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  1. I'm getting quite a bit of audio listening done as we cycle through ongoing prep for viewers to come through our home here. Currently istening to: Kim ~ Rudyard Kipling, narrated by Madhav Sharma (classic) This audiobook is a gem, the blend of narrator and story is perfect The Good Pilot, Peter Woodhouse ~ Alexander McCall Smith, narrated by Rupert Degas (WWII or “Scottish” author) Completed: Songbird: A Kings Lake Investigation Bk1 ~ Peter Grainger, narrated by Gildart Jackson (5) I initially thought this was going to be a crime case surrounding rape and then murder which generated a cautious hesitant beginning for – too much detailing in that direction and I’m done. (Some of the investigating and the discussion during the autopsy is detailed concerning private body parts and fluid). There is no rape involved in this murder mystery. (Extra: Some mention of; infertility, IVF treatments, and, bipolar personalities. Some profanity, two f b.bombs. Husband committing adultery - the guy is a prat even without that). Fuller review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3035354903 Playing with Matches: Coming of Age in Hitler's Germany ~ Lee Strauss (audio) (3) YA WWII I think this is one story that I would have enjoyed more by physically reading it; it felt like the narrator was reading ‘down’ to his audience. Fuller review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2747422948 Bodies from the Library: Selected Lost Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Masters of the Golden Age ~ Tony Medawar (3-) The stories I like best. The Man With the Twisted Thumb ~ Anthony Berkeley (4) The Starting-Handle Murder ~ Roy Vickers (4) Fuller review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2582758739 The English Spy ~ Daniel Silva, narrated by George Guidall Perhaps Daniel Silva should have called this “The Rogue Irish Assassin”. I’ve been reading more Silva books than I ever would have due to our BaW whodunit spelling challenge this year. After this book, I’m content to count Gabriel Allon and I as done…. George Guidall’s narration, as always, is brilliant and made this story a riveting listen. I always feel so sorry for Gabriel’s abandoned (!!!!!) ex-wife, no matter how Silva tries to explain his way around this scenario - definitely disturbing aspect to the series. Has violence induces interrogation sessions, and, f.bombs. Fuller review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2645861732
  2. @Negin I appreciate you review of the Berry book (he's an author I haven't read yet). LOVE your travel pictures. Jacaranda's are beautiful, aren't they. (They come in to full display down here in NZ in January.) ETA: Post diagnosis. Hoping, and praying, you can find relief and healing - constant pain is so debilitating. Look forward to browsing through all the links you've shared @Robin M (non-fiction is a loved genre), and @Kareni (good to see you had a lovely time with your friend and to see you back, here, at the end of last weeks chat). Linesman, @mumto2, I just had to join in 😉 ... Bk 3, Confluence is my favourite too, (but I had to have read the other two books first to get there. Really like Bk1 too; Bk2 not so much)
  3. I haven't encountered that about audiobooks (that's disappointing for us a audio lenders)... guess our library network, down here, will catch up with letting us know that. I had encountered these articles online about ebooks https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/80758-after-tor-experiment-macmillan-expands-embargo-on-library-e-books.html then recently https://www.npr.org/2019/11/01/775150979/you-may-have-to-wait-to-borrow-a-new-e-book-from-the-library There is a good chunk of literature, typed and audio, we already can't purchase electronically due to 'location', yet sometimes our library is able to. (As a trivial extra, an Amazon Kindle will not allow us to read any books we loan via the library Overdrive , we have to read via a phone or an e.reader.) The audio, beneath. Are you enjoying it?
  4. I do vote if I've read a book and enjoyed it; and, I don't feel badly about voting for what I have read as usually, like this year, I have not read even one of the books Goodreads is offering up as 'best read' options .... (if I do read a new-to-print book, it's not one that is on any goodreads list).
  5. Having a wishlist to cover spelling those tricky letters sure helps 😄 (I'm trying to archive letter 'e's for later.) *** Q: Wondering if anyone here has read Hazards in Hampshire by Emma Dakin ? *** Completed Fire in the Thatch: Robert MacDonald Bk27 ~ E.C.R. Lorac (4) (pub 1946. Setting, Devonshire during WWII). Though it took me a little while to settle into Kris Dyer's narration, this worked out to be an enjoyable, easy, listen. If you like mystery stories with cleverly worded dialogue, quite a lot of dialogue, like I do, then this is pleasurable, low key, listening at it’s best. It’s the first time I’ve encountered Chief Inspector Robert MacDonald and I’m keen to read more of the cases he solves. Lorac gives clues so that I worked out the position the whodunit character filled, but not their name until very late in the book.
