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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 6th November 2019 7:35 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Look Back in Hunger by Jo Brand. This is Jo Brand's autobiography, which came out in 2009. I was in the library taking some books back, didn't intend to get anything out but then I saw this. I was interesting - all about her childhood and how she ended up being a psychiatric nurse, and stops when she gets into comedy.

What I'm Currently Reading
Between the Stops by Sandi Toksvig. She mentioned this on The Last Leg last week. I paused it, looked it up, discovered it sounded interesting and it's on Kobo, so I bought it. It's facts about the areas of London she passes through between home and work, interspersed with stories from her life. Just the sort of thing you'd expect her to write really.

What I'm Reading Next
The Book of the Year 2019 by No Such Thing as a Fish. I've read the previous two books of the year and they were interesting and funny. But they are thick hardbacks, so this time I've gone for an ebook. We'll see if the illustrations come out just as well as on paper.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 25th September 2019 8:05 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. It's been so long since I read His Dark Materials that I'd forgotten about daemons and how they worked, and had to look them up. Which did help me get into it. But I struggled in the second half of the book when it went really out there with the underground waterfall and fairies and other weird stuff. It was just a bit much of a stretch for me. Especially as the bits I like is that it's set in a world like ours but different.

Although the most freaky bit was finishing it Monday night and waking up Tuesday morning to it chucking it down, when the second half of the book involved a lot of rain and a massive flood.

What I'm Currently Reading
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. The ebook version, because the paperback isn't out until next year, the hardback isn't out until next week and is too heavy to read in bed. I'm not very far through but I am enjoying it. I re-read Carry On recently and I'm glad I did because now I remember the important parts.

A Jeeves and Wooster book. It's green. I am struggling a bit with it because they are just all the same. And I looked at my sister's bookshelf the last time I was there and saw how many there are to go.

What I'm Reading Next
I went on a bit of a book-buying spree. Having discovered there was a new Murder Most Unladylike book out, I bought that. And discovered the short books in the series are pretty cheap, so I bought the two I don't have. And I idly looked at my bookshelves and idly wondered if there were any more books in the Hero's Guide series by Christopher Healy and discovered there is another! So I also have that.

Not to mention some more of Mrs Beeton so I can get a bingo in LJ Book Bingo sometime this year.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 21st August 2019 8:43 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
A whole load: I got a Kobo ebook reader so I can buy books on the Kobo site or get books from the library and just press a button the ebook reader and there they are.

Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller.
Despite being a Discovery book it's all about Pike's Enterprise during Discovery's series 1. I liked it. There was a lot in there that fed into series 2. It had a lot of Pike and a lot of Number One and a lot of Spock, what's not to like? (well, see below)

Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack.
The end of The Enterprise War mentioned that this book also had Pike and Spock in it. And it involved an incident that was mentioned in The Enterprise War. But I struggled to finish this one. I didn't like the plot and I disagreed with the characterisation of Pike in it. This book was written before we know some stuff in series 1, but I was fine with the contradictions, but even if the only thing you know about Pike is from The Cage, I just can't see him happily following orders to kill a whole load of civilians on a planet.

The book also involved the Shenzhou, which was weird because I was used to Emperor Georgiou. And it had a lot of Michael and Saru - the two characters I hate most on Discovery. Except that I actually didn't mind Michael in this. I think because her characterisation was consistent throughout and with her later mutiny. And also because she was very Vulcan, which she wasn't enough in Discovery (aside from the very first scene of the first episode, which was the only time I liked her).

Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack.
I wasn't 100% sure about reading this one because I don't like Tilly. But my main problem with Tilly is that it feels like the writers are saying "she's just like the sort of person who likes Star Trek therefore you will like her." Therefore, I hate her. But if I didn't feel like they were doing that, then I could maybe like her. I took a chance on this book because a) I thought Una could make me like her and b) it's set in Tilly's past so she'll be different and less likeable. And it turned out, I did like her in this. If I never watch another episode of Discovery I might continue to like her.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.
This was alright, it was a quick read that required no brain. The only thing that got me about it was the man that the heroine ended up with had to be quite a bit older than her and I can't imagine that her housemates wouldn't bring that up, given the other things they say about men. And yet they didn't. And it doesn't say how old he is - I looked back to when he was introduced and there's not much of a description at all.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey.
I wasn't too sure about this one when I started. It's about a murder at a magical school. Although the school is a lot like an ordinary American high school. The main character is a private detective, who is not magical, but investigates. It took me a while to get used to the characters, including the main one, but once I did I really got into it and enjoyed it. I had no idea who the murderer was, or why, until just before it was revealed.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.
Because I fancied something that didn't take much effort and it was available as a library ebook. And just so easy to borrow.

What I'm Reading Next
Mrs Beeton's Every day Cookbook, so I can finally finish LJ Book Bingo.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 7th August 2019 8:16 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Straight Outta Crawley by Romesh Ranganathan. This is his autobiography. I really enjoyed it. He had a way of telling all his embarrassing stories so they were funny. What I found interesting was when he was working at a boring, soul-destroying job he discovered that having a toilet cry helped (it was once he was having to do it regularly that he realised that wasn't sustainable and became a teacher instead). I didn't know the toilet cry was a thing that existed out in the world in general.

What I Am Currently Reading
Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller. I only discovered this existed last week - but then it did only come out last week. Although it's a Discovery book it's all about the Enterprise - Discovery people only get mentioned in it. I decided not to wait to see if the library got round to getting it and bought it. And then spent a whole evening trying to get it on my ebook reader because Adobe Digital Editions decided it didn't like it for no reason. I have now bought a Kobo, although I am reading this book on my Sony ebook reader. I can't compare them properly until I have the (red) cover for the Kono, but on balance the Sony is a better ebook reader.

What I Am Reading Next
Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey. This was a book mentioned in the podcast Writing Excuses. Their description was basically: murder mystery at a magic school, written for adults. I was sold. And it's finally at my local library, waiting for me to pick it up.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 10th July 2019 8:17 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Dead Trees Give No Shelter by Wil Wheaton. I read this for the horror square in LJ book bingo. It was short, which was good, and the horror part didn't give me nightmares. Having said that, that part that was most horrible was, I suspect, not the part he thought it was, but the very first part when someone is executed for murder (totally legally, because it's set in USA).

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. I read this for the chosen based on the cover square in LJ book bingo. And it turned out to be a good choice because I loved it and got through the whole thing in three days. It's ordinary fiction, albeit with a ghost and the whole thing where only one person can see and hear another is something I love. Also there was an interesting mystery. I already have a hold on another of her books that looks like it has an interesting mystery (and I liked the first three chapters I could read as a sample on the library ebook site).

What I'm Currently Reading
Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by PG Wodehouse. It's Jeeves and Wooster, all pretty standard stuff really. And so far, almost the same plot as the last one I read.

What I'm Reading Next
Mrs Beeton's Every Day Cookery for my last LJ book bingo square! Although since it has 568 pages of small, very densely packed writing, I expect it will take a while.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 26th June 2019 10:03 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Sun and Moon, Ice and Fire by Jessica Day George. I've read her other fairy tale retellings and saw this one and thought I should read it sometime. And then LJ book bingo has a square for fairy tale retellings and my library had this in ebook form. So I read it in about two days. It's based on a Norwegian fairy tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I don't know how much like the original this is, but I really enjoyed it. And learned some Norwegian words.

What I'm Currently Reading
A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin. I started this a while ago and then stopped to read other books, but now I am going to finish it (I have less than 100 pages to go).

What I'm Reading Next
A few books to finish off my LJ book bingo squares:

Dead Trees Give No Shelter by Wil Wheaton for the horror square. I wasn't originally going to do this square because I don't do horror. But it is short, the sample was interesting and the reviews describe it more as a campfire tale. I just need to pick the right time to read it, so it doesn't give me nightmares.

