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Kicking this one off, as September seems so last week!

 

I actually bought my first paper book in several months yesterday; Andrzej Sapkowski's Sword of Destiny (the second book in the Witcher series, which is actually a second collection of short stories following on from The Last Wish, that I read earlier this year).

 

As with all new authors or book series that I start, the moment I buy and enjoy the first book the *naughty word* publishers (in this case, Gollancz) decide to reissue the series with a new set of covers, so this purchase was justified (in my head, anyway) by my needing to get the old version when I noticed it in my local WHSmiths earlier this week (I'm also justifying it on the grounds that as I fancied reading it and my reading mojo has been so poor recently, I was going to buy it!)

 

I'm now about 30 pages in to the first story and it's pretty good!

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I started the month off by finishing Stasi Wolf by David Young, a bit of a step down compared with his first book in my opinion. This morning I have made a start on Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo. I bought a copy of it earlier this year as I'd had it on my wishlist for a few years but no idea where I heard about it from.

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First book of the month: Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo.  I absolutely loved Girl, Woman, Other - my book of the year for 2019 - and this wasn't a million miles behind.  Maybe not quite a favourite, but Evaristo is rapidly achieving that status as an author.  5* (out of 6).

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Just ordered the new book from David Attenborough A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future from Wordery.

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Finished two books yesterday. Mary Poppins In The Park more fun  adventures with Ms Poppins and the Banks children. 

 

Deenie by Judy Blume. I liked this for the most part. The characters were good but I did not like the main character's mother who I felt was very selfish. The books are very quick paced.

 

I am currently reading Operation Sunshine by Jenny Colgan it is okay. 

 

 

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Finished Raw Spirit by Iain Banks - an exploration of Scottish whisky!  What was written about whisky was interesting, but too much on jolly japes with friends etc on his travels, which overall left me a tad disappointed. 3/6.

 

Moved on to To War with Whitaker by Hermione Ranfurly.

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I'm currently re-reading Zondagskind by Judith Visser. The sequel Zondagsleven has just come out, but before I read it I wanted to re-read the first book Zondagskind. I'm just over halfway through my re-read and I'm loving every page. This book is one of my favourite books and I'm really looking forward to reading the sequel after I finish Zondagskind.

 

Today I started reading Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl 7: Artemis Fowl en het Atlantiscomplex (Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex), which I'm reading together with a friend. We'll be reading a chapter a day (ish) (because my friend is pretty busy with uni studies). I read the first chapter today (and the prologue) and it is interesting.. definitely not what I was expecting (but then I didn't read the synopsis of the book before I started reading, I did that after and well that is some of the stuff that happened so haha).

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Finished To War with Whitaker by Hermione Whitaker late last night - a vividly written diary account of one woman's experience of World War 2 in the Mediterranean theatre.  Sounds a bit unpromising, in fact a great read - definitely a 'hidden gem'.  4 (possibly 5) stars out of 6.

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Bought Kindle versions of Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood by Jasper Rees, and  Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes: words, wit, wisdom, one-liners and rants.

EDIT: it's a grim thought that two of my great heroes/heroines have died, at early ages. :wibbly:

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My reading took a bit of a slump for the last 2ish week but I have managed to finish two books this week, The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Dictator by Robert Harris.

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