  6. Completed four of my 10x10 challenges. The first three categories were a challenge to read as I really wanted to meet my self-imposed guidelines. I don't think I'll try to do another christian fiction challenge, I ditched so many books trying to read titles I could get via the library or cheaply via amazon/audible. Christian / Religious Fiction (10 of 10) no author repeats, only use 2 books max in dual categories A.D. 33: A.D. Series, Bk2 ~ Ted Dekker, narrated by Ellen Archer (3) The Divine Comedy ~ Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator), narrated by: Charlton Griffin (4) This was a sip read I began in April 2017 (review) A Name Unknown: Shadows Over England Bk1 ~ Roseanna M. White, narrated by Liz Pearce (3) Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi ~ Augustine Institute , Dr. Tim Gray, Paul McCusker Audible Drama (3+) The Last Year of the War ~ Susan Meissner (3+) A Shameful Murder: Reverend Mother Bk1 ~ Cora Harrison, narrated by Rosalyn Landor (3) (Catholic based) Return to Me: The Restoration Chronicles Bk1 ~ Lynn Austin (3.5) & Israel The Maid of Fairbourne Hall ~ Julie Klassen, narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki (3) (cc) The Goliath Code: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller ~ Suzanne Leonhard, Gabrielle de Cuir (5) Some Danger Involved: Barker & Llewelyn Bk1 ~ Will Thomas, narrated by Antony Ferguson (4-) cc/Judaism Chunkster ½ of 10x10 (5 of 5) can’t be a classic Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell ~ Susanna Clarke, narrated by Simon Prebble (5) The Luminaries ~ Eleanor Catton (4-) & NZ House of Spies: Gabriel Allon Bk17 ~ Daniel Silva, narrated by George Guidall (2-3) The Goblin Emperor ~ Katherine Addison (kindle) ( 4+) new author (512pgs) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle ~ Stuart Turton (519pgs) (3.5) new author Israel ½ of 10x10 (5 of 5) no author repeats A.D. 30: A.D. Series Bk1 ~ Ted Dekker (4) 576 pgs Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel ~ Matti Friedman, narrated by Simon Vance (NF) (3++) Return to Me: The Restoration Chronicles Bk1 ~ Lynn Austin (3.5) The New Girl: Gabriel Allon Bk19 ~ Daniel da Silva (epukapuka) (3) Unshaken: Lineage of Grace Bk3 (Ruth) ~ Francine Rivers (4) Downunder, Locale or Author (10 of 10) no author repeats, only use 2 books max in dual categories Being Maori Chinese: Mixed Identities ~ Manying Ip (N/F NZ) (3+) Arawata Bill: The Story of Legendary Gold Prospector William James O'Leary ~ Ian Dougherty (N/F NZ) (3) Don't Stop Believin' ~ Olivia Newton-John (N/F Aus) (3-) The Christmas Card Crime ~ Donald Stuart , narrated by Gordon Griffin (Aust) (3-) The Luminaries ~ Eleanor Catton (NZ) (4-) & Chunkster Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh, narrated by Philip Franks (NZ) (4) The Note Through the Wire ~ Doug Gold (N/F NZ) (4.5) The Land Girls ~ Victoria Purman, narrated by Jennifer Vuletic (Aust) (4.25) Bony and the Kelly Gang: Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Bk25 ~ Arthur W. Upfield, narrated by Peter Hosking (Aust) (4) Medic on the Move: Even Further Adventures of a Scottish Country Doctor, Bk3 ~ Dr Tom Smith (NZ travelogue) (3)
  7. Straight to books. Listening to: Songbird: A Kings Lake Investigation Bk1 ~ Peter Grainger, narrated by Gildart Jackson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47951040-songbird (this one is right on the edge of what I can read. The investigation is post rape.) Kim ~ Rudyard Kipling, narrated by Madhav Sharma (classic) Completed: The Spanish Bride ~ Georgette Heyer (499pgs) (5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2766242187 The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle ~ Stuart Turton (519pgs) (3.5) new author https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2821455496 Some Danger Involved: Barker & Llewelyn Bk1 ~ Will Thomas , narrated by Antony Ferguson (4-) cc / Judaism https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2642481505 Miss Mackenzie ~ Anthony Trollope (audio) (5) Classic author. Kindle (4) and BBC dramatised audio (5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3011575885
  8. Love the photos @Negin (that cobbled street just begs to be walked up!). The Importance of Being Ernest is one of my family's book- to-movie favourites. Well done on completing another 10x10 mumto2. The above book, I started it but couldn't find enough enjoyment to continue with it. What did you think of it? @Kareni you'll be missed here: have a lovely time away visiting your friend. Thanks for another great thread @Robin M....
