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  1. Your Book Activity - January 2018

    No time for reading so far today, but I'm hoping to squeeze in a bit this evening. I'm still only about half way through Ma'am Darling so I think I'll try and read some more of that.
  2. What's the weather like?

    I've managed to avoid the rain any time I've had to go outside today, but it has mainly been wet.
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  4. Any Way You Want Me by Lucy Diamond

    I've also just finished a Lucy Diamond book - The House of New Beginnings. All of her books I've read so far have been more about friendship and finding a better life than the romance elements, although they are definitely marketed in the romantic comedy area. I haven't come across Any Way You Want Me yet, but it does sound again like it divides opinions!
  5. Diane's Reading List - 2018

    Ooh, I started reading Lucy Diamond books last year, and this was the first one (I actually listened to the audiobook), and she's becoming one of my favourites for a bit of romantic escapism, up there with Jenny Colgan for me. Glad you enjoyed it, Diane, and if you've not read any of her other books, I'd say all the ones I've read so far have been very enjoyable. :)
  6. Your Book Activity - January 2018

    Been busy all day, so have been listening to an audiobook and I've finished The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond. I also had a credit to use, so I've used it to buy Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters which is on my Round Robin challenge.
  7. Claire's Book List 2018

    Finished my first book on the Round Robin Challenge yesterday evening - Wildfire At Midnight by Mary Stewart. A murder mystery set on the Scottish island of Skye originally published in the 1950s. This is my second book by Stewart, who had recently had new editions of most of her novels published, and what I found incredibly interesting was that it's only sixty years since it was first published, yet there's a few things that I found incredible. The first was just how often someone smoking a cigarette was mentioned, and the second (slightly more shocking) was that the characters regularly referred to catching the murderer so "he could hang". It's hard to believe that it's still fairly recent that capital punishment was abolished in this country, and that it was automatically assumed that the culprit would receive the death penalty. Despite all that, it was a really enjoyable read. Lots of twists and turn, with secrecy and dalliances thrown into the mix, as well as fantastic descriptions of the mountains, walking and climbing them, and the a nod to the first group to successfully climb Mount Everest. Unexpected happenings, red herrings and some genuinely creepy moments, it was a perfect winter evening read.
  8. What's Up in January 2018

    Drove down to Dorset this morning, and had a wander around Bridport before heading down to the beach. Very cold and a bit overcast, but the waves were crashing on the beach, so I loved it. One of my favourite type of days.
  9. What's the weather like?

    Overcast and cold pretty much all day, but no rain.
  10. Your Book Activity - January 2018

    So my no book buying rule is going really well ... just three bought today Found another Anita Brookner at the second hand shop today, so I now own a copy of The Bay of Angels. The last book in the Beetle Boy trilogy is out in Waterstones and I wanted to get one of the limited editions with the sprayed edges, so I had to buy one of those, and then they had a buy one get one half price sticker on it, so I thought it would be rude not to, and chose Wed Rabbit by Lissa Evans to go with it.
  11. Noll's 2018 Reads

    Your journal sounds lovely Noll, and I like the idea that you've amalgamated different ideas to suit your own style. Look forward to seeing some pages.
  12. What's Up in January 2018

    Went out for breakfast this morning, and had buttermilk pancakes with caramelised bananas and maple syrup, which was bloomin' delicious! A couple of errands to run, and a stop off in the bookshop, and now back home to catch up with some more jobs around the house. Not sure what we'll do tomorrow, but hoping to fit in some sewing and reading again this weekend.
  13. What's the weather like?

    Fog and ice. I worked late last night and had to scrape the ice off the car before I could drive home, and then got up this morning, and looking across the rooftops, you'd have thought it had snowed, there was so much white out there, but it was actually just frost and ice.
  14. Claire's Book List 2018

    That's why I'm in two minds about it! Most of the people who go tend to like crime, historical and fantasy novels, so I'm going to think about something completely different from those, maybe a nature or travel book.
  15. Your Book Activity - January 2018

    Went into the bookshop to order a sewing book, and came out with A Wood of One's Own by Ruth Pavey. Still reading Wildfire at Midnight and Ma'am Darling.