This week has mostly been focussed on projects around the house, including the final set up for our (my) reading nook (which isn’t really a nook, but whatever – see picture), coupled with a few days of poor mental health, so I’m pleased that I managed to read a bit and watch a couple of moves. So here are the stats….
Books read – Two, and I’m third of the way through another
Books bought – too many to mention, seriously it’s double figures since the beginning of the month guys.
Movies watched – Two, plus I binged (if 4 episodes constitutes a binge) Evil Genius on Netflix
Decisions made – One. I’m going to step back from reading Muriel Spark novels for a bit; I think I really just need to read for pleasure at the moment.
A very quick Sunday Salon post to say that I’ve not been blogging much lately because of the heat here in London – I can’t remember it being so hot so consistently since the legendary summer of 1976 when 14-year-old me spent all of the school holidays lounging around our garden reading books voraciously.
I have been reading a bit – I have finished three books since my last post here – but am behind in posting at the Book God site, though intend to have some round-up posts there in the next few days. August is going to be the month when I get back into posting regularly, so watch this (and my other two) space(s).
Hope you are having a great summer wherever you are 🙂
It’s been too hot to read or blog over the past couple of weeks but as the weather doesn’t look likely to break any time soon I thought I’d just provide a quick round-up of where I am book-wise at the moment.
I’m plugging on with #ReadingMuriel2018 but I’m a couple of books behind so need to press on. Later today I’ll be starting The Takeover, which I haven’t read in donkey’s years, and about which I remember very little, so that will be interesting.
Since I last wrote here I have finished precisely one book, but that was an absolute corker; I’ll be writing about The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet over on Bride of the Book God shortly, but if you love well-written and engaging science fiction then this is for you. I immediately bought the sequel (as you will see below).
Talking about books bought, here is my haul since my last post:
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
The Changeling by Victor Lavalle
Awakened by James Murray & Darren Wearmouth
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (as mentioned above)
Apart from a foray out to the National Gallery to see the excellent Thomas Cole exhibition, I’ve mostly been hiding indoors to avoid the heat. But pleased that I’ve managed to crack some books open at any rate.
A lovely sunny week and quite a bit of reading done; but first, other stuff…..
We visited the Cinema Museum , based in what used to be a part of the Lambeth Workhouse, whose most famous inhabitant was a young Charlie Chaplin. It’s a fascinating place full of artificers from the history of cinema – the buildings and the experience rather than the movies themselves. It’s under threat at the moment as the building it leases has been sold and although they are talking about the future with the new owners they need a lot of support.
But you probably want the all-important stats, so…….
The Summer Children by Dot Hutchinson – the third in the Collector trilogy (as was – I believe there is going to be a fourth published next year). I’ve really enjoyed all three books and can recommend if you are in the market for serial killers with a touch of creepiness.
The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark – the latest in the reading challenge and one of my absolute favourites, this is basically Watergate in a convent. Read in a single sitting while suffering from insomnia.
I’ve behaved a little bit better this week 😀
After the Partyby Cressida Connolly – set in the thirties, this is “powerful, poignant, and exquisitely observed, After the Party is an illuminating portrait of a dark period of British history which we are yet to fully acknowledge.”
The Church of Accelerated Redemption – “Aliette de Bodard, winner of the Nebula, Locus and BSFA Awards, teams up with BSFA Award-winner Gareth L. Powell to present an uplifting short story of machines and humans, of intense emotions and cutting-age technology” A short story to sneak in between longer reads 🙂
The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey – “In a future London, humans are watched over by AIs and served by bots. But now that justice and jobs are meted out by algorithm, inequality blooms, and protest is brutally silenced.”
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – “When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.” I’m reading this several centuries after almost everyone else but I always knew I would get there; after all, hyperspace tunnels!
Out and about a lot this coming week but hope to continue my reading streak. Have a good one!
It’s been a quiet week chez Bride, doing stuff around the house and so on, though we did venture out to a Romanian restaurant to have a goodbye lunch before our friend returns to Bucharest. We were overlooked by a colony of decorative bats as we ate our Transylvanian beef soup, which seemed fitting !
But onto the bookish stuff –
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – an examination of the very famous and culturally influential unsolved murder case
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz, in which he is one of the main characters; I read the whole thing in a single sitting so that should tell you something…..
In between books at the moment but I have the next Muriel to read and will find another from my 20 books of summer list
Oh dear, didn’t mean to do this but never mind….
True Detective by Max Allan Collins – 1930s American crime, blaming the Book god for persuading to buy this and you know that once the floodgates are open then
Stanly’s Ghost by Stefan Mohamed – third in the trilogy (I have but not yet read the other two) bought to support Salt Publishing after their Twitter appeal
Patrick Melrose: The Complete Novels by Edward St Aubyn, because I’m enjoying the TV adaptation very much and after a suitable gap would like to read the source novels, plus they have the lovely Mr Cumberbatch on the covers
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh – is there a serial killer on the jury? Sounded intriguing so I thought why not
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig because I’ve just started following him on Twitter and he seems cool
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott – because I’m a sucker for books about high society, in this case the women surrounding Truman Capote.
It has been another celebratory week, as the Book God reached another birthday. We spent the day itself at home relaxing (there may have been cake), but on Friday we went to Canterbury to visit the cathedral (I had never been) and have a nice lunch. A beautiful sunny, warm day and lots to see; pictures are on my Instagram account if you are interested (social media links are at the top right).
In other news…..
The Hothouse by the East River – my latest read for #ReadingMuriel2018
All That Remains – my first book for #20booksofsummer
and just this morning
Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steven Amsterdam. Nothing like a bit of post-apocalyptic fiction on a sunny Sunday.
Noumenon by Marina J Lostetter
Orchids on Your Budget by Marjorie Hills
Missing by Alison Moore
What the Family Needed by Steven Amsterdam
and, surprisingly, because I’ve been unable to find my trusty Penguin paperback, a Kindle version of The Abbess of Crewe, my next Muriel.
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – 1940s true crime.