Angelic Paranoia

Paranoidangel's Website

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 30th May 2018 9:20 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It's about a bloke who spends his nights reading flagged emails at a company, and after reading two women's emails he falls in love with one of them. Which sounds iffy and the characters know it's iffy and it was better than I expected. But I struggled to distinguish the two women, since we only ever get to know them through their emails. And there was just something about the ending that I didn't like, but I can't put my finger on what.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Prodigal Tongue by Lynne Murphy. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but it's really interesting. It's about the differences between British and American English. But she talks about how complicated things are as there are regional differences and how words go across the Atlantic (and change). And how they've ended up different - not just words, but grammar and pronunciation and there the slang comes from.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. [info]aralias mentioned these books, I found the library had an ebook omnibus of the first three books. Handily I'm enjoying this so I can carry on and read the next two. It's about two girls at a boarding school in the 1930s who have a Detective Society and they're purposely emulating Holmes and Watson. In the first one their teacher is murdered and it's interesting to see how they go about finding the killer.

What I'm Reading Next
Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens, the next one in the series. Also three Chalet School books I got recently from GGBP and a few books I bought in Edinburgh (the money you spend on books doesn't count when you're on holiday).


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 11th April 2018 9:03 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Oi Cat! by Kes Gray & Jim Field. It's my nephew's book, but I really liked the previous two books in the series, Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! so when I was at my sister's recently I read it. And this time my nephew didn't give me a funny look for reading his book. These books are all about what animals sit on based on rhyming (mules sit on stools, storks sit on forks, etc) with a funny twist at the end. Although I must be getting used to them by now because I saw the twist coming on the previous page. I just love all the silly things they come up with for animals to sit on, with accompanying pictures.

The strange thing is that I've just discovered it's available on Kindle. It's a children's book!

Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn. I liked it, but it was all about a small community who looked down on the 'superfluous women' who house shared and had jobs. Even though at the start of the series that's what Daisy and Lucy were doing and no one blinked an eye (except Daisy's mother, but that's a different problem). So it was a bit weird that this was suddenly a thing. And I was surprised to find Tring having retired - I didn't know he was that old. There was a point when it came up that one of the suspects lived in Hazlemere - I've been there! (this is becoming a theme in Daisy books...)

What I'm Currently Reading
Little Men which I had been reading at a chapter a night and then stopped. I am back to reading it before bed again.

Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon. It's a sequel to a book series I previously read, but don't really remember. It keeps referencing those events and some of it is coming back. But so far I am partway through chapter one and nothing has happened yet. Which is mostly why I'm not further through chapter one. I am assuming it will improve, it's just hard work getting there.

What I'm Reading Next
At this rate those two will take a while.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 21st February 2018 8:55 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I got all of the Daisy Dalrymple ebooks the library had, in case I liked them. I did so I've so I've just finished Death at Wentwater Court, The Winter Garden Mystery and The Bloody Tower. The series is set in the 1920s (but written in the modern day) and Daisy has a tendency to fall over dead bodies and be instrumental in solving the murder. Alec is a Scotland Yard DCI who is actually being paid to solve the murder. And fancies Daisy. The third book was number 16 in the series, so all of a sudden they're married with twin babies. Although nothing much changes. That one was set in the Tower of London, which I really need to get round to going to. The second one was set near Chester and I was in/coming back from Chester while I read it. Daisy spent a day in the city and talked about walking the wall and what she'd seen and I can tell you it's accurate, because I'd just done the same thing!

What I'm Currently Reading
Gone West, which is book 20 in the series. No one's died yet, but we've met all the suspects, so the murder must be soon. Since Daisy's gone to stay with an old school friend I don't know how the narrative will get Alex there.

What I'm Reading Next
The county does have nearly all of the remaining Daisy Dalrymple books, although annoyingly none of them my local library, so I will have to pay £1 for each of them. But I think I might be Daisy Dalrympled out by the end of this book. So I'll be going back to Little Men, which I was getting through slowly at a chapter a night.