Animal Farm by George Orwell for the banned book square. It's one I've been meaning to re-read for a while because I've only read it once before and don't remember it that well.

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella for the chosen based on the cover square. I can tell you that it's green and there's a modern girl and a 20s girl on the cover, but that's it. I will be reading it once the previous person in the queue has finished with it.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 29th May 2019 8:47 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray. I struggled with this a bit at first because it's different to Jedi Apprentice - they don't have the same friends and they're not comfortable with each other, even though Obi-Wan's the same age as Jedi Apprentice finishes. But once I got used to that then I enjoyed it. I liked that it showed how Qui-Gon came to know about the chosen one prophecy.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It turns out this is the last of Rainbow Rowell's books that I had to read. I can see why everyone goes on about this, it's really good. I especially liked that it never explains Eleanor's home life, you get to find out as you go through the book.

What I'm Currently Reading
Family Secrets: The Things We Tried to Hide by Deborah Cohen. I bought this on Kindle by accident - I had it on my Amazon wish list (which is a list of all the books I mean to read at some point) and it turns out that if you buy a Kindle book you don't go through the usual buying process on Amazon, it just buys it as soon as you click the button. It was on offer at the time, so I thought it wasn't worth 'returning'. I didn't intend to read it. I'd put some fanfic on my ebook reader and read the summary. Then, at the train station I tried to open the same fanfic and it crashed my ebook reader. So I started this instead. It is really interesting - I've read about Indian 'half-caste' children and divorces and their scandals. I'm currently on a chapter about 'idiocy' and how they dealt with disabled children in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. I'm really not very far through this at all. Partly because I realised I don't remember anything from the previous books - it is coming back to me, slowly, but it's making the book hard going to start with. I remember having this problem with the previous book and eventually I got into it, so I'm sure I will with this one too.

What I'm Reading Next
I have plenty to read and I have to take some books back to the library, which pretty much guarantees that 'just having a look to see what's there' will end with me coming home with something.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 8th May 2019 8:07 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens. And I am up-to-date! Until the new one comes out, then I'll be waiting for the library to get it in in e-book form. I enjoyed it, but had no idea who the murderer was. Probably not helped by most of my reading being in bed at night when tired.

What I'm Currently Reading
This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. Adam Kay was on Cats Countdown in dictionary corner and read a bit of this and it was funny. And then I found the library had an e-book of it... and a very long waiting list. It finally came to my turn, so I am two chapters in. It isn't as funny as I thought it was going to be, but it is still amusing some of the things that happen. It's also really thought-provoking when he talks about 97-hour weeks and never getting Christmas off.

A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin. I was halfway through, but stopped for library books. I like that most of the chapters are about characters I like. I dislike the Iron Born and Dorne chapters though, they are hard going.

What I'm Reading Next
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. It's finally out in paperback, so I asked for it for my birthday.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 27th March 2019 8:07 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold by George RR Martin. After finishing series 7 of Games of Thrones I thought it was about time to get back into the books. And I am behind - this is the fourth book. Usually I struggle to get through these - they are wordy and they are big and heavy and it feels like the chapters that bore me are the longest ones. But this one I read in a weekend.

Roswell High: The Outsider by Melinda Metz. This was both strange and interesting. It was strange all the differences between it and the two series (well, what I remember of the Roswell High TV series). Mostly that Max is blonde, which I just can't picture at all. It was interesting to see what Max, Isabel and Michael felt and what they could do. On TV you see Max healing people, but in the book it explains how he manipulates molecules. It was all right, but I don't know that I need to read any more, particularly.

What I'm Currently Reading
A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin. I literally just started this today. It is about 750 pages - 200 pages longer than the last book. So it might take me a bit longer - not least because I don't want to spend another weekend too ill to do much other than read.