  9. Posting first, back to catch up with the thread later in the week. Completed: Along with completing Unshaken: Lineage of Grace Bk3 (Ruth) by Francine Rivers, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (4) (goodreads review for anyone interested) I'm counting Novembers spelling challenge as completed too . I've been trying to finish the Toby part, but my letter 'y' is a printed read which I may not finish this year: God is Good for You P= Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station: Bk6 ~ Dorothy Gilman, narrated by Barbara Rosenbladt (4) relisten E= Trouble at Rose Cottage: Tumtum and Nutmeg Bk7 ~ Emily Bearn, narrated by Bill Wallis (5) Juvenile fict T= Traitor's Purse: Albert Campion Bk11 ~ Margery Allingham (4) vintage mystery E= Medic on the Move: Even Further Adventures of a Scottish Country Doctor, Bk3 ~ Dr Tom Smith (audiobook) (3) Scots author/ incs NZ travelogue R= The Winslow Boy ~ Terence Rattigan (Classic Radio Theatre) (5) classic play S= Dancing in the Dark: Bk 18 ~ Stuart M. Kaminsky, narrator Jim Meskimen (3-) new author New to my reading pile: I've just started Fire in the Thatch: A Devon Mystery (Robert MacDonald #27) by E.C.R. Lorac, and it's a good audio/read so far.
  10. It is. Thanks to the springboard @Kareni and yourself provided with that elusive letter 'e' vintage author, I think I'm going to try an Edmund Crispin and E.C.R. Lorac I will do. Yes, we're staying in the same town (makes things so much easier). Adding my thanks here too, for the links you share each week; and, for mentioning that book, it has become one of my favourites for this year. You're review is just confirming why I don't feel inclined to listen to that book in the series. Here's my review for At Home in Thrush Green Bk8... Dorothy Watson is not a favourite Thrush Green dweller for me, and she features quite a bit in this book along with her annoying brother and his wife, so that made this a barely 3 star read for me.
  11. I’ve finally managed to complete July’s reading challenge, as I’ve already shared the other titles read to spell David Small, I'll just post the Rabbi portion: R= At Home in Thrush Green, Bk8 ~ Miss Read A= Flowers for the Judge: Albert Campion Bk7 ~ Margery Allingham B= A Blunt Instrument ~ Georgette Heyer, narrated by Uli Burve B= Bony and the Kelly Gang: Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Bk25 ~ Arthur W. Upfield, narrated by Peter Hosking (Vintage. Australia) I= I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships ~ Michael S. Sorensen
  12. Thank you @mumto2 and @Kareni for helping with my elusive, mystery, author - none of those seem to fit with what I think, now, I may be mis-remembering; however, from what you've posted upthread , you've gifted me some new books/authors to try. 'e' seems to one of my hardest letters to find fiction books I feel like reading this year. The letter 'y' is worse 😜 On the 'e' spelling challenge, after so many of you mentioned enjoying/reading it, and then @Pen giving it a spooky reads boost I finally started The Seven and 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle on audio this week: it's rather good, and suspense filled enough for me. Good to read that your pit has become a maker! Thank for gifting those thoughts our way @Robin M. It looks like we may (?) be moving home, and business office, into our rather unfinished house soon. (Which we think has more going for it, than against it.)
  13. Q: Would anyone remember a mystery series mentioned a good while back, which I think was either historic or vintage and the authors (surname?) name began with "e"? (Pass, is a good answer too. I've tried to look back through the threads 🙃 to find it ....)
  14. To books first, then back to reading this new thread next. I wanted to get started on these next three books early, I want to count them for next months spelling challenge, as life in November is looking like it could get beyond busy. (Knowing that Robin has finished their money pit is encouraging for us as Dh works on ours.) I currently reading/listening to: Bodies from the Library: Selected Lost Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Masters of the Golden Age ~ Tony Medawar, Some Danger Involved: Barker & Llewelyn Bk1 ~ Will Thomas , narrated by Antony Ferguson, and, The Spanish Bride ~ Georgette Heyer, narrated by (?) I’m actually enjoying this historical fiction, which is heavy on the history. ETA: the sacred challenge for this week is enticing....... Completed: Medic on the Move: Even Further Adventures of a Scottish Country Doctor, Bk3 ~ Dr Tom Smith (audiobook) (3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3013228816 Suffering Is Never for Nothing ~ Elisabeth Elliot N/F (cc) kindle book (5) Some books touch me at such a deep level that when it’s time to try and pen a review and convey that, it isn’t very successful.
