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  1. Current reading status: Kindle: The Stars Look Down - starting chapter twenty-two (29%) Kindle: Another World - finished Audible: Just One Damned Thing After Another (dramatisation) - 5 hrs 36 mins remaining Read all of AW today. It was fine, but not what I was expecting, and not my sort of story. That leaves me with just two books left on the English Counties challenge. Read some more of TSLD and will probably try and read a bit more tonight too, and then need to make up my mind whether to try and just make my way further through it tomorrow, or start the last book The Go-Between. I'm undecided at the moment, as I'd like to keep TGB for last, but I've made such good progress this weekend finishing off two other books, that with the bank holiday tomorrow, I might be able to read it and just have the rest of TSLD to finish after that. I'll see how I feel tomorrow.
  2. Bright and sunny again, but a few degrees cooler today.
  3. I started Another World by Pat Barker this morning, and I'm halfway through already.
  4. About to make myself some lunch, so going to toast some pitta breads brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with za'atar, and serve with some raw vegetables to dip in some hummus.
  5. I watched Larry Crowne last night. I'd not seen many good reviews for it, but also didn't know much about it, so was pleasantly surprised. Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rita Wilson, directed by Hanks, written by Hanks and Nia Vardolos ... what's not to like? I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  6. No need to apologise, I just thought it might be another term I didn't know, as I think pista- has a spanish (maybe latin?) root. Although I'm a vegetarian myself, I've never really looked at the different varieties of it, so for example, I'd never heard of the ovo-veggie term before. Tonight we'll be having asparagus tart with herb roasted potatoes and steamed veg.
  7. I've just finished this book. I started it yesterday, and found it incredibly compelling, but, that doesn't mean I necessarily enjoyed it. It started off with an intriguing ghost story of a house that somehow had an affinity with some of its inhabitants causing vivid dreams, apparitions and strange happenings. In fact, the first half of the book I found quite unsettling, and this seemingly supernatural influence made for a very odd story. I had to put it aside once the sun had gone down, as I didn't want to have any odd dreams of my own! However, the second half of the book moves away from this plot into more of a telling of a WW2/Cold War spy thriller, which I found kind of interesting, although a little labyrinthine, and it almost felt like two separate books shoehorned together. A rather unsatisfactory resolution to the haunted house story (a bit of a cop out without much actual explanation) and an unbelievable, to me at least, ending to the spy story, and the suggestion of how the characters lives played out after the end of the book was hard to comprehend too. On the plus side, it's a good fit as the Rutland book, as there's plenty of description of the county and the environs. It was an interesting read, and although I don't think the resolution worked for me, there were some really good bits in it, particularly the supernatural episodes, which were very atmospheric and suitably creepy, so overall a good read, but not without some big flaws for me.
  8. Current reading status: Kindle: The Stars Look Down - starting chapter eighteen (23%) Kindle: Set In Stone - finished Kindle: Another World by Pat Barker - starting chapter 1 (0%) Audible: Just One Damned Thing After Another (dramatisation) - 5 hrs 36 mins remaining Finished SIS and glad I have, as it was unsettling for the first half, and then just a madcap race in the second half, and I needed to know how this labyrinthine plot would work itself out or, indeed, if it would! No progress on TSLD yet, but might read a chapter before starting AW. Have decided to go all out and try to finish the English Counties challenge, so I've got TSLD, AW and The Go-Between left. Maybe the Bank Holiday weekend, will give me time to finish at least one of the these.
  9. Just finished this one. Blimey, it starts out as one thing, moves in an unexpected direction, and then changes completely halfway through! Can't say I actually enjoyed it, but it certainly compelled me to keep reading as I had to know what happened next. And, that leaves me with three books left on the challenge.
  10. Got woken up in the middle of the night by a terrific thunderstorm - torrential rain with thunder and lightning. Woke up to a bright, warm morning, but then it all went a bit grey and we had some more rain. Much brighter again this afternoon, although there's a lovely breeze running through the house keeping us cool.
  11. Started Set In Stone by Robert Goddard, another book from the English Counties challenge list.
  12. Current reading status: Kindle: The Stars Look Down - starting chapter eighteen (23%) Kindle: Set In Stone by Robert Goddard - starting chapter four (21%) Audible: Just One Damned Thing After Another (dramatisation) - 5 hrs 36 mins remaining Only one chapter of TSLD today, but better than nothing. I've started Set In Stone which is another English Counties book, and I knew very little about the book and nothing about the author before I started the book, and so far, I feel like I know even less now! No idea where it's going, and so far doesn't seem like something I'd usually read, but it's interesting although a bit unsettling so far. Also listened to some JODTAA on the commute, so nice to make some progress on that as wel.
  13. Even hotter today.
  14. I think you're probably right, plus it sets up the rest of the series to allow the character to develop.