What I read: November & December 

  • ‘The Moving Finger’ and ‘A Murder is Announced’ by Agatha Christie 
  • ‘The Map That Changed The World’ by Simon Winchester (counting this as the micro history for Read Harder challenge)
  • ‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet’ by Felicia Day (marking this one as book published in 2015 for RHC and loved it!)
  • ‘1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving’ by C O’Neill Grace & M M Bruchac with the Plimoth Plantation, ‘Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage’ by Plimoth Plantation et al, and ‘Squanto’s Journey’ by J Bruchac (RHC a book about or by someone from an aboriginal culture) 
  • ‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’ and ‘The Complaints’ by Ian Rankin (a joy to return to Rebus’ Edinburgh)

Audiobook wise I’ve almost finished ‘Written in my Own Heart’s Blood’ by Diana Gabaldon – had I not fallen down the Hamilton the Musical rabbit hole it would have been finished weeks ago! 

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What I Read: September & October 

Okay, I got a tad sad when I realized that I wasn’t reading enough to finish the Book Riot Read Harder challenge this year THEN sense kicked in. So what if it takes me longer than a year. So what if I want to read a book that doesn’t fit the criteria. 

So I’m going to take my time, and read around. The most important thing is that I’m reading. Even if I generally get my reading done at 4am after Zoey has had a pee and I can’t get back to sleep. 

So, September-October I read only one book for the Read Harder Challenge and that was ‘The Liar’ by Stephen Fry (a book by someone who identifies LGBTQ). I originally started this book when it was originally published zillion years ago. As much as I LOVE Stephen Fry this book is ridiculously self indulgent, dull and needed a strong editor. It almost put paid to me reading anything ever again BUT I surfaced to read Agatha Christie’s ‘The Body in the Library’ which was also dry but a mercifully short read. 

After that I needed something fun so I dived back in to an Alexander McCall Smith cosy mystery and ‘The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds’. It was cosy medicine! Then I was recommended ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ by M. R. Carey  which was the opposite of McCall Smith. Jarring, brilliant and contained zombies. 

Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge: August

Well, I made it through one book for the Read Harder challenge, three audiobooks last month and an Agatha Christie. Not bad. 

For the Read Harder challenge I read ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ by PD James (this was the book written by someone over 65 yo). It was a slow start but once James got into mystery it really picked up and you could tell she had the upmost respect for the characters. It was lovely to get some closure on some of the characters. 

On the audiobook front I powered through Diana Gabaldon’s ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes’ (6th Outlander book) and at over 40 hours this is no joke. I love the Outlander series so much. I am going to be so sad when fully caught up and waiting for the 9th book to be published. After my Claire and Jamie marathon I needed a change of genre so went to my beloved Agatha Christie. There was a double feature on Audible of ‘The Man in the Brown Suit’ and ‘4:50pm from Paddington’. Emilia Fox read TMITBS and everyone needs to listen to it now. It’s like Christie decided to write fan fiction about her genre. It’s funny and fresh since it’s a relatively neglected book. 4:50pm is read by Joan Hickson so it’s Miss Marple perfection. 

I’d obviously decided that I hadn’t had enough Christie lasts month and went on to read ‘Murder at the Vicarage’. Nice to read the original story’s again. 

Book Riot 2015 Read Harder: February 

Another three challenges completed in February. Hurrah! Go me, reading books in the early morning and a little before I pass out at bedtime. 

An audiobook: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon 

This is the fourth Outlander book. You are either totally addicted to the Claire and Jamie (and Frank and Bree and Roger) saga or not. I’ve been listening to them and they are epic audiobooks. 40 or 50 hours long. You get your money’s worth but getting through them in a month is like having a side job. 

A book recommended by someone else: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This was actually recommended by a few friends. I loved it. Inhaled the words off the page and I’m looking forward to re-reading. Not saying a word about it. 

A book published by an indie press: The Blackhouse by Peter May (published by Quercus)

This Scottish crime book has been on my TBR list for years. Glad I waited as its really good. Set on the island of Lewis with a prodigal policeman coming back to investigate a murder it’s a glimpse into a closed island community. 

On to March and I’m re-reading Jurassic Park at the moment. Brilliant. 

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