What I read: August and September 

Hello, my friends. I’d love to tell you that my blogging silence has been because I’ve been reading all the books but I’ve just been knackered. I emerge from the summer and early fall slightly less knackered. Is it the yoga, is it the iron supplements or is it having had a visit from my mum?

Anyway, books. Way back in August I reset the font on my kindle to a dyslexic font and it is the bees knees. So much easier to read that in August I read three books! 

  • Deep South by Paul Theroux
  • Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear
  • At Betram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie 

All three were excellent in their own ways. Come September I started Battle Cry Freedom, and I’m still reading it. I ended up alternating chapters of BCF and Nemisis by Agatha Christie. So far on my reading of all the Miss Marples this one is my favorite, mainly because Miss Marple has to content with a nasty case of mansplaining. 

On the audiobook front I finished A Career of Evil by Robert “JK Rowling”Galbraith and Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. I got the octopus book because of my two not-so-little octonauts, and I was practically in tears. Octopuses are so smart, and love escaping. I won’t look at them in the aquarium in quite the same light. 

What I read: July 

Only two books read in July, but that’s way better than reading no books! 

I made it to the Carribean with Miss Marple and The Carribean Mystery, and hung out with a sanitation worker in The Bees by Laline Paull. The Bees is a weird and wonderful novel set in a hive with the hierarchy of bees. 

On the audiobook front I’m still hanging on to Strike and listened to The Silkworm. Love catching all the clues the second time around. 

What I Read: April & May

Friends, for whatever reason May was a tough month. Maybe it was the weather maybe it’s just how life is but new month tomorrow so fresh starts again. 

I’ve actually read quite a few books in the last two months. April saw me finally finishing Team of Rivals, rewarding myself with 4:50 From Paddington (possibly my favorite Agatha Christie) and reading my first Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) Cuckoo’s Calling. Oh my word how much did I love Cuckoo’s Calling? I love the characters and I want a zillion Cormoran Strike novels. 

In May I sped read the other two Cormoran Strike novels: The Silkworm and Career of Evil. How much did I enjoy more adventures with Cormoran and his girl Friday Robin? I sucked the words off the pages and bathed in them. I’ve now got three friends and my dad reading the books. Spread the word! 

I had such a Cormoran & Robin hangover it has taken me most of May to read The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side by Agatha Christie. I did not enjoy this Miss Marple. 

On the audiobook front I tried to finish Clear and Present Danager (worst narrator ever) but I had to abandon it mid-May to listen to Cuckoo’s Calling (great narrator) because I was jonesing for more Strike (and I’m trying to find the clues). 

Not sure what I’ll be reading in June. 

What I read: March 

As Alex is putting the Pingus to bed I shall catch up with some blog-post-keeping. March wasn’t too bad a month for reading given that we were getting over travel, Zoey got sick and I’m trying to read ‘Team of Rivals’.

Books

‘A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery’ by Jacqueline Winspear 

Not bad. It’s the umpteenth book in the series and Winspear has shaken things up and dropped some of the supporting characters.  No spoilers but if you’ve stuck with this series thus far you will feel rewarded. 

‘A Pocketful of Rye’ by Agatha Christie

She’s getting better. Each Miss Marple mystery is better than the last. When you read her sequentially you realize she has a habit of taking a stock character from one book and developing them a bit more in the next one. She had a lot of books to churn out so we can forgive her. 

‘Team of Rivals’ by Doria Kearne Goodwin

I’m still reading this. I got half way through in March and then took a break for Agatha. I’m back now reading with a vengeance because whilst the second half of the book picks up steam I’d like to get back to short and easy mysteries. 

Audiobooks

‘The Saturday Big Tent Wedding’ by Alexander McCall Smith

Standard McCall Smith fare. A fun, cosy mystery and the characters are still holding up. 

‘A Year of Living Dannishly’ by Helen Russell 

This is essentially Bridge Jones goes to Denmark and got a book deal. It’s a skin deep look at what makes Danish society gel together so well. 

And now I’ve finished all the Outlander books it’s back to Jack Ryan in ‘Clear and Present Danger’ read by the worst narrator ever. 

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