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Your Book Activity - April 2019

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It's April already :o!

 

I'm currently reading Niet ongevoelig by Henny Struik, a memoir / information book about autistic women.

 

I should also receive a couple of pre-orders this month :).

 

What's your book activity in April?

 

On 4/1/2019 at 1:26 AM, More reading time required said:

From the kids I got TWoT book 14 (for when I finally get to it) and a new Tad Williams - The Witchwood Crown - which I am quite excited about and from hubby I got Frank Turner's Try This at Home (signed and limited edition with my name listed in the sleeve)

Then I got a voucher from my sister with which I bought If I die before I wake by Emily Koch, Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce, Transcription by Kate Atkinson and The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey.

Finally, for Mother's Day, my kids (husband) took a punt on getting me a new trilogy I'd never heard of - The Shades of Magic trilogy by V E Schwab, which looks very cool.

 

I loved TWoT book 14, I hope you do too when you get to it :). I really liked the Shades of Magic trilogy, I hope you do too! I hope you enjoy all of the books you got :).

 

On 4/1/2019 at 1:26 AM, More reading time required said:

I'm hoping this is the year I really manage to recapture my reading bug! I'll need to - I've got too much to get through now! ^_^

 

I hope 2019 will be the year that will recapture your reading bug :readingtwo::hug:.

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Well, I've just finished The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, and ADORED it.  It was bonkers, brain-twisting, engrossing, and so complex that I thought my brain might pop out of my cranium.  My only minor quibble was with one aspect of the writing style.  The author's similes were hackneyed and creaking -- creaking like an old door-hinge that needed oilingI'll sell you that one, Turton!  That'll be £2.50, please.

 

Now I'm just about to start The Hairdressers of St Tropez by Rupert Everett, which I'm guessing will be another bonkers read, but in an entirely different way. 

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19 hours ago, Onion Budgie said:

Well, I've just finished The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, and ADORED it.  It was bonkers, brain-twisting, engrossing, and so complex that I thought my brain might pop out of my cranium.  My only minor quibble was with one aspect of the writing style.  The author's similes were hackneyed and creaking -- creaking like an old door-hinge that needed oilingI'll sell you that one, Turton!  That'll be £2.50, please.. 

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle! The premise sounds intriguing :).

 

EDIT: I've bumped it up on my wishlist :).

 

I'm currently reading Unbroken: 13 stories starring disabled teens, by a variety of authors. I've read 2 1/2 stories so far. Looking forward to the BCF read-a-thon in a week.

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I've just finished reading 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' by Steig Larsson. I thought it was a good end to the trilogy, if a little long winded at times. Now, I'm about to read 'I Let You Go' by Claire Mackintosh, which was given to me as a present from a friend.

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My reading mojo has pretty much fizzled out completely of late. I was unwell for about 10 days and reading became a chore, and I haven't managed to get back to it properly yet. The next couple of months are going to be very busy, so hopefully my escape route via reading will return soon. :)

 

I have bought a book on the Bayuex Tapestry. We were lucky enough to see the Tapestry a couple of years ago, and whenever I have seen books about it since then I have been quietly buying them - there aren't as many as I would hve imagined. This one was published in 1945. 

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21 hours ago, Chrissy said:

My reading mojo has pretty much fizzled out completely of late. I was unwell for about 10 days and reading became a chore, and I haven't managed to get back to it properly yet. The next couple of months are going to be very busy, so hopefully my escape route via reading will return soon. :)

 

I'm sorry you were feeling unwell for 10 days! I hope reading will give you some relaxing time during the next couple of months :).

 

21 hours ago, Chrissy said:

I have bought a book on the Bayuex Tapestry. We were lucky enough to see the Tapestry a couple of years ago, and whenever I have seen books about it since then I have been quietly buying them - there aren't as many as I would hve imagined. This one was published in 1945. 

 

I looked up this tapestry, it looks and sounds impressive!

 

I've almost finished Unbroken, not sure yet what I'll feel in the mood for once I've finished it.

 

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I finished The Hairdressers of St Tropez by Rupert Everett.  It was (as predicted) absolutely bananas, wonderfully funny, but with a few unexpected and sad twists.  Great stuff.

 

I'll be diving into Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie for the Bank Holiday weekend (and beyond)!

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On 07/04/2019 at 12:00 PM, Chrissy said:

My reading mojo has pretty much fizzled out completely of late. I was unwell for about 10 days and reading became a chore, and I haven't managed to get back to it properly yet. The next couple of months are going to be very busy, so hopefully my escape route via reading will return soon. :)

 

 

I think we all suffer from this now and again.  Just don't force it is all I can suggest.  Hope you recover it soon.

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Completed Allen Drury's Advise and Consent and Georges Simenon's Signed, Picpus - the latter one of the Maigret series.  Reviews on my book thread.  Have now moved on to Andrew Miller's Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, which I'm consuming quite quickly - superbly written.  I'm also dipping into Tim Flannery's Europe: A Natural History, but it's all about the dinosaurs at present, and I'm not overly interested, so am hoping it moves on to more recent times soon!

 

 

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I just started reading The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It is an epic of a book and is over 800 pages long. I am about 15% into the book on my kindle and am really enjoying it. It was rated a book of the month for February on Amazon. A review by Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Priory-Orange-Tree-Samantha-Shannon-ebook/dp/B07DDGX4KY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=samantha+shannon&qid=1556144284&s=books&sr=1-1

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9 hours ago, muggle not said:

I just started reading The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It is an epic of a book and is over 800 pages long. I am about 15% into the book on my kindle and am really enjoying it. It was rated a book of the month for February on Amazon. A review by Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Priory-Orange-Tree-Samantha-Shannon-ebook/dp/B07DDGX4KY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=samantha+shannon&qid=1556144284&s=books&sr=1-1

 

I've heard/read both good and bad reviews of The Priory of the Orange Tree (by people I know/follow). There isn't a medium size paperback available yet and the other paperbook options are huge (ie. hardcover or trade paperback), but I don't know if I'd want it or not as I'm not sure yet if I'd like it. That said the cover really intrigues me. I hope you enjoy the whole book @muggle not, I look forward to hear your thoughts on it when you've finished it :).

 

I finished reading Night of the Living Deed by E. J. Copperman yesterday (book 1 in the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series), but am thinking I might take a break from reading for a few days.

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I just finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, and I really liked it. But it was definitely also a hard read - not just because the book was very long, but also the topics. If you've read it, you know what I mean. But definitely worth it :) 

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Starting reading The Rosie Result ( Don Tillman  #3)  by Graeme Simsion today. I've only read the first chapter, but it's great so far; it's a joy to find the character Don Tillman again.😄

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I hope it's good! I quite liked The Rosie Project but the second book The Rosie Effect I didn't like as much. Will be interested to hear what you think of book 3 :).

 

I haven't actually been reading any book the past few days, but I started reading Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit by Bianca Toeps earlier this afternoon. It's a Dutch autism memoir and I've been looking forward to this one ever since it was announced. It was released in the beginning of this month and I have high hopes that I'll like it. She has a blog which I've been following for a while.

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Finished At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracey Chevalier.  Chevalier is always good, and this was no exception, although by her own high standards, it went a little off the boil for me in the last third as it descended towards the conventional saga, having threatened to challenge as one of her best. 4/6 stars.

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Just about finished Daniel by Henning Mankell.  Not sure what I think about this one.  The writing is just as good as Mankell always is, not sure about the actual storyline.  Since I was so close to finishing I bought Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter to work today and started that.  So far not liking it as much as others of hers.

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