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  1. I ended up with a small gush of holds becoming available, a great problem to have though it has required some juggling and returns, so I’ve ended up starting a few books all at once. I’m enjoying my first few chapters in Becoming Jane Austen ~ Jon Spence, and here are the other titles I’m sip reading from: Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century ~ Ingrid Seward, narrated by Julie Teal (12h 9m) The Diary of a Bookseller ~ Shaun Bythell, narrated by Robin Laing (9h 41m) Even though this doesn’t have super high ratings on Goodreads, so far, 15% in, I’m finding it interesting and entertaining, and discovering titles I’m not familiar with (ie: Any Human Heart ~ John Boyd). Help, I'm Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope ~ Sally Clarkson (256pgs) Emily Dennistoun ~ D. E. Stevenson, narrated by Emma D'Inverno (9h 3m)
  2. So good to see that you enjoyed it!! (I have been wondering if I should start it or let the next person in the loan cue have it.)
  3. For those in autumn, enjoy: it's my favourite season of the year. It is lovely to be in spring time, though, and to see our trees budding and spring bulbs flowering; and, to get out in the sunshine to watch the lambs frolicking about in the paddocks. To books. I'm sorting through my options of what to, try to, read next and thinking I may start either Becoming Jane Austen ~ Jon Spence, or, The Girl from the Channel Islands ~ Jenny Lecoat. Currently listening to these audiobooks and enjoying both of them: Picture Miss Seeton: Bk1 ~ Heron Carvic, narrated by Phyllida Nash (repeat, late night listen) and The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz ~ Erik Larson, narrated by Matt Addis.
  4. I found this interesting: An (NZ) Breakfast show interviewing Imperial College London’s Sir Roy Anderson about rates of vaccination. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6RPnO4zB3xA
  5. So good to read about your Dd’s weddings, @Mothersweets (hoping the pending one goes well for all , for you especially). My heartfelt condolences over your recent loss @LaughingCat (and, to be dealing with your loved one’s pancreatic cancer also. May they continue in their “doing better” trajectory ). ___________________ Because I love, and collect, picture books I’m mentioning Mornings with Monet ~ Barb Rosenstock , illustrations by Mary GrandPré (5 out of 5). The text is engaging and interesting: the artwork is exquisite and makes this picture book a keeper, for me. I’m mostly relistening to familiar authors, Ngaio Marsh mysteries, and, Dorothy Gilman’s books. Other audiobooks completed recently : Simon the Fiddler ~ Paulette Jiles, narrated by Grover Gardner (4 ) (11h 39m) I found Simon’s story, and character, interesting and though there was more profanity than I’d usually endure in an audiobook the writing style is reminiscent of News of the World, just lovely in places; and, I wanted to listen to the end to see what became of Simon and his sweetheart, an indentured governess for Ireland, Doris Mary Aherne. Extra: Other than one character who is noted as having a ‘potty’ mouth, yet is not given airtime in the story to spout his “filth” the cursing is in context and is not excessive. Cursing and religious profanity. Two F-bombs and one ‘n’ word. One bawdy, barroom song. Doris’ employer stalks her. Some sensual/attraction tension - the bedroom door stays shut throughout the entire book. The Keeper of Lost Things ~ Ruth Hogan, narrated by Jane Collingwood and Sandra Duncan (2 ) (8h 35m) The "Lost Things" are mostly all connected to lost lives, lost hopes, lost loves, lost innocence. Pretty much, think of every hard, sad, broken, hurtful thing that can happen to people in life, and it’s in this book. The story is well written, and narrated, yet I found some of the content rather gritty: telling something, nearly, euphemistically doesn’t make it easy to digest (we are (were) in hard lockdown here) so I’m not gifting this book ‘enjoyment/appreciation’ stars. Not a book I’d recommend; however, if you enjoy Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry you’d probably really enjoy this book, though there is more sexually riske/fetish mentions in The Keeper of Lost Things. Extra: f-bombs and profanity.
