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Jan. 15th, 2010 10:56 pm
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It is, I am reliably informed, very sad that my idea of a fun evening is pottering about adding more of our books to LibraryThing after I've spent the day at work. In a library.

Periodically I have these bursts of enthusiasm and add another bookshelf to LibraryThing, one of these days I will have added all our books. :-)
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I'm reading a very enjoyable historical crime novel at the moment, The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin. It's the second in a series featuring Adelia Aguilar, a graduate of the School of Medicine in Salerno, set in 12th century England. I haven't read the first one but it doesn't make any difference, it's easy to get the background. Interestingly, I've just discovered that Ariana Franklin is a pseudonym for Diana Norman. Recently I went looking because I thought it had been a while since I'd seen any new books by Norman. I only checked one of the British books in print databases, though, so never came across a reference to her new publications under the Franklin name.

I've got a week off work coming up so I'm looking forward to catching up on some of the pile of books beside the bed. And the pile on the living room shelves. And the landing shelf. And there's a few in the car too, I seem to remember...ah, bliss.

Last night I finished P.D. Martin's first novel, Body Count. A bit gruesome in places, and I'm not very good at doing gory at the moment, but fast paced and an easy read. It wasn't as predictable as I feared, either. I was convinced that I'd spotted who the killer was very early on, but I was proved wrong at the end.

Recently I've had a pleasant re-read of Maeve Binchy's The Glass Lake and that was just what I was in the mood for at the time, familiar comfort reading.

I finally read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I remember borrowing it when we first bought it for the library back in 2002 but I never got into it. On the recommendation of B at wotrk I took it out again recently, and this time I flew through it. It was fascinating, and so beautifully written. It reminded me quite a bit of To Kill A Mockingbird. It didn't have quite the same feeling of innocence, but there were large similarities between the characters of Atticus and August. A sense of widsom, and calmness and tolerance, and the ability to teach without preaching.
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Finished Harry Potter. Now David can have it so we can discuss it when he's finished. Our child has been left to her own entertainment devices - though I did offer to read her bits of the book aloud ;-)

He had bought it for me by the time I got up this morning and kindly left me read it first. He did read the last word but not the ending.

Oops

Apr. 21st, 2007 10:55 pm
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Recently our Bok of the Month collection caught my eye so I borrowed a copy of the book. It's by Christie DickasonThe Firemaster's Mistrsss. I've had it at home for a couple of weeks now so when I finished reading another book the other night I started this. It was really gripping, quite quickly, and I wanted to get on with it so i took it up to read in the bath. Bet you can see where this is going...it was actually [livejournal.com profile] whirlywitchette's bath but she asked me to get in too, so i sat in and read while it was running and she threw bubbles at her bath toys. She hopped in when it was full she played. I thought I'd better put the book to one side in case it fell in the water, I moved, she moved, we crashed, book fell in. Oops. It was almost brand new, it hasn't been out more than twice. Trust the library staff member to pick the nicest copy to read. I will pay for its replacement if it's still bubbly and bobbly and misshapen when I take it out from under the heavy pile of books that have been flattening it for 3 nights. I think I might even finish it now - i was most disgusted by the fact that I was engrossed in the story and had to put it aside!

I did read two wonderful Margaret Frazer books instead, the first two books of a series featuring mediaeval player, Joliffe and the acting company to which he belongs. Historical fiction is just suiting my mood at the moment.
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I have taken this week off as annual leave as it's Roisin's birthday on Friday. Not that I really needed an excuse, it was feeling like time for a break and a getaway from work for a little while. It's been fine lately, if not particulary challenging, but that's mosly due to the fact that I've been at quieter branches.

David is in the middle of a project on Roisin's room. He is building a storage area and shelves for the end of the bed. it's a funny, small room with a sloped area at the end of the bed, near the door, and it's dead space. Some neat storage with a hinged lid which will provide a flat surface for drawing etc will do wonders for the room. I hope. It should mean that we can get it a bit tidier. The living room needs a blitz as well but that seems like an overwhelming task. Must sort out some clothes to give to the charity shop as I just don't have enough storage space. It's not like I have mountains of clothing, either!

