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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 5:21 pm

What I Didn't Read
Carry On Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. I've been borrowing the Jeeves and Wooster books from my sister and she told me she had a system where she left a space for the book I had, so when I took one back and borrowed another she'd know what was next. When I got this one she told me she didn't know what was next. I picked this one up, noticed it was a collection of short stories, which therefore must be next because the only collection of short stories I've read was the first book she gave me.

And before I'd finished the first page I realised this was the first one she gave me. I still read the first story, since I'd started it, but not the rest.

What I Just Finished Reading
It's Not Me, It's You! by Jon Richardson. This is all about why he can't get a girlfriend. Which is a bit weird because it was published a while ago and he's got married since! But it was still an interesting book about all his foibles and odd ways of thinking.

What I'm Currently Reading
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. I've returned to this - I handily stopped at the end of a chapter. I'm remembering how interesting this book is. The chapter I'm currently reading is all about marriage and there are a couple of quotes about how to have a happy marriage that show how it's all about the man:

Love him, feed him, sympathise with him, stimulate him, admire him.

Always have his meals ready, nice clean house and home, listen to all his troubles about what a horrid day he's had, even if yours has been dreadful. Above all, look clean and attractive yourself.

The divorce rate was going up at the time because women weren't satisfied with this. I can't think why...

What I'm Reading Next
While reading Perfect Wives I realised Virginia Nicholson has written about women in the 20s and during the war and this one was the 50s. I wondered if she would write one about women in the 60s. I just look and turns out it came out in March! But I will not be reading it next, I'll be saving it for my Chanukah list instead, and reading one of the three books on my bedside table that I've started or one of the two books on my Kobo that I've started or one of the books on a bookshelf that need reading or one of the books on my Kobo that I haven't read yet.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 9th September 2020 7:35 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Theodora and the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer. This was a re-read because I got the GGBP version. And I needed something easy to read. And then right at the start I got so annoyed with Joey for deciding what name Theodora should go by. I wanted Theodora to refuse to go by Ted and insist on Dora or something else that Joey didn't suggest. And then after the beginning being about how she'd been expelled from three schools, nothing really happened with her at the Chalet School and it was really all about Margot with a side-order of too much Mary-Lou. I think me mostly reading it at a chapter a day before bed didn't help because it seemed like the longest Chalet School book ever.

What I'm Currently Reading
Death on the Nile by Robin Stevens. I discovered there was another Murder Most Unladylike book recently. It was reasonably priced on kobo, so I bought it. And I'm not reading it very fast because although I'm liking the characters and the plot, right at the start there was a "horrible thing will happen" and either it will or it'll be a "ha ha fooled you" moment, both of which will annoy me when one of them happens. So I'm not in a rush to get the being annoyed part of reading the book.

What I'm Reading Next
Carry On Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. Because I visited my sister and did an exchange for the last one I read.

Also, Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. I stopped reading it during the heatwave because it was just too hot to concentrate on anything. And since then I got distracted b y other easy-reading books, but I must get back to this one.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 4:57 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
A whole lot of fanfic. I put a load on my ebook reader and worked through it. In the meantime I've bookmarked more, but at least my AO3 reading later page is only one page. Because I've been catching up on stuff from a while ago, it's been interesting to see who replies to comments. Some authors reply to all, some reply to none, some reply for a while and then stop (sometimes that's years sometimes that one day of replying and then stop). I know there are lots of reasons authors don't always reply to all comments, but when I see that none have been replied to and I'm not sure I liked it or it was just ok I tend to veer on the side of just ok and not leaving a comment.

What I'm Currently Reading
Back on the non-fiction: Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. I've enjoyed two of her other books, on women after WWI and during WWII. This one is about women in the 50s. It's strange because it's so recent but so different. We had two world wars where women worked and the 'surplus women' after WWI meant marriage wasn't the be all and end all for women. And yet the 1950s might as well be the 1900s for all that's changed. At least so far, we're only on the early 1950s.

There was a chapter on the queen's coronation and I knew it rained that day but I didn't know it had only been 12C! And to think I thought this June had some cold weather, it wasn't that bad during the day.

What I'm Reading Next
The book I'm currently reading is 500 pages, and heavy to read in bed, so it's going to take me a while. I don't know, I'll see what I fancy off my to read shelf.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 17th June 2020 5:38 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Peace Comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. It's typical Chalet School stuff, so not much to say about it really. Although the author chose not to focus on just one girl/form, which makes sense since it's about the end of the war, but it does feel more like I've read a selection of short stories rather than a whole book. Which is not to say that it's a bad thing, it just makes it different from other Chalet School books.

What I'm Currently Reading
Funny Ha, Ha by Paul Merton. I'm more than two-thirds into my library borrowing period and less than halfway through the stories. I've not been reading them in order - I've mostly been going backwards through the authors. The trouble is that some of them are just a bit dull and it always seems to be the longest ones! But then there are also some gems. Like all of Victoria Wood's ones and one of Oscar Wilde's ones. I'm currently enjoying one by Jincy Willett, who I've never previously heard of.

