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The End Of The Line

Commuting and reading in public places

The Twisted Sword

So another Poldark novel beckons, the ideal companion to get lost within, especially when you are sharing a tram with Mr Tappy Foot and Mr & Mrs Get A Room.  This is the 11th book in the series and details when the Poldark family move to Paris.  It does make me wonder how far they will go with the TV series and if they will film the complete set of books.  Only time will tell, I guess!

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The Loving Cup

Ah, book ten of the Poldark saga (only 2 more to go!) kept me busy on a train ride to Lincoln.  There are such wonderful books to get lost in and cure a book draught where nothing else feels right.  I’ve now resigned myself to the fact I won’t find anything else suitable until I finish this series!

Preparation For The Next Life

This one has been set on my tbr pile since last year, waiting for that right moment to begin.  I anticipated it was going to be another A Little Life, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.  The time of my commute told me that I wasn’t very attached to the characters; an immigrant and an ex soldier, nor his background story and the fact they fall in love.  So it was with sadness I added it to the Oxfam pile.  Beautiful cover though.

The Miller’s Dance

There is something about the characters in the Poldark saga that no matter what happens you want to come back time after time.  Winston Graham is certainly a craftsman in creating this world and although this one is more of a filler type book for the series it still paves the way in building the tension for the rest of the books thereafter.

These books are incredibly good at drawing you in – ideal for any commute and I’m currently pacing myself with the rest of the series as I’m not quite sure what I will do when I come to the end of the books.

Number 9 Dream

It’s been a funny kind of couple of weeks.  The tram system decided to break down for nearly a week which meant a bus journey into work and therefore no reading (the motion of the bus makes me feel ill).  Back on track this week and I decided to break up the last of the Poldark books by diving into David Mitchell.  My relationship with David Mitchell is slightly all over the place.  I love The Bone Clocks and Slade House but have struggled with most of his other books.  My initial thoughts on this are that it’s ok but not sure if I’m enjoying it enough to finish it.

The Angry Tide

So with Poldark currently on the TV, decided to dive into the seventh book, which is the one that will carry on after this series has finished – only to see if Warleggan will get his come uppance!  I’m loving the swash buckling tales – like a grown up Famous Five tale!

The Good Father

After DNF’ing a few books off my shelf recently, I turned to the local library for salvation!  I’ve just read and loved ‘Before The Fall’ by the same author and early signs are that I’m going to feel the same way about this one!  The Good Father tells the story of a Father who’s son shoots the next president and how they deal with the aftermath of this.

One thing I have learnt so far is where the saying ‘your name is mud’ comes from.  Dr Samuel Mudd, the civil-war era surgeon set John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln.  For helping Booth, Mudd was tried as an accomplice and jailed.  His name became a symbol of disgrace, disgust – love it when you learn something new from a book!

The Hunger Trace

Another recommendation from one of my favourite booktubers, @savidgereads.  The Hunger Trace is set in Derbyshire on a wildlife park (based on Riber Castle).  The current owner has died leaving behind three people that were pivotal in his life.  A bit of a slow burner this one, but I’m getting more into it as I go along.

Missing Fay

Don’t you just love it when you walk into your local Oxfam bookshop and you spot a brand new book that you’ve just put on your reading list 😀.

I sat reading this on Friday when a partially sighted man got on the tram and asked me what I was reading and then how did I manage to read on moving transport without feeling ill? Funnily enough the tram is the only mode of transport that I can read on – I do love it when random people strike up a book related conversation with you! 😊

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