In preparation for putting the books on the new bookshelves, I carted all R's books down to the living room yesterday and put them on LibraryThing. It did nothign for the chaos in the living roombut gave me great satisfaction. It is very sad that I thorouhly enjoyed doing it, I am supposed to be on holiday from that sort of thing! It makes me wish I was working in our Materials section as I love that sort of work. We usually just import cataloguing data though so it's not too exciting.

I want to start all David and my books now. That would definitely need a paid/lifetime account as there's no way in hell we have fewer than 200 books ;-) There turned out to be 105 in Roisin's library. Some of her Thomas board books were part of a set from The Book People or suchlike, I need to manually add the remaining 8. Two of said books suffered from a juice spillage so are not in a good state. I suspect one is unreadable and if so, it's going out. There will be a few more to add when they turn up in the great living room tidy of 2007.

The kitchen reeks of gloss paint now. Even though the door is closed the smell has permeated the whole house. The shelves and box have been painted in white gloss but need another coat before it's all put into place. The odour might make my MIL's visit shorter than usual!

Reading

Dec. 31st, 2006 01:56 pm
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Looking back at the books I've recorded reading this year, I notice I'm in a bit of a rut. Or more accurately, I've almost exclusively read fiction. The vast majority of that is crime fiction, but that doesn't bother me as it is my favourite genre and it's useful for work to have a wide knowledge of a genre. According to my list I haven't read any non fiction, though I didn't keep track of cookery or food books and I have had a few of those from the library. I had a Nigella Lawson fit during the summer and read her books then. It seems a bit odd that I haven't read anything else that isn't fiction, but may well be true. There is usually some sort of history lying about that I dip in and out of, but I frequently don't read books like that all the way through. Often I just flick through a chapter or two and then return to the library. Biographies and autobiographies have never really had much of an attraction for me. There is a newish book about Thomas Hardy that I would like to read, and must track down after the weekend. I also have the memoirs of a lighthouse keeper on loan at the moment and must read soon. I love lighthouses and wish there were still manned lighthouses. That would be a job I would love, I think.

Book meme

Jun. 29th, 2006 11:35 pm
whirligigwitch: (books)
I know I've seen this do the rounds a couple of times but don't know if I've ever done it before.

a) pick up a book which is the closest to you at the moment
b) open page 123
c) find the third sentence
d) post it in your Live Journal (plus the instructions)
e) don't choose the book, just pick up the one closest to you


That gives me )
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The cake that will become, upon decoration, [livejournal.com profile] whirlywitchette's birthday cake is in the oven right now. It looks like it will become a hedgehog, complete with chocolate buttons for spines. Her birthday present has been purchased and she received an advance in the form of a Thomas the Tank Engine book she spotted in Wilkinsons. I'm taking a break from the warm kitchen before going to prepare tonight's dinner which is Beef and Guinness casserole.

Last night I started to read Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I'm not sure what age I was when I first read it, though I know I had two copies, one abridged and one full version. It seems to be that I would have been about 8 when I first read the abridged version. It strikes me as interesting that this copy I am reading, the Penguin Classics version of 1989, contains what I knew as a child as the sequel Good Wives as well as the full Little Women. It seems that in the US Good Wives was just part 2, published about a year later, but in Europe was published as a separate book under a title the author of the introduction thinks Alcott would have hated. It solves a minor mystery that I had forgotten about. Watching Friends one year at university, I can remember an episode in whch Joey is reading Little Women. Somehow he finds out before the fact that Beth dies - this led to much dicussion amongst thos of us watching as no one remembered her dying. I was sure it was in the sequel, but if the sequel is part of the book in the US, it explains it.
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First off, started in August but oddly continued into September. I say oddly because it's the type of book I thought I'd finish in a night even if it was 400-ish pages. Oh, but I've just looked at it and it's 598 pages long. It didn't look that thick! Anyway, it took me three nights, but it was pretty enjoyable. The book is question was Sheila O'Flanagan's My Favourite Goodbye.

Next up was Deborah Crombie's In A Dark House.

The Power of Three - Laura Lippman

Quickly raced through Death in Scorpio by Martha C Lawrence which was enjoyable entertainment.