  6. Appreciating each one for info sharing, and/or, posting in this thread. Thank you.
  7. Avocado chocolate mousee (delicious); and, as already mentioned, guacamole.
  8. ‘Liking’ and posting is giving me ‘there is a problem’ message. If this goes thru, I’m reading posts and liking them 😊
  9. Wow! thank you so much for hunting up those helpful info links. ( I was hoping, sort of, that that massive influx - half a mil people - were a very real contributor to our housing crisis: an estimated 200,000 is still a lot (!) of recent returnees.)
  10. Wondering if you have a link you could please share for that number of kiwis who have definitely moved back to NZ ? (I've tried to google search it, but am not pulling up anything definite just one article that says half a million "could" move back ....)
  11. I'm threads behind in reading so posting a marker "post" here so I can try to keep up with reading, next current threads, and catch up on previous ones. I'm books behind in sharing so will just restart here 😉 30/05 - 31/05 84, Charing Cross Road ~ Helene Hanff, narrators Juliet Stevenson & John Nettles (5/5) Having this book read to me was the perfect way to enjoy these letters: the narrators made the audiobook a pleasure to go through. ( I referred to the book afterwards, for the portions I wanted to revisit. .. I’m now reading the second half of the story, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, in my printed copy.) For me, this book was about a love of literature and beautifully published works, and a genuine friendship that developed between purchaser and procurer/seller, not an romance between Frank and Helene as the film seemed to portray 18-19/06 Summer Half: Barsetshire Bk5 ~ Angela Thirkell, narrated by Penelope Freeman (4/5) I had a few false starts with Summer Half and put it aside and then had another try at giving this Thirkell book a chance. The right frame of mind makes all the difference, what previously felt like a 'silly' book ended up being a witty, humorous read filled with literary references. I really enjoy, Goodreads, Michael Bafford's review of this book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2998185192 Extra: There are a few retro, earlier-era, racially inappropriate mentions in this book. Romances are all clean; though Rose, an immature girl who is described as "so entirely foolish, and [...] so absurdly pretty" has a history of being a serial fiancé. 19/06 - 04/07 A Gentleman in Moscow ~ Amor Towles, narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith (4.5/5) The language usage in this book is a delight to listen to and I was sad to have the book end. The story covers (Count) Alexander Rostov’s house arrest from 1922 to 1964, and interwoven to create an interesting story are the lives of others who step into his confined world. Alexander’s world view covers thoughts ranging across evolution to Christianity, "To what end, he wondered, had the Divine created the stars in heaven to fill a man with feelings of inspiration one day and insignificance the next?” and so many lovely references to literature, and interesting cooking snippets about dishes being prepared. Extra: With the onset of the couples affair, I thought the story was going to generate down in racy bedroom scenes between the actress and the Count - so pleased the author didn’t do that - there are some bedroom scenes, but other than the mention of the actresses’ dress shooshing to the floor, after that, the door stays shut. 04/07 – 07/07 Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz ~ Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, narrated by Fred Berman (4.5/5) Juvenile non-fiction. The 4.5 stars are for the audiobook, not for Michael Bornstein's experience, I found the narrator hard to listen to initially. Young Michael's survival is miraculous; and, then to have all of his mother's siblings survive the holocaust is nothing short of a miracle. The authors tell this next portion euphemistically, this is a memoir for children: To make it through the horror of the holocaust and then be abused by a predator in Germany..... no wonder Bornstein was loath to pause there. I appreciated that Bornstein was courageous enough to show that not all who appear kind are good people, and not all (seemingly) unkind people are cruel. Sobering reading, carefully told. I’m enjoying reading these current listens, so far….. The Spy and the Traitor ~ Ben MacIntyre, narrated by Ben Macintyre (I'm listening as a much quicker speed, otherwise the narration is a little irritating for me) The Ragged Edge of Night ~ Olivia Hawker, narrated by Nick Sandys (Cc)
  12. Books completed over the weekend. The Empty World ~ D.E. Stevenson (3) (273pgs) A lite dystopian read from one of my liked vintage-era writers. I was keen to find out what happened to each of the women, and how Stevenson was going to sort out the bad guys. Like other Stevenson’s books I’ve read this one has the bedroom door close. Some Christian content, which I appreciated, and, LOTS of smoking, which is always rather disconcerting in vintage reads until I remember the era these writers lived in. A significant detractor for me was the inclusion of a song using the ‘n’ word which features in a drunken shooting scene amongst the bad ‘guys’. In true D.E. Stevenson, she gives us another abrupt ending to a story. Age of War: The Legends of the First Empire Bk3 ~ Michael J. Sullivan, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (4 ) (16h 47m) I will absolutely need to listen to the next book in the series as the ending generated a must know what happens next. (Can't say much about the last few chapters, or that ending, without creating major spoilers.) The writing, character development, and storyline in this book are all much better than those in the second book in this series. Extra: some "swearing" in Rhune. Letting go of the past. Teens kissing. Domestic abuse. Non-consensual kiss. Violence stemming from war.