When I'm reading a good one then I'm keen to read it. But when I'm reading a dull one, more so if it's a run of dull ones, then I struggle to motivate myself to get through it. Overall I think the book would be better off having a few really good stories rather than lots of stories that include some really good. When I have to return it to the library I will probably read something else, then get this out again and read some more.

What I'm Reading Next
Some fanfic. Which counts as a book because they're on my Kobo. I had loads of catching up to do because I was too busy to read any from October to mid-December. Then I got ill and couldn't look at a screen (or read much at all, to start with). I finally managed to get my AO3 to read later down to one page, and had a few long stories left in the SGA Secret Santa collection. So I've put everything that's left onto my Kobo so I can finish them off.

And I keep doing my (virtual) choir recordings in front of my to read shelf and therefore keep thinking about how much I want to read them. So I will probably one of those next - maybe some non-fiction.

And maybe also one of the three books on my bedside table that I'm currently reading...


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 6:35 pm

I discovered that the crossposter didn't crosspost any entries for May to Dreamwidth. Because DW crossposts to LiveJournal it didn't crosspost to LJ either. It didn't occur to me that when DW said you had to use an API key now, rather than a password, that it would apply to the crossposter too. I've now crossposted all (four) posts from May, and am crossposting directly to DW and LJ so if one fails it won't take the other down with it.

What I Just Finished Reading
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross. I wanted to read this because I watch a 2019 Demon Headmaster series on the iPlayer and thought I really don't remember the book (or the original TV series). It turns out that I do remember the book, there's just not as much in it as is hinted at in the new TV series. But I do have a big problem with it - I assumed it just had a new cover, but it's not just a re-print, they've actually changed things to update them. So at one point Dinah tries to record what happens during assembly using a phone on video mode. When I read this a phone was plugged into a wall in the house and you could only move as far as the cord let you. I don't know what the original had instead - a dictaphone perhaps - but a) if you're going to update the text you should say so (if I'd known I wouldn't have bothered with this version) and b) why? It's no wonder kids today can't conceive of a time before smartphones if all the books written last century contain them!

What I'm Currently Reading
Funny Ha, Ha by Paul Merton after [info]liadtbunny talked about it. I read the introduction where he was talking about not being familiar with some of the authors before he put the anthology together (of 80 short, funny stories) and some authors have three stories in. It could be easily cut down right there! So far I've read the Margaret Atwood one and the three Victoria Wood ones and they are funny. I'm thinking I won't get through all 80 before the library takes it back, but I could always borrow it again some other time, just as long as I can remember what I've read (unhelpfully the chapter listing only includes titles and not authors).

Peace Comes to the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. Despite what this post looks like, I've been reading a lot of non-fiction recently and I really wanted some fiction that didn't take much effort. Which this is. I am enjoying it, it's typical Chalet School stuff really.

What I'm Reading Next
One of the books I've started and not finishing would be a good idea...


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 20th May 2020 8:23 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Dear Fatty by Dawn French. This is Dawn French's autobiography, which she's written as letters to people in her life. It took me a while to work out that 'Fatty' was Jennifer Saunders. I don't know when it was published - it wasn't at the start of the ebook at all. But it was a bit weird to read about how amazing she thought Lenny Henry was when they've been divorced for a while. Overall, although it was interesting, I just found it quite hard to read. I think it was the snippest of silly letters in there that were a bit hard going.

What I'm Currently Reading
Or rather what I've decided I'm not reading any more. Which is Star Trek: Collateral Damage by David Mack. I got it because it is literally the only Star Trek fiction ebook in the library. I'm 100 pages in and I still couldn't summarise the plot for you because there are lots and I don't care about any of them. The final straw came during Picard's trial for something (I don't know what, presumably it's in a previous book) and there were two pages of lawyers talking about Space Corps Directives. OK, so not literally, but it was as dry as that. I have officially given up on it.

It's Not Me, it's You! By Jon Richardson. I bought this because it was 99p. It's something he wrote a while ago about his search for perfection. So far I'm stuck in the very long introduction and am hoping the book improves.

What I'm Reading Next
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross. I discovered recently that there had been another TV series of this late last year, and I watched it on the iPlayer. It was a while through it before I discovered it wasn't just a remake with different people and a lot more technology, but a sequel (not like the other sequels). After watching it I wanted to re-read the book, since the series referenced some things from it and I don't remember it that well. Of course it's too old for the library to have it, but it was 83p. I would have read it next, but library books got in the way.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 15th April 2020 8:47 am

What I Just Finished Reading
At Childhood's End by Sophie Aldred. I don't know if I liked it or not. The Ace in it is 50 so it's not unreasonable that she'd have calmed down a lot. Based on the TV series then I want to be Ace when I grow up. Based on the book then I don't want to be the Ace at the start when I grow up. Even though she has a ton of money, a flexible job, a cat, a whole load of tech and some alien stuff. But at the Ace at the end I maybe want to be. But only maybe.