Categories: Books | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 17th January 2018 8:09 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Little Women. I discovered that actually Little Women + Good Wives should be one book. But in this country it was split into two. I don't know why, but I can see the logic, given that the last paragraph of Little Women is:

So grouped, the curtain falls on Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Whether it ever rises again depends upon the reception given to the first act of the domestic drama, entitled "LITTLE WOMEN".

Which is a paragraph that feels very book-ending.

I like Little Women best out of all four books in the series. It always seems such a shame they have to grow up (well, except Beth). I think the mini-series captured it pretty well in a book and a half. Although the part I remembered the best (no idea why) wasn't in the series: it was Beth sitting on a medicine chest informing Jo about scarlet fever, but it was fine because she'd taken some medicine.

What I'm Currently Reading
Good Wives. I wasn't going to, because I Beth's death is just so hard, but reading Little Women reminded me of all the bits in the first book and then I wanted to read the second to see how similar it was too.

One of the reasons I probably like Little Women and Good Wives is that my books are red - they're little red hardbacks. And I say my books, but they used to be Mum's - I can tell because she wrote her name and class in the front of Good Wives.

What I'm Reading Next
Little Men, very probably. I don't remember it at all really, except for being disappointed it's not as good as Little Women.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 8:24 pm

Trying to get back into the swing of Reading Wednesdays.

What I Just Finished Reading
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A Goodman. I enjoyed the Kirk one that I read last year, so I was excited to read this. And it was good - it was interesting to read about him growing up and his time on the Stargazer. That took up a lot of the book, which was fine because I was enjoying it. But then his time on the Enterprise felt a bit rushed in comparison to the Kirk autobiography. And the ending didn't match up with the books at all. Which I suppose is fine, the books can all exist in parallel universes, but I was disappointed it was different.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Book of the Year by No Such Thing As A Fish. They'd been plugging this book on their podcasts for a while and posting extracts on Twitter, so I was starting to succumb and thinking about buying it. And then a friend bought it for me, which solved all those problems. It's all the little stories of the year, sorted alphabetically. The fact that sticks in my mind at the moment, is that an atmospheric phenomenon was discovered, the public got to name it, so they called it 'Steve'.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably Little Women, because I've been watching the adaptation that was on over Christmas and it's making me want to go back and revisit it, and read all the bits they missed out.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 30th August 2017 8:34 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Knowing the Score: My Family and Our Tennis Story by Judy Murray. Which is all [info]selenay's fault. We were in Foyles, she was looking at cookbooks, the sports section was next to the cookery section, I started reading this book and then decided I couldn't wait for it to come out in paperback. I then read it in a day. It's partly what made me watch her Strictly dances, given that she has a chapter on it. It was really interesting to read how she (and then Jamie & Andy) got into tennis. And how much time and money their training took.

I was really interested to read about the gender divide in tennis. Things are starting to improve, but there are very few female coaches and girl players aren't taken as seriously as boy players. No male players were coached by women, and not many female players were either. I thought nothing of Andy taking on Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, but the reaction in the sport was really awful. A lot of people thought that a woman couldn't coach a man, even though it's the same sport. It was eye-opening.

What got me reading was the first chapter when she talked about Wimbledon when she was a girl. Her parents had it on all the time, the channel only got changed when play had finished, her dad was always home from work on time to watch it, and no food was cooked. Sounds just right to me!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I saw this in Foyles, was intrigued by the title and [info]selenay said it was good, so I got it from the library. And then I spent the long weekend reading it. I really enjoyed it. The author said at the end that she'd read a lot of Harry Potter fanfic and it showed. What amuses me is that during the book the main character is writing a fanfic called "Carry On, Simon", generally abbreviated to "Carry On." So then Rainbow Rowell has written Carry On - it's an actual book. Which I will get round to reading at some point, but before then there are some other books by her that are in my library (rather than the county).