  15. For others that (also) like to keep abreast with juvenile fiction , Trouble at Rose Cottage: Tumtum and Nutmeg Bk7 ~ Emily Bearn was a wonderful story. I listened to Bill Wallis (sped up slightly) narrate this charming tale, which I think added an extra edge to the enjoyment. I'm an appreciator of books like The Littles, The Borrowers, Ralph S. Mouse, and Brambly Hedge, this story has shades of each of those in it. I'm currently listening to The Goliath Code and enjoying it. (Christian content. Some swearing).
  16. Well done on that epic listen (which I wished/felt like it could have continued on longer) such a good story . Audio isn't an option we can get down here. Are your reading or listening? My DS & I enjoyed the audiobook of this title .... this book gives the wool presses here a whole new look. It looks like it's one of those books that is either loved or not: adding it to my want to try list 🙂 @aggieamy, Danger Point is a Patricia Wentworth title I'm hoping audible will make available . Even more so now that you've enjoyed it.
  17. Thank you Robin for creating these enjoyable thread topics each week. (Hoping things have settled somewhat for you and your family?) I rather enjoy haiku poetry, much to my Dc's consternation😋 ** Straight to books completed ..... I’ve counted these next two as one read as they are both shorter, classic, works. The Winslow Boy ~ Terence Rattigan (Classic Radio Theatre) (5) The execution of this play is so well done. The Canterville Ghost ~ Oscar Wilde, Narrated by Rupert Degas (5) The spooking in this tale becomes reversed 🙂 and creates a charming, clever, and rather fun listen. With Robert Degas as the narrator, this is one "spooky" classic that I could have easily listened to with my, then, pre-teen children. I’m trying to make my way through select juvenile fiction books this year and When the Sea Turned to Silver ~ Grace Lin (audiobook) (3) is one of that selection. I enjoyed Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky more than this title. I just couldn't seem to find my listening groove with this story. Still good, but just not as good as the other two. I’m keen to have another read through the LOTR series now that I’ve completed The Silmarillion ~ J.R.R. Tolkien Book & Audio (4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2258324953
  18. Love the photos @Negin and your new avatar picture 🥰
  19. Posting first and hoping to get back to read through the thread (and link hop) tomorrow night. I’ve quietly unhooked myself from The K Brothers- Dostoevsky. I’m counting that book as tried; I made it through 47% of the story after switching to audio <snort n grin> it didn’t help much. I even tried to watch the Russian film on youtube to spark some interest to keep listening …. At this point in my life, I think I’ll have to remain as a one title reader for Dostoevsky. Currently reading/listening to: The Canterville Ghost ~ Oscar Wilde, Narrated by Rupert Degas (Classic. Spooky October) The Silmarillion ~ J.R.R. Tolkien Suffering Is Never for Nothing ~ Elisabeth Elliot N/F (cc) kindle The Nonesuch ~ Georgette Heyer, narrated by Eve Matheson (repeat list for G.H book challenge) Completed: Dancing in the Dark: Bk 18 ~ Stuart M. Kaminsky, narrator Jim Meskimen (3-) new author. Not quite what I was expecting.... Giving a special note to the manuscript/family story Toby’s landlady is writing - it's so badly written that it’s laugh-out-loud funny! Just ignore this link to my review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2821456803 if you love this book. Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha: Bk7 ~ Dorothy Gilman, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (4) repeat listen. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2997996295 Traitor's Purse: Albert Campion Bk11 ~ Margery Allingham, narrated by Philip Franks (abridged audio version) (4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2591600372
  20. @Violet Crown The K Brothers ..... ( I must need to be more spiritual, or something, too) Congratulations!!! on completing September's spelling challenge @mumto2 ( thirty nine steps is a loved family read here, so fun to see that in your mix. Are you reading for "Scotland" still, too? Love the pictures you posted. Thank you. ( I popped on here to see if you'd posted any).
  21. I'm looking forward to starting my first introduction into Toby Peters world, via the audiobook of Dancing in the Dark Quick update on The Silmarillion by Tolkien, I think this work is beautiful, it reads like a biblical styled myth and is not a book I'm able to 'plow through' as I'm needing to pause and reflect on the biblical and mythological parallels Tolkien seems to have penned (I've chosen to read and listen which I think, probably fancifully, adds that layer of a "Legend" being passed on). This is one of my Ds favourite books and he's so pleased that I'm appreciating it too. The Karamazov Brothers is not going that well, perhaps I should have stopped with Crime and Punishment? 😉
  22. I haven't but I'm interested to see what happens next. I'm sure you'll enjoy them. They're both good! (Thanks to @Kareni Linesman, bks 1 & 3, have become another definitely going-to-read again series .) @Violet Crown thank you 🌼for typing up your thoughts on Becky Sharpe, and , Vanity Fair. I'll refer to again before I start a re-read (pastes it into reading file) ... which definitely does not have illustrations . Love the terminology! ( I think that means I'm triple dipping at the moment with audios.) Looking forward to your final reviews of the Kurlansky book, and, Gossip From Thrush Green: that is one of the Thrush Green titles I haven't read or listened to yet, I keep side stepping it...
