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It's December already!  What's everyone reading?

 

I'll be finishing Agatha Christie's The Sittaford Mystery later today.  A very intriguing mystery.  I've no idea whodunnit.

 

Next up is A Christmas Malice by John Bainbridge.  I've not read anything by this author before.

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I'm currently reading Snow in Love: Four Stories by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman and Kasie West. Today it's 5 December, which is Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. We don't celebrate it anymore, but in honour of it I am planning on reading a Sinterklaas-themed children's book later after I finish reading the first short story in Snow in Love.

 

I hope you enjoy your mystery and your Christmas themed book :).

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Have just finished East West Street by Philippe Sands, an absolutely phenomenal piece of writing/history, one of the most powerful books I've read in a very long while.  It may seem odd, but I hesitate to give it 6 stars, i.e. 'favourite' status, simply because I'm not sure I can regard it as a 'favourite', mainly because I doubt I'll bring myself to read it again; it's not traumatic, just demanding (in a good way!), and I'm not sure it'll carry quite the same weight another time around.  Needs sitting on, as it's not often that a book is almost 'too good' to be a favourite.  Whatever, what a book!

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Finished off Antoine Laurain's shortie, The President's Hat this morning. I've been reading it on the Kindle at bedtime, but got to the point where I wanted a good run at it to finish off.  Lightweight, very easy read, gently inconsequential, a nice counterpoint to my other reading lately.  The reading club questions provided at the back seem a bit pretentious for what seems to be a pretty straightforward tale.  Fun though.  3 stars.

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Picked up Artemis by Andy Weir last night. I never read The Martian but I have seen the movie which I thought was pretty good. Quite a few people I know really enjoyed reading The Martian so I thought id give Weir a go. I'm about 100 pages into it and its ok but nothing special so far.

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9 hours ago, Brian. said:

I never read The Martian but I have seen the movie which I thought was pretty good.

We went to see it with offspring, a physicist, who was quite impressed with the accuracy of the science. Just one dodgy moment, but, even then, possible. Unlike Gravity which he said was good fun, but totally implausible!

 

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Yeah Gravity was fairly bonkers. I finished Artemis, I'll do a proper review in a few days but to sum it up. Meh! It was a quick read and I got on with it fine but it was pretty unremarkable.

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I've just finished A Christmas Malice.  The festive atmosphere and the characters were great; the punctuation, not so much.  It needed more commas.  Still, for a self-published work it was a fine read.

 

I'm just about to start Jerusalem Inn by Martha Grimes; the last of my Christmas-themed reads for the year. 

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On 12/7/2018 at 12:04 PM, Brian. said:

Picked up Artemis by Andy Weir last night. I never read The Martian but I have seen the movie which I thought was pretty good. Quite a few people I know really enjoyed reading The Martian so I thought id give Weir a go. I'm about 100 pages into it and its ok but nothing special so far.

 

I haven't read Artemis but from what I've seen, people (the ones I follow/watch online) really liked The Martian but they liked Artemis not as much. I really liked The Martian, both the book and the movie.

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