What I'm Currently Reading
The Wave by Morton Rhue. I've been wanting to re-read this for a while, but hadn't got round to looking up the author until I spotted it on a shelf in Foyles or Waterstones. We read it in secondary school - the only book I can remember reading that wasn't a book we were doing for English Lit. My memory of it is that it's about understanding how the Nazis sucked people in and got them to do horrible things. Although my main memory of it is that we had to write another chapter at the end (although I remember thinking it ended at a good point). It was one of only two things I did that my English teacher liked (the other was a ballad we had to write - I wrote it about tennis).

Enigma Tales by Una McCormack. Technically I'm currently reading it, although I only got a few pages in before being distracted by Judy Murray and library books.

What I'm Reading Next
I finally made it to the top of the reserve list for the library ebook of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. It's just annoying that I have to turn my old, slow Windows computer on to download it. And given that I couldn't watch the TV series too late in the evening, I won't even try reading this before bed.

Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman. Because she mentioned it on Twitter and now I have the paperback on reserve from the library (I don't like hardbacks: too big and heavy and hard to read in bed).


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 26th July 2017 9:13 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Millions Like Us: Women's Lives During the Second World War by Virginia Nicholson. Finally! I kept reading it on and off so it's taken me ages to get through it. It's quite long and it's hard going reading about the awful things some of these women dealt with.

Even after the war things were quite hard. Some women were happy to go back to being housewives... except that rationing got worse and they spent their time queueing for food when there wasn't enough for everyone in the queue. Other women had opportunities opened to them, but then got married and had a baby and then found they were trapped in their lives as mothers. Two of them used to spent their days drinking whisky round one of them's houses while their children played!

What I'm Currently Reading
The Mill Girls by Tracy Johnson. I found this in The Works for £2 and decided to read it next on the basis that it was short. It's a collection of four stories of women who worked in the cotton mills in Lancashire. I've read three of them so far and although they're quite similar in that their families were poor and the women went out to work at 14, they have different attitudes to the mills. Although it's interesting that what they had in common is that when they enjoyed it, it was because they were working with other women their age that they had things in common with.

What I'm Reading Next
I don't know. It depends on what I fancy reading after I finish this book.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 14th June 2017 8:41 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Chalet School and Rosalie, and Trials for the Chalet School by Elinor M Brent-Dyer. These are both books I've read before, but I don't own, so haven't re-read. Or in the case of Trials, have only read the paperback with big cuts. I was really tired and didn't have a brain, so I looked at my to read shelf and thought this was the situation Chalet School books were perfect for. And they were. My only trouble was with Trials because it was very heavily Mary-Lou and I can only take her in small doses.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us: Women's Lives During the Second World War by Virginia Nicholson. Iv'e been reading this on and off for a while. But it is at least up to VE and VJ Day, so while it's not all rosy, at least no one's finding bits of people who have been blown up in the blitz. It was interesting reading about the 1945 election while the election was going on here.

One particular interesting bit is about Nina Mabey, who had joined the Labour Club, while at Oxford university:

'Our duty was to make sure, when the war ended, that a new, happier, more generous society would take the place of the bad, old, selfish one.' And this was the line she had argued, vehemently, one evening in 1944, with another undergraduate in her year-group who, she discovered, was steering an opposite course by joining the Conservatives. The young woman in question was chemistry student Margaret Roberts, later to become Margaret Thatcher. [...] How on earth could one want to be associated with such a stuffy institution as the Conservative Club, when the Labour affiliates were all so much more fun? All the really interesting people were members.

"Margaret smiled, her pretty china doll's smile. Of course, she admitted, the Labour Club was, just at the moment, more fashionable - a deadly word that immediately reduced my pretensions - but that, in a way, unintentionally suited her purposes. Unlike me, she was not 'playing' at politics. She meant to get into Parliament and there was more chance of being noticed in the Conservative Club just because some of the members were a bit stodgy."