  13. So happy to read that! (I live with cat-lovin' people and their fur babies, and unwell cats are worrying ... and expensive.) I like your moggies names🥰 Thank you, and wishing you a lovely mother's day too. (Beautiful potted plants!)
  14. @Robin M and @mumto2 I appreciate the idea sharing for your own approaches to the A-Z challenge. Well done!! on completing the last months librarian mumto2. I've just started Martin Chuzzlewit ~ Charles Dickens, nudged along by @Lady Florida. posting about this title and Dombey & Son, another Dickens title I have on my want to read list. After starting and stopping a few books, I'm hoping that A Completing of The Watsons by Rose Servitova will be my keep reading title.
  15. Posting the books (mostly audiobooks) I've recently completed first.... 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith ~ Warren W. Wiersbe (2-3) switched between audio and book and thought the book would have been better titled 50 People Warren Wiersbe Thinks Every Trainee Minister Should Know. Age of Swords: The Legends of the First Empire, BK2 ~ Michael J. Sullivan, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (3) Not as good as the first book and the middle portion of the story really drags. The third book in the series has just become available for library loan, and so far is better than this second book. Dr Finlay: The Complete BBC Radio Collection ~ A.J. Cronin, narrated by David Tennant, John Gordon Sinclair, Celia Imrie, full cast (4 ) An escapist listen, the stories range from humorous to sobering. The last story was a tail-dragger, which detracted from other well told ones in the collection. Recommending to those that enjoy Dr. Tom Smith’s Adventures of a Scottish Doctor books. Extra: domestic violence. Roxanne: Kings Lake Investigation Bk3 ~ Peter Grainger, narrated by Gildart Jackson (5) The picture of the young girl on the cover put me off wanting to listen to this audiobook – I actively avoid listening to modern era crime stories with violence against children - the picture is a flashback moment of the young woman (who is murdered) when she was a girl. The perpetrator of the crime in this story became obvious as I read along, and makes for an interesting twist to most fiction crime stories about escorts. Though everything is discussed pretty euphemistically, there are some really gritty topics in this Kings Lake investigation branching out from escort agencies, and, ‘party drugs’. Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm ~ Isabella Tree, narrated by the author (3.5) for the audiobook. This is one of those times when I know the physical book would have been the better option for me as opposed to an audiobook. I found the audio dragged in places, too many side-trips into supporting papers, or books, Isabella had read (the travel journalist in her coming to the fore?), and her need to discuss the prehistoric mammals their current livestock may have evolved added to the dragging feel for me. The chapter on worms was one of the most interesting in the book for me .... it's a topic I'm actively interested in. This was a buddy listen with my Dh, he gave this an extra star, ranking it at 4.5 out of 5 stars.
  16. This. Some letters are hard to find a good book for ..... (do you count titles from a series if you're struggling: thinking of that tricky letter "u" ) You may like the story in the last book - I seem to have slipped into a "grumpy reader" mood this year. Nodding - I didn't like that portion either, the author rights the scales (her way) over than incident ...... (Taking a rest during a series is a good reminder, I think I gobbled this one down too quickly.) Only two books after that one and you're 'caught up'. 😉