What I'm Reading Next
The Chalet School and Cornelia by Katherine Bruce. The thing I love about pre-ordering books is that I forget I order them and then one day I get home to a book in the hall. Which is what happened with this book. It's set in the Tyrol days, so I'm looking forward to it.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 20th February 2019 8:59 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive by Brannon Braga. One of the squares in LJ Book Bingo is graphic novel or comic. I was intending to swap it, but I thought I'd look at the graphic novel section in the library just to see if there was anything interesting, as at least graphic novels are really short. I found this one, which I did not enjoy. The plot was confusing and it was about the Borg which was dull. They had an OC important to the plot who looked just like Beverly Crusher but with slightly differently shaped hair. Plus it's a comic, which I just find hard to read when it's more than just a three square strip.

Sunny Side Up by Susan Calman. It's hard to say what this is about. She meanders a lot, but it's partly about how she's now happy (mainly thanks to Strictly) and how everyone should be more kind. Despite the meandering and hard to explainness, I enjoyed it anyway.

What I'm Currently Reading
Still Dune. Very slowly. It's getting interesting, but hard going. I am half-tempted just to look up a plot summary because I am interested in the mysteries but don't care about any of the characters.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. I am enjoying it, it's an easy read. I definitely wouldn't want to see a TV series or film of it, though, because it's a bit gruesome. I am just glad I skim read descriptions at the best of times. I am liking all the police stuff in it, though, with the added supernatural makes it interesting.

What I'm Reading Next
These will keep me going for a while, but I'd like to read the Roswell High books. Watching Roswell New Mexico is reminding me of the series and I'd like to see how similar both series are to the books.


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Books
Wednesday 30th January 2019 8:16 pm

Reading Wednesday and I've Never Seen Star Wars in one post again.

What I Just Finished Reading
Fanfic. I've had so much marked to read for a while and then in December there were about ~30 SGA Santa fics. And SGA Santa fics tend towards the long. So I've put a load on my ebook reader and am reading through them in alphabetical order.

What I'm Currently Reading
Along with the fanfic, Dune and a Jeeves and Wooster book I can't be bothered to look up the title of, but the cover is green. For Dune I struggled to make it to page 50 - my copy has 561 pages, so I thought I should at least make it a tenth of the way through. But I heard it improves and I wanted to give it a go, but when I'm tired the fanfic and Jeeves & Wooster is so much easier. They have finally made it to Arrakis and it is picking up, so I haven't given up on it yet. Although I think I may have done it the wrong way round and should have watched the film first.

What I'm Reading Next
Rivers of London. Because it's come up a few times recently in different places and it sounds interesting.

I've Never Seen Star Wars January: this was Dune. I might update the score once I've read it some more, but for now it's 4/10.

I've Never Seen Star Wars February: I am going to read Rivers of London for this. Since I'm getting an actual book (rather than an ebook) from the library, I will therefore have to finish it or give up on it three weeks after I get it!

In other book news, I signed up to [info]ljbookbingo. It'll be a little while before I get a line because Dune, assuming I finish it, would qualify for six squares: sci fi, ebook, one word title, made into a movie, a new-to-you author, and a book that is part of a series.


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What I’m Reading Wednesday on a Thursday and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – January
Thursday 17th January 2019 4:05 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Book of the Year 2018 by No Such Thing as a Fish. Having read The Book of the Year 2017 I knew what to expect with this one and it was just as I expected. Interesting, informative and a bit silly. Only trouble is that I've forgotten all the facts I read.

The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. This was a re-read for Redemption, where I volunteered to be on a time travel panel. I knew this one was interesting, but couldn't remember the ending. The first time I read this I wanted to go back and read it again because everything that happens is a clue to the ending. But I didn't. This time I read it carefully and the ending still came as a surprise. It's a good book and throws up some interesting morals about messing with history.

What I'm Currently Reading
Nothing because I just finished those two.

What I'm Reading Next
Dune by Frank Herbert - for I've Never Seen Star Wars. Because I've never read it. I have the film on DVD - it was free - and I've kept it thinking I'll watch it one day. So now I'm going to read the book. Depending on how it goes, I'll try the film once it's been long enough for me to have forgotten the book. Getting hold of this is the reason this post is on a Thursday, rather than a Wednesday.


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