Sisters at the Chalet School by Amy Fletcher. What's been interesting about this one, for me, is that it's set in 1944. There's a moment towards the beginning of the book when one character mentions how they're glad bread isn't rationed. And I'd recently been reading about the shortages in the shops in 1945 and how bread began to be rationed in 1946.

What I'm Reading Next
Given that I've still got 100 pages of Millions Like Us to go, I think it'll be a while before I have to answer that question.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday – Australian Open
Wednesday 18th January 2017 7:00 pm

I am excited about the Australian Open. it feels like the tennis season has really started now. But what's made me particularly excited is that I bought a digital radio, so I can listen to the evening session on 5 Live Sports Extra in the mornings at work. As much as it's good that The Tennis Podcast is doing daily episodes, it's not as exciting as listening to it at the time when no one knows who is going to win.

What I Just Finished Reading
Into Exile, A Proper Place and Hostages to Fortune by Joan Lingard. These are the Kevin and Sadie stories set after they leave Belfast in Across the Barricades. I read them in a weekend, which tells you how much I liked them (plus how short they were...).

It was interesting to see how they were surviving on their own in England and how the pressure from their families, and their lack of money and stability affected them and their relationship. I was rooting for them to stay together, but it could have easily gone another way at quite a few points.

This is set in the 1970s when it was written, so it was also interesting to see that time, where telegrams were the best way of getting a message to someone quickly, for example. And Sadie does all of the cooking and housework, despite them both having jobs (at least to start with, until she complains at Kevin about it).

The thing I struggled with was that I found it hard to relate to because they get married between books 2 & 3 when Sadie is 17 and Kevin is 19 (I think). I can't imagine being married at that age.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Twelfth of July by Joan Lingard. I decided to leave the first book until last, to see how they first met. I am rationing myself with this one, to make it last. So far it's interesting, but since Sadie's only 13, there's not going to be romance in it. But there is more of the religious troubles and fighting and bits that I liked in Across the Barricades.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm trying to resist re-reading Across the Barricades. I discovered there's a trilogy of Librarians books, although only the first is out. It's $21 for the hardback on amazon.com or £22 for the hardback on amazon.co.uk. So that's not a rip-off at all... Not that the paperback is out yet, but it's £8, which is a bit steep for a book, even a new one.


Categories: Books, Sport : , | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 21st December 2016 6:29 pm

Today is actually Wednesday - I spent yesterday being convinced it was Wednesday. And yet it feels like it ought to be the end of the week next week. This week is going on forever.

What I Just Finished Reading
Juniors of the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. This is set during Princess, which I did know before I read it, I just didn't care. I saved it for a train journey and it was just perfect for it. Overall I really enjoyed it. I had a few niggles about some of the Juniors turning out to be 11 and 12 and treated like babies, and the long description of the end of term masque, but since they were exactly what EBD would have written, that's fine. I just liked a new story with the school when it was still small and before Madge got married. And I like how the GGBP books explain at the end why they made certain choices they did. Needless to say, I've never noticed any problems with Princess that were pointed out.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson. It's about the role of women during WWII. I've talked about it before because I've been reading it on and off for a while. It is interesting, but not great bedtime reading when it's about bombs and injuries and fear of a German invasion.

What I'm Reading Next
I have absolutely no idea. Partly because I'm behind on SGA Santa and Public Call reading and then there'll be a lot of Yuletide reading, so books might take a bit of a back seat to fanfic for a while.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:43 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
After Atlas by Emma Newman. I took a while to get into this. It was a sequel to Planetfall, which was set entirely on a colony. This one is set 40 years after the ship went off to the colony and starts off only tangentially related. I wasn't too keen about the future Earth that was depicted either. It was a logical future, just not one I liked much. But then I got into the murder mystery and stopped worrying about how it tied into Planetfall and all the future tech and restrictions. Then I finished the second half in a day (whereas I'd been reading the first half at a chapter a day).

What I'm Currently Reading
The Avengers: The Comic Strips. I think I got this because it was not much more than subscribing to just the two box sets. It's s reprint of the Diana comic strips the audios are based on and some bare bones interviews that were pretty much covered in the behind the scenes CD.