  17. I really appreciate you including wee notes like this in your reviews. Thank you.
  18. Yes! This exactly. I highlighted so many portions. ( I might revisit it again in a few years too )
  19. I’ve abandoned at least four books lately, one at half way through the book, and quite a few are garnering really low ratings this month: I think I may need to indulge in a reading detox - not sure what that looks like yet - so that I’m not continually starting out resistant to new books. Titles recently completed: A Willful Grievance: The Lillie Mead Historical Mystery Series Bk2 ~ Lisa Zumpano, narrated by Claire Storey , I increased the speed to 1.4X made for better listening. I definitely want to hear more in this series: easy listening, with an interesting mystery; and, thankfully no women are subjected to brutal misconduct after they are kidnapped. Extra: Some cursing and using God's name as an expletive. No f-bombs. Abandoned children, orphans, a policeman has O.C.D. The Virgin in the Ice: Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Bk6 ~ Ellis Peters, narrated by Vanessa Benjamin. I've listened to the dramatised version of this story, but never to the unabridged: discounting the narrator who was just ‘okay’ to listen to, the unabridged version of the story is so much better than the dramatised audio. Extra: a young nun is r*aped and murdered (the telling of these events is told euphemistically). All the Tears in China: Rowland Sinclair Bk9 ~ Sulari Gentill (late night reading) This book seemed to have more mystery in it than the others I’ve read so far, books 2-8, or perhaps it’s the person who ends up doing the murders that make it feel that way. I really enjoyed the mystery in this one and stayed up late to devour the last part of the book. Extra: Brutality in prison, opium addiction, gang lifestyle, the discussion of bigotry/ racism/ racial prejudice, an ex-boyfriend is an abusive, controlling manipulator and a stalker. A Testament of Character: Rowland Sinclair Bk10 ~ Sulari Gentill (late night reading) Others can love this edition in the series, sadly, I just cannot. 😔 Two scenarios the author 'gifted' to Rowly left me feeling really (!) sad - she and Edna, a character in the book, have used him for their own ends and I closed the book wishing he’d find another girl as his muse and love. Poor Rowly. Extra: distressing content (homophobia in the 1930’s) what they did to Daniel’s boyfriend was awful. The bedroom door is open on one scene (heterosexual), kidnapping of a female. Dark Threads the Weaver Needs: The Problem of Human Suffering ~ by Herbert Lockyer (129pgs) (CC) (4) Though the book is slight, only 129 pages long, it was not a fast, nor easy read for me: time was needed to pause and reflect on so many portions. The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime ~ Susannah Stapleton, narrated by Clare Wille. The author’s sentence, in chapter five, “Could one ever trust a private detective?” is the driving thought she is writing from throughout the entire book. I found this a negative toned read, with Stapleton trying to prove that Maud is a fake and a liar: the later portion of the title is the clue, Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime with the main secret and lie in this book being Maud herself. While some of the supporting historical details are interesting this is not a title I’ll be recommending to anyone. I found the audio needed to be sped up as Clare Wille’s reading became rather slow and ponderous after a while. This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing ~ Jacqueline Winspear (ebook) I rather enjoy Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, the later books more than some of her early ones, and so was keen to read this memoir. It’s not a favourite read for me and I gave it 2.5 stars on GR. After reading the endnotes I could see why the book read as it did: this is a collection of stories melded together from, mostly, workshopping sessions. It feels like more was missing from the book than was often being said - again that workshop feel to it - yet I'm pleased I read it, as it gave me an insight into the creator of Maisie Dobbs. (ETA: please excuse any typos in my posts, editing before hitting submit is not always an option if I want to get anything posted.)
