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Crime drama again
Saturday 1st May 2021 3:17 pm

It's really all gone crime around here. After reading one Daisy Dalrymple book I somehow ended up taking another off the shelf when I put that one back. I still like the time before they get married the best. And as much as I like Sakari, I miss Lucy.

I'm still watching Line of Duty - I'm up to series 4. But I have a big problem with it: ergonomics. They all have their monitors so low down/chairs so high up that they're all leaning over to look at stuff on the screen or read documents laid out on their desk. They really need someone to go in there and sort them out.

I'm also still watching The Bill. It's alternately good and frustrating. It really is better when it's an hour long, but some of the half hours are really good and some are a bit nothing. The trouble is, even when they're good, is that they're determined to have a B story. They're better off devoting the whole time to one story, but the biggest problem with the B story is that because the episodes are so short the B stories only get about three scenes. Which isn't long enough for them to be anything interesting. They either need to be a whole story or not in there at all.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 21st April 2021 8:00 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Olive, Mabel and Me by Andrew Cotter. Now I've finished it I'm still not quite sure how to describe this book. It's about his dogs and hillwalking. It's very readable and it's funny the way he ascribes human thoughts to his dogs - I suppose in the same way as his videos.

The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife. This is by the Yeoman Warder who is the current Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. It's mostly about the ravens, but also has some of his background. It was really interesting all the stuff he says about ravens and it's interesting to hear what they get up to. He clearly really cares about them - he spent ages researching their enclosure to give them the best life possible. But basically, if you're there, don't let go of any food or take your eye off it, or the ravens'll have it!

What I'm Currently Reading
The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn. A re-read, rather than a to read book I should get through. But it's set in the Tower of London, so I thought that now I've been there and watched the TV series it'll be interesting to read it again. I can't remember whodunnit - but then I also can't remember who was done in yet either.

What I'm Reading Next
Theoretically, something from my to read pile.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 31st March 2021 5:56 pm

What I Just Finished Reading The Century Girls by Tessa Dunlop. I bought this in Kobo's Black Friday Random Week in November sale for £1. And it was a good buy. It's the story of six women all born between 1914 and 1918. They all had different lives growing up and it went through the decades. It was really interesting to read about their experiences and their perspectives on events.

What I'm Currently Reading Olive, Mabel and Me by Andrew Cotter. I saw this on the library ebook site and and borrowed it, but I have no idea what it's about. There's been some stuff about his first videos and what happened after that. And now we're on to a history of his dogs. It's very easy to read, but I don't know how I'd summarise it yet.

What I'm Reading Next
I really should read a book I already own but have not yet read. I'll see what I feel like reading when I've finished this one.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 10th February 2021 6:06 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Secret Political Adviser by Michael Spicer. I get why he's branched out and this was funny, but not as funny as his videos. It just has a different feel to it: in the book he's horrible to the politicians, and is really just as bas as they are, but in his videos it's more like he's put upon and you feel sorry for him.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. This was cheap and sounded interesting - and I read the preview and couldn't stop so I had to buy it to read it. It was really interesting. Cait was basically a shopaholic, so decided to stop and go cold turkey - and also do a lot of de-cluttering. And during that year she learnt a lot about herself and why she shopped. It inspired me to do some more decluttering - I thought I'd finished, but it turns out there's always more you can get rid of!

What I'm Currently Reading
My Word is My Bond by Roger Moore. This is his autobiography. I do like reading about other people's lives and this is particularly interesting because he was born in 1927 and the world was a lot different to how it is now.

What I'm Reading Next
After reading The Year of Less I am thinking that I should really not buy any more books until I've read the unread/partially read ones on my ebook reader and taking up space on a bookshelf. Not least because the latter will then free up some room, assuming I don't end up keeping them all. So next I'll read one of those - I don't know which, it depends on what I feel like reading.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 3rd February 2021 5:16 pm

I went on an ebook buying spree, because it is just too easy to do. Even though I already have some physical and ebooks to read.

What I Just Finished Reading
The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway by Una McCormack. I got this because I'd enjoyed the Kirk and Picard autobiographies and Una McCormack's writing. And it was alright, but the basic problem was that I just don't care about Janeway. And at no point during this book did I care. I had been thinking about giving Voyager another chance, but after reading the bits of the book set during that time, and having been reminded of how terrible it was, I am definitely not.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Secret Political Adviser by Michael Spicer. You'll have heard of Michael Spicer - he's the bloke who does videos with political figures like he's talking into an earpiece they're wearing. This book is along the same lines, but with a shadowy organisation that's advising politicians. It's quite amusing, but a different feel from his videos.

What I'm Reading Next
I will probably look at what else on my Kobo I've bought and not read and pick one of those.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 30th December 2020 4:46 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Chalet School and Guernsey by Katherine Bruce. When I started this book I had been assuming it would involve them leaving Guernsey, established that maybe it wasn't and was a bit disappointed. Then we had a few chapters of just ordinary school stuff and I decided that actually that was what I wanted in the book. So then it immediately turned into them deciding to leave Guernsey now, actually, which I was reading at the same time as the government were bringing in stricter measures in some parts of the country, and it then I really wanted to be reading just a school story. I finished it anyway, since there were only a couple of chapters to go, but it was a bit of an odd book, feeling like neither one thing nor the other.