I'm saving the ones from the second box set until I've listened to it. Generally, though, I don't think much of the comic strips. The text is really small, I can't always work out what order to read the speech bubbles is, I can't always work out what order to read the boxes in and it bugs me that it refers to Steed & Peel as 'The Avengers'. I know it's called The Avengers, but they are not avengers. So I found it weird and offputting.

What I'm Reading Next
Juniors of the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. I know this is an Austrian-era book, which is all I need to know to be excited about reading it.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

Names are important
Monday 12th December 2016 8:25 pm

This is the post that I haven't had time to write, but have been reminded about by The Librarians and reading a whole lot of Stargate Atlantis fic for SGA Secret Santa.

Names are important. What names people use to call each other, more so. This was interesting when I was in LOTR fandom and read and wrote Aragorn, aka man of many names. For the first two years of his life he is Aragorn. For the next eighteen he is Estel. After that it all gets a lot more complicated. Read more...


Categories: Books, TV : , , , , , | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 16th November 2016 7:00 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold. I know everyone else has read it, but I was waiting for it to come out in paperback, which is just has. It wasn't terrible and once I got halfway through I read the rest in one sitting. But nothing happened in it. It improved once Miles turned up, but I like Cordelia perfectly well on her own and Vorkosigan books don't need Miles to make me happy. And the other big thing I had a problem with was Oliver Jole suddenly appearing, but having known the Vorkosigans for years... yet has never been mentioned. I know we were only getting Miles' point of view then and he wasn't important to Miles, but it still felt like he was being parachuted in. But having only realised recently (but before reading this book) that Sergyar was the planet Aral and Cordelia met, reading this one really made me want to read...

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. So I did. It was good. I accidentally read the whole thing in one morning. And since my copy of it is in the Cordelia's Honor omnibus I told myself I wasn't going to then carry on and read...

What I'm Currently Reading
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold. Boy did I fail there. At first I thought I'd just read the beginning. And now I'm halfway through. Fortunately reading other Vorkosigan books requires me to go and get one off a bookshelf.

What I'm Reading Next
After Atlas by Emma Newman. This is a sequel to Planetfall, that I read a couple of months ago. I knew nothing about this until I read the back and it sounds interesting. Part of me isn't 100% sure about the idea of a sequel, because Planetfall worked fine on its own. But I really liked the writing and I'm interested to see what new mystery is in this book.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 20th October 2016 11:11 am

What I Just Finished Reading
Peter Davison's autobiography: Is There Life Outside the Box?. It wasn't just about his time on Doctor Who, which was good because that would have been boring - which he agrees with at the beginning, talking about writing the book. It was interesting, hearing about his life and jobs he did and how and why they came about. There was an amusing bit when he met the real-life Siegfried and Tristan for tea and there was an incident that was just like how they were in the books and the TV series. It says everything about how little I read description that he mentioned that the books describe Tristan as being short and dark (like his real-life counterpart). I had no idea...

What I'm Currently Reading
The Sadlers Wells books, backwards. I started because I was tired and wanted to read something easy and since I've read the late books less often, I started at the end. I'm halfway through and it's getting a bit samey now. It's a pity it's not in the Yuletide tag set, as I'd be all set for writing it!

What I'm Reading Next
Swim, Bike, Run by Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. I like autobiographies and I'm not quite over the summer of sport yet. Or the summer yet. Even the tennis season has nearly finished and they stop for less than two months!


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 28th September 2016 7:00 pm

It's been a while since I did one of these too...

