What ya reading Wednesday

At the end of last year 2020 I set myself a challenge of reading 52 books during this year 2021….that equated to 1 a week . Of course things don’t always work out the way we want them to and during the second quarter the ‘reading slump’ put in an appearance. Which meant that by the end of June (week 26) I was way behind…..7 books in fact.

Since then I’ve caught up a bit – Bowen was a great place to sit around and do nothing, a lot of reading happened there – but I’m going to have to get a move along to finish the way I intended. It’s a light hearted challenge….there’ll be no tears shed if I don’t reach that total…..but you know how it is…..If you think you can, there’s no reason you can’t

So far this month I’ve taken two off the total and there’s two more in hand ready to go!

And to answer those all important questions we ask our ’book loving’ friends

What are you reading at the moment?
What did you just finish ?
What are you planning to read next ?

I’ll go about it this way….

Sitting on the table waiting to be read is – Women of the Dunes by Sarah Main

Book blurb:- From the author of the acclaimed novels The House Between Tides and Beyond the Wild River, a rich, atmospheric tale set on the sea-lashed coast of west Scotland, in which the lives of a ninth-century Norsewoman, a nineteenth-century woman, and a twenty-first-century archeologist weave together after a body is discovered in the dunes.

This is one I’m looking forward to reading and hoping it lives up to its reviews. Having read (and thoroughly enjoyed) her previous Scottish flavoured novels I’m sure it will.

My current read is – The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

Book blurb:- When DS Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run early one morning, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carlin Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company.

I’ve only just started this one so don’t have any comments but if it’s anything like the earlier book in this series it should be ’a good ’un’

Just finished – The Echo Chamber by John Boyne

Book blurb:- What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds – and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept.

About a family, a ’modern’, some would say dysfunctional family, a family who are attached to their mobile phones and all the ‘must have’ social media apps.
Especially Twitter!
Humorous, witty, fun to read, seeing all the twists and turns that crop up in their lives and how the results of them link each family member to each other in unseen ways.

Also just finished – Wobble to Death by Peter Lovesey

Book blurb:- London, 1879. Crowds have gathered at Islington’s chilly Agricultural Hall to place their bets on who will become the next world champion in a six-day, 500-mile speedwalking race, the “wobble.” When one of the highly favored contenders dies under suspicious circumstances, Sergeant Cribb also has a race on his hands—to pursue a ruthless murderer.
 
A quick easy fun read, a couple of murders and other skulduggery linked to a popular 19c event (Pedestrianism). It’s the only book in this series at my library so I’m pleased I discovered it.

As an aside I found this on youtube – just right for a rainy day…which we’ve had plenty of recently

To use our PMs words ”it’s not a race” – no, unlike some things, this is not a race but I’d really like to get to the finish line before the end of the year.

How about you……what’s on your bedside table- what are you reading this Wednesday?

18 thoughts on “What ya reading Wednesday

  1. I’ve just finished re reading the memoirs of the Duc de St. Simon – the last years of Louis XIV. It is not as dull as it sounds…full of anecdotes.
    I’ve given up on a biography of Noel Coward by Sheridan Morley…deathly dull and no ‘talent to amuse’ whatsoever…..
    I’ve a new cookery book by Diane Henry about chicken….that’s keeping my interest…..
    About to order a book about the shanigans of life in Costa Rica. I know the author and she has some brilliant stories…now all I have to do is ask her what the title is!

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      1. Nor mine…they are my physical books or downloads. I don’t like downloads…but having books sent over has come to a halt since the bug started up.
        I found the title.’Beteen the oceans’…it is a roman a cle on Costa Rica and very accurate!

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    1. I have a vague memory of starting but not finished that particular Atkinson book. Must check and see why – I’ve read several others of hers so there would have to be a reason.
      And ooh another series to look for!

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  2. The land before Avocado – Richard Glover
    Phosphorescence – Julia Baird
    Fast, Feast, Repeat – Gin Stephens

    I’m trying to listen to an audio book but I fall asleep and miss bits so I need another way to do that!

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    1. I take it you’re not talking about audible noise – ‘will you quieten down I can’t hear myself think’.
      Would it be others bringing their own ideas along and wanting them to be adopted rather than ‘what if’ or do you think this would work’
      Many years ago I heard that the outside weather can have an influence on how decisions are made leading to air conditioning in offices being set at a workable level…..not too hot- not too cold.
      Must ask Mr G about noise in decision making- sounds interesting

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    1. Oh I read that a while ago – didn’t the main character keep a journal as she no memory of who she was and what happened the day before?
      I know I enjoyed it – gave it 5*

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    1. One year I set myself a target to read a children’s book a month – Charlotte, I might just have a look in the library to see if they have the ones you spoke about

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  3. I’m just about to start a book sent to me by my Australian niece. Locust Summer. Set in Australia of course. She says it’s a really good read

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  4. I just finished Ann Cleve’s “The Heron’s Cry,” part of a new series of hers. I enjoyed it very much and had no idea where the plot was going. Always a good thing for me.

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    1. I’m about to pick up the first in that series Elizabeth. I’ve seen lots of good reviews about book1 & 2…..have to wait a while for the second one – I’m no.100 on the order list😊

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