalope Springs Eternal by Shannon Waters et al

Gilded Cage by KJ Charles

Started:

Bad to the Bone by Katy Munger

Shirley Flight, Air Hostess and the Congo Rescue by Judith Dale

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

Still reading:

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

One book bought – a kindle daily deal impulse buy in a moment of weakness on Sunday.  It was a week.

Bonus photo: A typically mad cover for a Shirley Flight novel…

Hardback copy of Shirley Flight, Air Hostess in the Great Bullion Mystery

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The Week in Books: November 4 – November 10

A super busy week. Again.  Also I spent Sunday at two concerts, which was amazing, but obviously not reading.  Maybe I’m finally getting my reading and everything else balance sorted out?

Read:

Already Home by Susan Mallery

The Princess Plan by Julia London

Wrapped Up In You by Jill Shalvis

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths

Started:

Shirley Flight, Air Hostess and the Great Bullion Mystery by Judith Dale

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

Still reading:

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Three books – all Girls Own stuff – bought in a moment of weakness. Lovely stuff.

Bonus photo: The stage ahead of Maria Friedman’s concert at the Southbank Centre on Sunday night.

Spotlight on a microphone

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The Week in Books: October 28 – November 3

A really, really busy week – what with an election coming our way in the UK in December and a family wedding to go to (and then recover from!).

Read:

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Lumberjanes Vol 11 by Shannon Watters et al

Died and Gone to Devon by TP Fielden

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser

Started:

Wrapped Up In You by Jill Shalvis

Already Home by Susan Mallery

Still reading:

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

No books bought – no time!

Bonus photo: a rare sighting of me, here I am in my finery at the wedding reception!

 

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The Week in Books: October 21 -October 27

A week of finishing books and starting new ones. I nearly finished the Cormoran Strike on Sunday night, but it’s not exactly bedtime reading and I had to switch to something different last thing to try and avoid nightmares. I know, I’m a big child.

Read:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis

A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton and Vivienne Loret

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Started:

Died and Gone to Devon by TP Fielden

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser

The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Still reading:

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Bonus photo: a cache of books from my childhood, rediscovered in some boxes from my parents’ garage (delivered to me to deal with now we’re in the new house). And yes, I was reading Agatha Christie at the top end of primary school, at the same sort of time I was reading Narnia…

 

 

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The Week in Books: October 14 -October 20

It has been a week. I mean if you live in the UK I’m sure you’re well aware, but for those of you in the rest of the world, let me tell you, it has been a ride.  And I’ve been at work for a lot of it.  Consequently not a lot of reading has happened and I’ve had trouble finding stuff to read that fitted my mood, but a bit of stress-related book-buying has happened.  Tant pis.  On the brightside, I’ve started the Christmas-themed reading, which makes me somewhat better organised than I was last year.  Or better organised *at the moment* at least.

Read:

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

Vacationland by John Hodgman

Started:

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Still reading:

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams

Two books bought. One more pre-order arrived – after some aggressive chasing of a certain multinational mega-company who took my order in June, emailed me last week to say it wasn’t going to dispatch until November and yet had it as available with Prime on their website on release day. Colour me unimpressed.  I like to pre-order books from authors that I really like because it helps them with their publishers.  But I really wish the aforementioned company did their pre-order price guarantee on ebook orders because it would be so much easier all around.

Bonus photo: Sunday night dinner, as prepared by Him Indoors – the dish we call Coq O’ven – because it’s Coq au vin done in the oven.  The recipe is from The Roasting Tin which, along with its two sequels, is in frequent rotation chez nous.

 

A roasting tin with chicken dish

 

 

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The Week in Books: October 7 -October 13

A real mix of reading this week – with everything from graphic novels aimed at middle graders to prize winning translated fiction with romance and Hollywood history in between.

Read:

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

The Castle on Sunset by Shaun Levy

Lumberjanes Vol 10 by Shannon Waters et al

Backstagers Vol 1 by James Tynion IV et al

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Started:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams

Still reading:

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Four books bought, no ebooks.  And one of the books was a book that had been recommended to me earlier in the week and that I then spotted in the charity shop serendipitously, so I can hardly be blamed for that right?

Bonus photo: my first attempt at flower arranging. I need help. Is there a book for that?

badly arranged flowers in a vase...

 

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The Week in Books: September 30 – October 6

I’m really trying hard to ration myself and read Wayward Son nice and slowly.  Really slowly.  Make it last.  This was derailed this week by the arrival of my signed, special edition hardback, which has caused me no end of problems and worries – because I ordered it so long ago it was going to the old house, and Waterstones don’t let you change delivery addresses.  Nightmare.  Luckily our old house and our new one are so close together that we have the same postman and he is a Good Guy.  Phew.

Read:

The Allingham Minibus by Margery Allingham

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood

Asterix in Britain by Goscinny and Uderzo

Asterix and Caesar’s Gift by Goscinny and Uderzo

Lumberjanes Vol 9: On A Roll by Shannon Waters et al

Who Is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Started:

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

Still reading:

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Bonus photo: my lovely copy of Wayward Son.  Isn’t it pretty…

collage of pictures of signed hardcover Wayward Son - with flowery edges, flowery cover under the dustjacket and lovely endbards