What I Just Finished Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. I really enjoyed it. There was a secret that gradually came out and although I guessed some of it (okay, maybe sometimes only a page in advance) some of it completely surprised me. I really liked her writing so I went to look at some of her other books, since I didn't know anything about what else she's written. I discovered that another book in the same universe is out soon, so I am looking forward to that. I am less excited about the Split Worlds series, though, because it's fantasy and about fairies and doesn't really sound like my sort of thing.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. This is space opera without the military, which is exactly the sort of thing I've been wanting to read. From the title I thought it was going to be sillier than it was, so I spent the first part of the book being disappointed that it was so serious. But after a while I got into it and really enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the world was interesting. I got excited about the sequel being out next month until I discovered that's the hardback, the paperback's not out until April.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson. As the tag line says, this is about women's lives during WWII. I'm not far in it enough to say how good it is - it's written chronologically through the war and so far it's only just been declared.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably some fiction, since the above non-fiction book is quite a big book, and non-fiction takes longer to read than fiction.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 7th September 2016 7:05 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I went to the library to take some books back and as I have plenty to read I didn't look on the shelves. Except then Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin called to me from the biography shelf (which is just behind the machines for checking out/taking back books).

It is a hardback, which makes it hard to read in bed. It was alternating chapters of Nadal and then John Carlin explaining some bits. It was really interesting. Although it was interesting to hear about his life, what was most interesting was him saying how he thought and felt at various points in the 2008 Wimbledon final (which he won vs Federer) and 2010 US final (which he won vs Djokovic). I've never seen/heard/read that level of insight anywhere.

Although the book is now out of date - it was talking about how Nadal had won all four Grand Slams and was number one and how Djokovic was good and was starting to challenge the Federer/Nadal positions...

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. Which I have at least started this time. I am enjoying it so far. There's clearly something interesting that happened at planetfall and we're getting it in bits and pieces. So I'm hoping it'll all make sense by the end of the book.

What I'm Reading Next
Hopefully something from my to read shelf and not another library book...


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 31st August 2016 7:00 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue The Best of Forty Years which was a result of me going round the non-fiction shelves in the library (which I don't usually, when I'm looking for something to read). It was a compilation of answers to some of the non-word based games. And a few of the introductions to places where they recorded. It was funny, of course, but some of the games (like late arrivals at the ball) were just too hard when I was tired. Although at least that told me I needed to put the book down and go to sleep.

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman At Nine Worlds I went to a panel which the author was on. She talked about this book being about a character with a psychological illness being a 3D printer engineer on a new colony world. It sounded interesting, so I thought I'd try it. I can't say what it's like as all I've read so far are the acknowledgements, since I've only just finished the ISIHAC book.

What I'm Reading Next
Something in my big pile of books that need reading (or filing). It'll probably be The Chalet School and Rosalie by Elinor M Brent-Dyer, since I got round to buying it from GGBP recently.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 4th August 2016 7:56 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack. I liked that not getting round to buying it for a while meant that it was in paperback. So did Missy, who tore a strip off the spine... I actually started reading it a while ago and struggled until I realised I just wasn't in the mood for reading fiction, let alone Doctor Who fiction. I restarted it with a bit of trepidation, but then read the whole thing in two days. It would have been one day if I'd started it earlier in the day. Given that it says it's the Glamour Chronicles makes me think it's part of a set where the Doctor and Clara are dealing with Glamour, but the adverts for other books in the back don't mention it and I don't particularly feel the need to seek out any others.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (ish). I actually didn't want to read this because everyone was talking about it/reading it/going to see it. It's the same reason why there were four books out and a film about to come out by the time I read any of the Harry Potter books. But then I went to Tesco to go the chemist yesterday and it was there and I remembered that I'd liked Harry Potter despite everyone liking it and bought it. I read it in two days as well, although mainly because I was awake stupidly early this morning and it was easy reading. I actually liked the script format - the stage directions were interesting and I could imagine how it would look on stage.

On the whole, though, I didn't like it that much. My trouble with Harry Potter is that I like the whole magical boarding school bit and don't care about any of the other bits. Including having a massive problem with one house being 'evil'. Which meant my favourite book was the first and this one was not like the first. Despite there being a lot of stuff I wasn't interested in and some stuff I actively hated, and it feeling incredibly derivative and a way to make a cheap buck, I did enjoy going back into the Harry Potter world. And I can imagine that it would look really good on the stage.