  20. @Lady Florida. agreeing with your comment in last weeks thread: our GR reviews do seem to be helping each other. (So glad that @Kareni kept mentioning the Linesman series, which I enjoyed on audio) Adding here, I enjoyed reading The Goblin King and got to gift him with a kindness your audio/narrated experience doesn't appear to have gifted him with. Thank you for crafting the thread each week for us @Robin M. I can't always get here to chat but do try to read offline later, and see what you are each reading or link sharing. Q: One of my reading goals this year is to complete the A-Z challenge; and I was wondering this week if anyone else who has done, or are doing this challenge was loathe to include books in their final tally that they ended up really disliking? 😏 I think I’ve got about four letters to read, unless I change my mind again……
  21. In my late night reading I’ve read three printed books, books six to eight in the Rowland Sinclair mystery series by Sulari Gentill, so far this month, and the series is averaging between 3-4 out of 5 stars from me. There are some content issues (could be triggers for some) in these books, the bedroom scenes are all closed door. I was so happy to complete two sip reads this week that I began late last year – both are Christian non-fiction: Keep a Quiet Heart ~ Elisabeth Elliot, God in the Docks ~ C.S. Lewis. I enjoyed the first half of Elisabeth Elliot’s book more than the second half due to the topics being discussed. Lewis’ book is a collection of essays which contained some hits and misses in appreciation for me. I also completed When We Were Orphans ~ Kazu Ishiguro, narrated by Michael Maloney. This is my second Kazu Ishiguro book, and I ended up liking it a whole lot less than my first book, thanks to Uncle Philip. I was enjoying the ambling, slightly baffling approach until we got to the reveal* and the way the man intentionally did it. The baffling portions are intentional so that Christopher and the reader have quite a few things that need resolving. *the reveal was definitely a horrific and discordant note and the deliberate destruction of any innocence. Currently reading or listening to A Willful Grievance: The Lillie Mead Historical Mystery Series Bk2 ~ Lisa Zumpano, narrated by Claire Storey , The Virgin in the Ice: Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Bk6 ~ Ellis Peters, narrated by Vanessa Benjamin - I haven’t been through the unabridged edition and decided to so for this weeks cloistered life theme, All the Tears in China: Rowland Sinclair Bk9 ~ Sulari Gentill (late night reading), and, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing ~ Jacqueline Winspear, as the hold came due at the library.
  22. It’s the style my DD dresses in, and was a new word for me too until clothing items starting hitting her wardrobe.😋 (interested to see what it looks like in books @Kareni)
  23. @mumto2 You may have already read this book.... while I was listening I thought this is a book you might enjoy: No Cure for the Dead: The Florence Nightingale Mysteries Bk1 ~ Christine Trent, narrated by Lucy Rayner. I gave it 3- out of 5 stars. Here's my goodreads review. If you enjoy cosy mysteries and a, Carola Dunn toned, Daisy Dalrymple character being Florence Nightingale you’ll like this historical mystery series. This definitely has all the hallmarks of first in a historical series with the setting up of characters and locations in the Victorian era. A few other books I've completed: A Murder Unmentioned: Rowland Sinclair Bk6 ~ Sulari Gentill . I gave this 4 out of 5 stars. Rowly and friends are back in their best setting, Australia, and we finally get to see what happened to Rowly’s abusive father and who killed him. Extra: domestic violence with life threatening beltings, compromised mental health (Elizabeth Sinclair), child abduction (ends well), gaslighting. Wild Strawberries: Barsetshire Bk2 ~ Angela Thirkell, narrated by Hilary Neville. Out of the three books I've read in this series - High Rising 3-4*s, and, The Brandon's, I noted that one as just so-so and wouldn't recommend - this title falls between those two ratings earning itself three stars. Though the ending felt rushed and rather unsatisfactory, Hillary Neville read this so well she created an audio story I still liked afterwards. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall ~ Sonia Purnell, narrated by Juliet Stevenson (4) I was familiar with Virginia Hall ( & Noor Kahn) having read Sarah Helm's book, A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII in 2016. I enjoyed getting to hear a much fuller account of Virginia's courage during WW11, and then her life after the war. To have given so much during the war and then to be side-lined afterwards must have been so hard. This is the kind of book that encourages me to want to do more study about the character; and, I see a movie was released about her a little while back "Liberte: A Call to Spy", has anyone here watched it?
  24. No, no need to read these in order. Cotillion is a fun read, if you like Heyer: I do, many of her books are comfort-read favourites. I'm just about to start Winspear's memoir, so your "enjoyment" comment caught my attention (hoping I do too). 12 Rules has been on my to read list for ages, for the same reason's you've mentioned.
  25. @Lady Florida. I completed T.C.o.M.C a wee while back .... looking forward to any possible BaW discussion at the end of this scheduled read: I can see why you gifted it all the starts you did 🥰 (hoping you're continuing to heal and strengthen after your op: thinking of you often!) Looking forward to coming back and falling down those rabbit holes (links) you've provided @Kareni @Junie Oh my! Paddington Bear! What a flashback of wonderful memories. I LOVE the original Paddington Bear chapter books and yet failed in the attempt to read him aloud to my D.C, I'd end up laughing myself absolutely silly and so the DC requested DH take over so they could see what I was laughing at.
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