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France

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  1. France's reading 2021

    A Madness of Sunshine is a murder mystery set in New Zealand which I downloaded because the reviews promised brilliant scene setting. They're right there, the sense of place is incredible but sadly the story is an absolute mess. Nalani Singh is a very successful romance writer but seems to know little about suspense plotting, or I suspect, about the way the police operate. It doesn't feel real, however if you want to read something that will give an idea of just how beautiful New Zealand is then it's worth giving this book a go. Ink & Sigil is the first in a new series from Kevin Hearne, the author of the Iron Druid series. Al MacBharrais is a sigil agent in Glasgow under a curse that makes anyone he speaks to for too long hate him so he has to communicate by text, nonetheless he still manages to do his job of basicially separating the worlds of faerie and humans and making sure they don't cross over illeagally. It's set in the same world as the Iron Druid books though Atticus and Oberon only have a very brief walk on part, it's written with a very light touch and I enjoyed it thoroughly. If you haven't read any of the Iron Druid books I recommend those, they are huge fun and there's an irresistable telepathic Irish woldhound.
  2. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber
  3. France's reading 2021

    Two easy reads but hugely enjoyable that I finished this week (going through nearly a book a day at the moment) are A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik about a school for magic users where the object is to stay alive long enough to graduate. It's YA but this far from being YA loved it. The other is Ayesha At Last which I'd have never read if I hadn't seen it praised to the hilt on several book blogs. It's a Moslem rom-com set in Toronto based pretty loosely on Pride and Prejudice. Though it's not perfect, there are a couple of really obvious steotypes, t's fresh, funny, zips along at a terrific pace and is a bit of an eye opêner too.
  4. 20, some of them have been very short and I'm obsessively reading at the moment, nothing too tough. I think it's a climb down from several weeks of high stress - my husband had a stroke at Christmas and though we knew he should make a full recovery he wsn't an easy patient!
  5. Has anyone read...?

    I just discovered, buried deep in my unread collection on my Kobo, Eve In Hollywood, a novella sized series of short stories about Eve from the Rules of Civility. It's utterly charming and well worth getting hold of if you can. According to Goodreads he withdrew it in 2016 so he could expand the stories into a novel but apparently it is still available legally on some sites. All I know is that I must have downloaded it from Kobo sometime in 2018/19.
  6. 100 Books Bucket List

    I've read 50 on the list, and maybe a few more, I can't remember if I've actually read them or just talked about them with people who have. I read The Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland when I was 8. It annoys me when these lists include Shakespeare's plays because though a lot of people are familair with Hamlet and Macbeth it's because they've studied them at school or seen the plays, not because they've picked them up voluntarily. Likewise with the lists that include "the Bible", my bible knowledge is pretty good due to having an amazing strip cartoon bible when I was a child and stories like Daniel in the lions' den are fantastic in cartoon form! I've never met anyone though who has genuinely read the whole bible (maybe some theological students do).
  7. France's reading 2021

    I have a feeling that I'm about to give up on The Second Sleep. I normally love Robert Harris's writing (who else can make the election of a pope exciting?) but I'm 200 pages in and it still hasn't caught my interest. Anyone else read it and think it's worth keeping on with?
  8. Fun is exactly the word to describe the Thursday Murder Club. Not deep or meaningful but thoroughly enjoyable. I do hope they don't turn it into a TV series, light hearted books seem to become leaden when translated to the screen.
  9. Read-a-thons 2021

    I don't just start twitching if I don't have something to read at hand, I need to have a sufficiently large TBR pile just in case there's ever a shortage of books. Paper as well as on the ereader - the electricity might go off for several days and I wouldn't be able to charge the Kobo.
  10. Read-a-thons 2021

    I suppose that means I took part too as i did exactly the same (thoroughly enjoyed it too).
  11. Hayley's Reading in 2020

    Whaaaay! Price had dropped this morning, it's in my library!
  12. Hayley's Reading in 2020

    Usually, but not always and they can take a bit of time to catch up. For instance Kindle had Ayesha at Last on special in December, the price dropped on Kobo yesterday! Kobo doesn't always list price matches in their special deals section so I put put anything I'm tracking in my wish list and monitor the price there.
  13. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Kindle UK has Where the Crawdads Sing for 99p today.
  14. Hayley's Reading in 2020

    Of course, I'd always wanted a black cat too but we already had two and three seemed a bit of a crowd.
  15. Hayley's Reading in 2020

    My daughter found him abandoned in the woods when he was about 7 weeks old. I thought we'd be able to find him a home as he's so beautiful and nicknamed him Kevin the Kitten, by the time we realised the French won't adopt black cats the name had stuck!
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