What I'm Currently Reading
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. It's a short story collection and I'm only about two stories in. It's good when I get into it but I just don't feel like reading it at the moment. I don't know what else I feel like reading, off my to read pile, so I'm persevering with it on occasions.

What I'm Reading Next
Leonard: My Fifty Year Friendship by William Shatner (ish). I found out about this book on BBC News. We have a telly up at work in reception and I can see it from my desk. But we don't have the sound on or subtitles on. So I worked out there was something about William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and then had to go and search the BBC News website to find out what it was. And then I forgot about it until I was thinking about what ebooks to read at Nine Worlds (since it's easier to read them in bed and not wake your roommate up with the light) and I remembered this one. My county library ebook collection is very good for biography and autobiography (not so great for anything else) and it turned out they had this one. So I'll be reading it at Nine Worlds.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 15th June 2016 7:35 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables was just as good as I remembered. Although partway through I remembered that Matthew died, but then convinced myself it wasn't in this book. It was heartbreaking when he died. I was working through the season 1 vlogs of Green Gables Fables at the time, so he then died on that a few days later.

After getting through the season 2 vlogs in a very short space of time, I got curious about what they'd changed from the second and third books. Handily they were on Gutenberg, so I stuck them on my ebook reader. They aren't as good as the first book, but it has been interesting to see what the original events that Green Gables Fables then did.

What I'm Currently Reading
Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery. See above.

Not so much reading, more dipping in and out of: Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling And Other Forgotten Sports by Edward Brooke-Hitching. This was mentioned in the QI podcast and sounded so interesting I bought myself a copy. So far I've read about ski ballet and centrifugal bowling. There's a contents page at the start which lists the sports and when I pick it up I read the ones that sound interesting.

What I'm Reading Next
Joey and Co in Tirol by Elinor M Brent-Dyer. I am so excited about this. I've read it once, but never since and don't remember anything that happened in it. It's so hard to get hold of at a decent price, but then GGBP re-published it and it arrived this week.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 26th May 2016 6:06 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Bettanys on the Home Front by Helen Barber. Despite being set when Madge is 14 and Joey is 2, it's a lot like a Chalet School story. There's WWI in the background, but otherwise it's a story of Madge getting into trouble (well, she is a middle...) and setting up a different sort of tennis tournament. It was fun and I liked it - I miss Madge in the Swiss books.

Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard. I really liked this one - to the point where I'm considering getting hold of the rest in the series. It was very easy reading and I got through it in a couple of days. It's really interesting NI background and how their families and friends react to a Protestant girl and Catholic boy getting together.

The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai. This was interesting because it's a true story. It's about a boy (and to a lesser extent, his older sister), who live in a village in India and their father is a drunk and mother is ill, so they have no money. It's interesting to read about how they live and how he reacts to the city, when he goes to Bombay to try and make some money. I found it a bit hard going, though, because of the descriptions. It was probably the sort of thing that would set the scene, but I just lose interest after a paragraph.

What I'm Currently Reading
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. It's all [info]lilalanor's fault for introducing me to Green Gables Fables. It's a modern re-telling through vlogs and social media accounts. Although since there are two seasons and I'm only a third of the way through season one on the vlogs, I haven't looked at the social media accounts. Although I've read all the books, I don't remember them, so it made me really want to re-read Anne of. The other books I did own (bought at $1 a time when I visited [info]hhertzof and somehow managed to fit in my suitable) but I didn't like those as much, as I gave them away and don't particularly feel a need to re-read them (which is just as well, really).

What I'm Reading Next
I ought to go back to In the Family Way by Jane Robinson given that I haven't read any of it since I last did a reading post. But I also have books that I need to read and then get rid of, so one of those might be first, once I remind myself what's in the crate.


Categories: Books : | | Comments are off for this post | Link

PA Site created by Paranoidangel
Powered by WordPress