Mouth of Babes by Stella Duffy

Smoke Screen by Marianne MacDonald

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
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Today I got my day off. As a normal example, I work Monday 9 - 7, Tuesday 9 - 5.40, either Wednesday off then Saturday in/full Wednesday then half-day Friday, Thursday 9 - 7/ 9 - 5, Friday 9 - 1 or 9 - 7, Saturday 9 - 1. I'm working this Saturday but the only day off I could manage to give myself was today, which was a bit of a pain. What I really wanted to do was to have Wednesday off and go to Dublin, but there was no way that was happening. Originally I was supposed to be going to a meeting Wednesday, then that was cancelled but I still worked to cover another gap. The upshot was that I had loads of things to do today. Of course, I got very few of them done!

First on the list was going to the tip, never got there. Would have had to collect all the rubbish up first and that's David's job because I'd chuck things he wants. David was finishing the plastering in [livejournal.com profile] whirlywitchette's room. Rubbish builders who did the house had done a seriously bad job on the walls. When we went to redecorate huge chunks of the wall were coming off. Made for an unusual look ;-)

Didn't do any of the boring things like washing the floor and cleaning the cooker that I intended to do. Instead [livejournal.com profile] whirlywitchette and I went to Borders, to get a magazine for David, Vintage Guitar magazine. Roisin and had a good time playing with the blocks they have in the kiddies' section, then she played with the bead runners and I looked at some children's books. We chose three for her, but when I went to pay for them I thought better of it. She really isn't much into reading, she likes to look at books and play with them, but she won't let me read to her at all, and she hadn't much interest when we were choosing the books. So I started to second guess whether I was really buying the books for her or for me, and whether I could justify buying them in a lean month. I put them back and waited to see if she's get upset, no, she clapped. Bye bye Daisy and the Moon, The Gruffalo's Child and Sharing a Shell!

We went next to Mothercare where [livejournal.com profile] whirlywitchette discovered something she really wanted, a wooden abacus. I bought that for her instead. Returned home with David's magazine, then decided to go out again, this time to the MetroCentre. Had to get new shoes for Roisin. Her not-very-old at all shoes had an unfortunate ducking, didn't dry properly, and were mouldy. It was very embarrassing in Clarks when we took the shoes off, I hadn't realised quite how bad they smelled! But we got new boots, and I will try washing the old ones so she will have two pairs. She had no change in shoe size - typical! They had a much better selection for her this time.

Tonight I fancied having boeuf stroganoff but D doesn't like it much, so we're having pizza from Domino's instead. Now to decide on the type.

It's the last day of September, and I hoped I would finish my current book in time to put it on September's list, but I don't see that happening without 3 hours of solid reading tonight. And that's not going to happen! Yet again I haven't read as much as I'd like, but I have enjoyed everything I did read. No non fiction though, I don't think the Cultural Development Plan, Neighbourhood Strategies or the cookbooks I browse at lunchtime count! [No, I don't read the council plans at lunchtime, that's the cookery books]

Further to my comments above about Roisin not being too keen on books - she is sitting on the sofa at the moment, reading a book. The book is Keeping Watch by Laurie R King, my current read. Despite reading it backwards, she seems to be impressed with it. She is telling me her interpretation with great excitement. Said book was originally published in 2003, in the US, but has only been published in a large print edition here, as her publishers believed that there would be no market for a book with a Vietnam theme here.
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The Distanace Between Us - Maggie O'Farrell
Locked Rooms - Laurie R King
Close Case - Alafair Burke
The Serpent on the Crown - Elizabeth Peters
Under My Skin - Sarah Dunant
The Twelfth Card - Jeffery Deaver
Blackbird House - Ailce Hoffman
Whispers of the Dead - Peter Tremayne
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See Delphi and Die - Lindsey Davis
Banker - Dick Francis
Blood Memory - Greg Iles
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J K Rowling
Murder on the Leviathan - Boris Akunin
The Distant Echo - Val McDermid
Vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult
Faithless by Karin Slaughter
Mortal Fear by Greg Iles
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Books June
Agatha Christie - Sad Cypress
Agatha Christie - Five Little Pigs
Dick Francis - Wild Horses
Dick Francis - 10-lb Penalty
PJ Tracy - Dead Run
Michael Connelly - The Closers
Denise Mina - The Field of Blood
Anne Perry - Long Spoon Lane

Not really a great month for me. Oh, I read more parts of Sears' Baby Book. And some children's fiction - 3 chalet school books to revisit my youth ;-) They were ones I'd never read, I had nearly all as a child but there were about 10 I never got. So I bought them off Ebay and I'll give them to my mother to bring home and put with all the others.

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