What I'm Currently Reading
How Was It For You? by Virginia Nicholson. This is about women in the 1960s. It goes by year and themes and I'm currently on 1964. There are just so many things starting that we recognise as modern - it's such a different decade from the 1950s. It's been particularly interesting having read Shopgirls, so I can relate it to the changes in shopping and consumerism that happen around that time. I thought I was mostly interested in the 20s-50s, but there's loads here that I'd like to know more about. Handily there are some footnotes suggesting books that go into more detail about some of these things - one of which I already own!

What I'm Reading Next
Funny You Should Ask by QI Elves. This is explanations of ordinary things you don't (necessarily) think to ask, inspired by the questions asked at the Why Workshop on Zoe Ball's breakfast program. I've enjoyed the Why Workshop and the elves have been publicising this a lot with extracts, so I know I'll like it and find it interesting.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 16th December 2020 7:31 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Secret by Lorna Hill. I was very excited when GGBP re-published this. It's 14th in the Sadlers Wells series, of which I own the first twelve. The last two are pretty much impossible to find and when you do find them they're about £100. So I was excited to read this one. It's pretty much the same as the others, which is not a surprise, but I enjoyed it. There's an afterword where Lorna Hill's daughter Vicki talks about what they discussed would be in the next book, to resolve this one. Which sounds like it would have been a good book.

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenburg. I thought from the blurb on the back that this was a sci-fi murder mystery and I was sort of right. It starts off in the present with Anna being tried for murder and then goes back to the past, from Anna's point of view, leading up to the trial - with some of it interspersed with the past narrative. What's really interesting is that she's a hybrid - looks human but is robot, ish - and lives as a Disney Princess in Disneyland (just without the word Disney). I really enjoyed it and went looking for more by the same author, but she's a new author and has only written one other book and that's a YA romance. I will be keeping a look out for more by her in the future.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Chalet School in Guernsey by Katherine Bruce. This arrived and work's been crazy busy, so it's just the right amount of don't need a brain to read now. I have only just started it, but it's standard Chalet School stuff. I'm just waiting for the Chalet School to need to move off Guernsey. Which I assume will happen in this book - right near the start they're talking about whether France will fall.

What I'm Reading Next
How Was it For You? by Virginia Nicholson. My Chanukah present about women in the 1960s. I am looking forward to it, despite it being a big, thick book.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 18th November 2020 8:14 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Shopgirls by Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley. I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to see how things changed over the decades. You can gradually see how we got to where we are today. I was particularly interested in the bit where it talked about people working in the shops dealing with ration cards during the war, because I've only had heard it from the consumer's perspective before.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Bettany Twins and the Chalet School by Helen Barber. Which is mainly about Maeve and Maurice, but also about the Bettany family. It's pretty standard Chalet School stuff, but there's also something nefarious that Dick's involved with and I'm looking forward to finding out what that's all about.

What I'm Reading Next
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenburg. My library did a thing where you can tell them what sort of things you like and they pick out some books for you. I interpreted that as they'll find me things in the genres I like, similar to the authors I like, that is new to me. They interpreted it as they'll give me books by the authors I like. But I ticked the box to get a surprise, so that's this book. From the blurb on the back it looks like a sci-fi murder mystery, which sounds like my sort of thing. So I'm looking forward to reading it (and not looking at any other information about it in case I put myself off the idea of reading something new).


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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 29th October 2020 6:14 pm

I was going to post this last night, but my RSS feeds had gone off the idea of updating. As a result I spent the evening installing a new version and then working through every feed's ~25 new feeds to work out which ones I'd actually read. And deleting some feeds I'd forgotten I had because they hadn't been updated in years.

What I Just Finished Reading
Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor. I read the first three stories in this so long ago that I can't remember anything about it. I'd got to the last one, struggled with the first page and read something else. My Kobo told me I only had about 15 minutes left to read on it, so I thought I might as well read it and then it's read.

And I don't know why I struggled with the first page before because I read the whole story in one go. It was an interesting one about Bill buying a jacket and then crazy things happen.

What I'm Currently Reading
Shopgirls by Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley. I'm currently still pretty much at the start of women working in shops. They're still doing 10 hours a day, all standing up, for very little pay, and society is scandalized by the idea of people enjoying shopping. I already knew about their terrible working conditions at the start, in the Victorian era, but I don't know about it changing, other than it obviously does. So I'm looking forward to discovering more about that as I go through the book.

What I'm Reading Next
The Bettany Twins and the Chalet School by Helen Barber, which arrived through my letterbox recently. Although every time I see the title I think it's about Madge and Dick and am disappointed to remember it's actually about Peggy & Rix and Meave & Maurice. Which didn't stop me buying it and won't stop me enjoying it either, I expect.


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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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