Who am I, again? by Lenny Henry. This is an autobiography that just covers his life up to when he was 21. Which turns out to be a lot of comedy as he started at 15. I realised reading it that I had no idea really about his comedy and what he did. He's always just been there really. Mostly I associate him with Comic Relief these days. It was really interesting to see where he came from and how he got into comedy. Which he says at the end is all very different these days.

What I'm Currently Reading
Who was Ann Gregg? by David Cooper Holmes. I'm struggling with this. Partly because it's really heavy so it's hard to read in bed. And partly because it really needed editing - there are grocer's apostrophes in it and the wrong word sometimes (who's instead of whose). It's harder to concentrate on something when you want to take a red pen to it. There's also old newspaper clippings which are really hard to read when there are no full stops. It's about his ancestor who had a life of crime and used a lot of pseudonyms. It is interesting, just hard to read.

What I'm Reading Next
It feels like a good time to go back to Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes in the wake of Tim Brooke-Taylor's death.

And I bought Dear Fatty by Dawn French a few weeks ago because it was 99p, so that should be an interesting read. It was marketed as being perfect for Mother's Day which I find a bit bizarre - other than of course everything is perfect for Mother's Day if you're trying to sell it three weeks before Easter and everything is perfect for Father's Day if you're trying to sell it in June.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 1st April 2020 7:46 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I Love the Bones of You by Christopher Eccleston. This came out of me looking through the library's ebooks and finding some things to read. It's terrible for fiction, but better for non-fiction. This is a bit weird to categorise because although it's an autobiography it's also all about his relationship with his father. His father had dementia and he had anorexia and depression, so it's quite a dense read. Interesting, but I found it hard to get through when I really wanted to be reading something lighter.

What I'm Currently Reading
Doctor Who: At Childhood's End by Sophie Aldred. I stopped to read the library book and I'm back on this one now. The jury's still out on whether I like it. There are (non-time travelling) motorbikes and fast cars and aliens, but it's not entirely clear how much alien stuff Ace has been getting into since leaving the Doctor. And a possibility that there was something going on that made her choose that life. It's interesting to see Ace meet the Thirteenth Doctor and the story is interesting, but I'm still not sold on Ace as a businesswoman.

What I'm Reading Next
Unless one of my library holds comes in, or I decide to actually finish one of the other books I've started recently, it'll be Who Was Ann Greg? by David Cooper Holmes. All All I currently know about it is that it's surprisingly heavy considering its size and Mum leant it to be because she thought I'd like it. So I expect I will.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 11th March 2020 6:04 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Only When I Laugh: My Autobiography by Paul Merton. I saw this mentioned somewhere and thought it would be interesting. And it was. As he points out in it that the traditional route into comedy at the time was via Cambridge or Oxford, neither of which he was clever or academic enough to go to.

What I'm Currently Reading
Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay. I reserved this in December and I finally made it to the top of the list last night. I'm already a quarter of the way through it because it's very easy reading. It's basically the same sort of stuff as his other book, but from around the Christmases he worked.

Mack the Life by Lee Mack. I saw something recently that mentioned that Lee Mack had written an autobiography and that it's good. It was also 99p. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but it's interesting so far. Especially because he just can't resist making jokes, just like on WILTY.

Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes. I 'panic-bought' ebooks and that included this one. It's snippets of his stand-ups and his rants and they're interesting and funny. Although, as the introduction points out, they're not as funny to read as they were to hear.

Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor by various people. This was down to a reasonable price and also includes a story by Susan Calman (and Jacquline Rayner, who always writes good stuff). I enjoyed those two stories, but then it also helps that they were centred around Sarah and Clara. Where the Rose one I was less enthused by and I haven't quite managed to start the Bill one yet.

What I'm Reading Next
Doctor Who: At Childhood's End by Sophie Aldred. Having listened to the recent Big Finish audio with an older Ace running A Charitable Earth I then really wanted to read this. So I bought it. And then read other things first/instead.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 5th February 2020 8:59 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Book of the Year 2019. I've read the previous two so I knew what to expect. But this is the first I've read in ebook format - the only other choice is hardback, which is heavier to carry around and read in bed. It worked out mostly ok, although it took me a while to work out how to zoom into the images and then I couldn't work out how to move around them (kobo help was useless). But I managed to read all the text on them.

What I'm Currently Reading
Not Quite 30-Love by Sally Bradfield. I thought I'd try this because it's all about tennis and written by a tennis insider. But it is a romance. So it doesn't require much brain to read it, although I have been struggling because it's not written in order and I've been confused about the sequence of events. But I am enjoying the tennis. Couldn't care less about the romance.

The Chalet School in Exile. I bought this from GGBP because I have the very cut paperback. And then I haven't got far through it because I know what's going to happen and it's not am easy, happy read. I know it's all happy in the end, but I sort of want to put off them having to leave Austria.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably Theodora and the Chalet School, which I got at the same time as Exile and for the same reason. Or Doctor Who: At Childhood's End, although I am less keen on it being £10 for an ebook. Or, it doesn't come out until later in the month, but Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes. Although that's £14 for an ebook which is insane. How can an ebook be more expensive than a paperback (it's just not available in paperback)? Who decided hardbacks are a good idea anyway?


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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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