  23. This post is lengthy, as I'm posting my books read during September. It's term break here, so I'm going to try and carve out space to do some more catching up on the BaW threads. We’re racing towards summer here, and the end of highschooling my dd, and then Christmas: I’m hoping that Christmas break will gift me with time to complete a few books I haven’t made space to get to, or back to this year. Reading /listening to: I'm still working on completing spelling Rabbi in July's(?) whodunit challenge. Finally started Silmarillion ~ Tolkien, I've been trying to get to that book for ages. Also listening to Sweet Danger by Margaret Allingham, relistening to Mrs Pollifax on the China Station narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, and, buddy reading The Brothers Karamazov with Ds. Completed: Septembers whodunit spelling challenge (Darko Dawson) 113: O= 25/08 – 3/09 One Pair of Hands ~ Monica Dickens, narrated by Carole Boyd (4-) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2852438924 114: D= Confluence: Linesman Bk3 ~ S. K. Dunstall, narrated by Brian Hutchison (5) Space Opera https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2958883002 115: O= The Eleventh Orphan: Elfie and Joe Bk1 ~ Joan Lingard, narrated by Diana Bishop (5) London new author https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2615729579?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 116: S= The Read-Aloud Family ~ Sarah Mackenzie (5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2240174220 117: R= The Howards of Caxley ~ Miss Read, narrated by June Barrie (4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2820709386 118: A= The Autobiography of Peter Cartwright ~ Peter Cartwright (3) (amazon ebook) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2643811459 119: N= The New Girl: Gabriel Allon Bk19 ~ Daniel da Silva (epukapuka) (3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2951686674 120a: The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color. Techniques for Using Watercolor and Color Media on the Go ~ Shari Blaukopf (5) 112pgs This is one art handbook I'd really like to own, just the artwork in it is lovely, and then add the technique helps and instructions .... I'm keen to give some of the challenges a try out of this book (Shari lifts 25 in total). 120b: A= Inside Out & Back Again ~ Thanhha Lai (5) Juvenile fict verse novel (epukapuka) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2971798115 121: K= Katherine Wentworth: Katherine Bk1 ~ D. E. Stevenson, narrated by Leslie Mackie (5) (Scotland) 122: D= Mrs. Pollifax on Safari: Bk5 ~ Dorothy Gilman, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (4) repeat listen. 123: K= Katherine’s Marriage: Katherine Bk2 ~ D. E. Stevenson (4+) (Scotland) Still really enjoyable, but I didn’t find this as charming as the first book – perhaps it had too much of Zilla in it. 124: I= I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships ~ Michael S. Sorensen (3) 125: A= Flowers for the Judge: Albert Campion Bk7 ~ Margery Allingham, narrated by Peter Franks (4.5) 126: 20/9 – 24/09 R= At Home in Thrush Green, Bk8 ~ Miss Read (3-) Dorothy is not a favourite Thrush Green dweller for me, and she features quite a bit in this book along with her annoying brother and his wife, so that made this a barely 3 star read for me. 127: 22/09- 26/09 The Goblin Emperor ~ Katherine Addison (kindle) ( 4+) new author https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2858727812 128: 19/09 – 28/09 B= A Blunt Instrument ~ Georgette Heyer, narrated by Uli Burve (2+) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2987231983
  24. @Robin M hope your can get some rest and regroup in after your (long haul) efforts. Well done, and to James too, so good to read . @aggieamy seconding @Violet Crown greeting and suggestion. (VC I think I need to go back and see if you've been discussing Vanity Fair - it's one title I want to re-read at some point as my first go through as a young adult wasn't a success) Both my dc liked this, my Ds more so than Dd. (It's a favourite of mine) Well done! Looking forward to seeing the titles you used to spell that. Love the beautiful pictures that you (and @Negin) shared last week. Thank you both for making the effort to share them. @MothersweetsDaphne is adorable 😍
  25. Posting so I can come back and find this book sharing thread easily❤️ A title I've recommended to quite a few people, and I don't think has been mentioned yet, is already a TWTM favourite: News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Most other titles I enjoy I'd only recommend to someone I think may appreciate it.)
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