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.
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!
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!
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.
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! 😊
I’m not really a fan of short stories, very rarely do I find a collection where I can connect to the characters and gain everything I look for in a story in a short space of words. But Roald Dahl is the master of short stories, right? Even though I still can’t get my head around the fact that this is the same guy that wrote such fabulous children’s books.
I decided I’m not going to rush these and will read and appreciate the stories at a slower pace – loving the fact that this collection includes the one where the woman kills her husband with a lamb chop and then serves it up for the Police!
I’m currently watching and cringing at The Handmaid’s Tale – anyone else finding it really difficult to watch? Anyways, I’ve struggled in the past with other Atwood novels, but decided to give this one a go. I was okay with the first third of the book until magical realism took hold (not a great fan!). I probably will read the rest of the triology at some point, but won’t rush (especially seeing the size of the next one in the series).
In between sessions at this year’s Derby Book Festival, I decided that a lighter book may be easier to carry around with me all day! Sat in The Quad at Derby, I began the story of Kick Kennedy, the favourite sister of JFK and look forward to hearing all about her at next week’s afternoon tea with the author.
Libraries are wonderful things, especially when they have a constant supply of books on your to be read list! A massive tomb of over 700 pages, this one may take me a little while; but Stephen King’s son’s portrayal of a society where people are spontaneously burning has me hooked!