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Alexi   

I finally finished American Gods! Nearly three weeks that has taken me. 

 

Planning to spend some time this weekend updating lists and working way through ReviewsOfDoom. 

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Athena   
16 hours ago, Alexi said:

I finally finished American Gods! Nearly three weeks that has taken me. 

 

Did you like it?

 

16 hours ago, Alexi said:

Planning to spend some time this weekend updating lists and working way through ReviewsOfDoom. 

 

Lol :P. Good luck :)!

 

I finished my previous book yesterday, but am not sure yet what I want to read next. I've got some other things planned for today, so I might not pick another book until tomorrow. I'm a mood reader, so will see what I feel in the mood for later. I'm still not entirely out of my reading slump unfortunately.

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willoyd   

Two books finished in quick order in the last day or so, both started whilst away on holiday in the Hebrides.  One on the Kindle - Sightlines by Kathleen Jamie, a series of short essays that I could read in bed (after lights out!), and the other in paperback - Sea Room by Adam Nicolson, all about the Shiants, a small group of islands just off the coast of Harris/Lewis, and almost visible from where we were staying for the second half of the holiday.  A brilliant holiday, and two excellent books, both on 5 stars.

 

A bit of a loss as to what to go onto next, but have provisionally plumped for some more short essays, this time A Point of View by the late and great polymath, Lisa Jardine.

 

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Nollaig   

I'm nearly halfway through The Burning, a DC Meave Kerrigan crime thriller by Jane Casey. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the title character or her colleagues yet, but the writing is very good and I'm enjoying the story, so will definitely continue with the series. There's six books in this series, so I'm glad I'm enjoying it as the other two series I've enjoyed recently (Maggie Neville and Matilda Darke) have only 1 and 3 books respectively so far.

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I finished The Go-Between yesterday, and that completes my English Counties challenge!  My main challenge now is to try and reduce my TBR a bit more, and keep it somewhere around the 10-15 books.  Currently at 38, so hopefully shouldn't take too long. :)

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I'm reading two books at the moment. The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett which falls under neuropsychology. And for a lighter touch, I'm also reading After You by Jojo Moyes. I'm still drastically behind on reviews...I have no idea what is going on but I just find it hard to motivate myself to write them. :blush: I'm still reading though, so that's the main thing I guess! :lol:

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shirley   

Finally finished reading the Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry. I did enjoy this one

 

Now moved onto Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Penwick and The Muse by Jessie Burton

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Athena   

I'm reading V. E. Schwab - Shades of Magic 1: A Darker Shade of Magic. So far I'm liking it a lot.

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Nollaig   

Been a bit slow in my reading - nearing the end of The Burning and really enjoying it. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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Had a couple of days of sitting and waiting, so have been devouring books and have finished four books - Storm in a Teacup and The Persephone Book of Short Stories both of which I was already over half way through, then today I've read Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens and The Long and Short of It by Jodi Taylor (which is a collection of short stories which had mostly initially been available as audiobooks, but collected together with a  brand new story, so I whizzed through most of it having read/listened to most of them before).  The new Chronicles of St. Mary's is out on Thursday, so the short stories were a nice settling into the world again before I start the new one which I've pre-ordered. :)

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willoyd   

Lisa Jardine lived up to all expectations, A Point of View being a collection of thought provoking essays from the eponymous Radio Four programe.  They are a little bit dated, mostly from around 2006, but most still have something strong to say about life and events today.  5*.

Have now moved on to Peter Clarke's The Timeless Way, in which he puts together a walk the length of the Outer Hebrides based on old tracks and ways.  Interested as have just returned from there.

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Nollaig   

Decided to give the police procedurals a break for a little while - they're a bit like fast food, they're the easier option in terms of time and they do satisfy a craving, but rarely as satisfying as something that requires a bit more effort.

 

So, I'm reading Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist which so far I'm enjoying a lot.

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3 hours ago, Nollaig said:

So, I'm reading Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist which so far I'm enjoying a lot.

 

I keep seeing this at the library and can't decide whether to give it a go!

 

I'm now reading We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson. I'm intrigued so far. :o

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Nollaig   
7 minutes ago, bobblybear said:

 

I keep seeing this at the library and can't decide whether to give it a go!

 

I'm a quarter of the way through, and so far it's almost entirely not about the disappearance mentioned on the cover. It's about people related to them, mostly recounting their histories from long before the disappeared person was born. Fortunately, though it's quite rambling and doing little more than telling you about these people, it's beautifully written and the people are super interesting, so I'm thoroughly enjoying it! I will report back when it's finished :)

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