The Week In Books: June 12 – June 18

 A busy week of news and work. Honestly I wish it would just stop. It’s starting to feel a bit end of days to be honest.  Here’s hoping the world improves.

Read:

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

Gridiron Grit by Noel Sainsbury Jr

Fatal Forgeries by Ritter Ames

Bitch Planet Vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al

Rivers of London: Detective Stories 1 by Ben Aaronovitch et al

 Fatal Facade by Alison Campbell

The Antique House Murders by Leslie Nagal

Started:

Trans Like Me by CN Lester

The Early Birds by Laurie Graham

Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

Reel History: The World According to the Movies by Alex von Tunzelmann

The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel

I may have bought a few Kindle John LeCarrés, but apart from that, well behaved. I’m also trying to make the Cartmel last because I’m really enjoying it!

 

The Week In Books: June 5 – June 11

I’m not that surprised I didn’t get much read this week – it was elections and I’ve been super busy with work and have done a lot of hours.  Hopefully this week will be more normal…

Read:

Marriage is Pure Murder by Staci McLaughlin

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson

Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance

Started:

Fatal Forgeries by Ritter Ames

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

Reel History: The World According to the Movies by Alex von Tunzelmann

The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Yeah.  Quite a lot of books bought – two proper books at the lovely Big Green Bookshop after work on Saturday and five ebooks which were on various short term offers…

The Week In Books: May 29 – June 4

Not as much read as I wanted this week, but sometimes it goes like that – I’ve been super busy and I can’t see this week being any quieter, what with the election on Thursday.

Read:

Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Westmorland Alone by Ian Sansom

The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude

One Fete in the Grave by Vickie Fee

Bearly Departed by Meg Macy

Started:

Marriage is Pure Murder by Staci McLaughlin

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

Reel History: The World According to the Movies by Alex von Tunzelmann

The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell

Only one ebook bought so I’m counting that as a big success.  Fingers crossed I can keep that going…

 

May Stats

New books read this month: 30*

Books from the to-read pile: 7

Ebooks read: 15

Books from the Library book pile: 6

Non-fiction books: 0 (although I have a couple on the go)

#ReadHarder categories completed: 1

Most read author: Sarah Morgan (3 book omnibus)

Books read this year: 154

Books bought:  7 – 1 print book and 6 ebooks

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf:  (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

Read Harder bingo card

The latest version of Read Harder Bingo!

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (3 this month)

 

Recommendsday: Books with Amazing Houses

So yesterday I took advantage of the last of my post-nightshift days off to go on a family jolly to Blenheim Palace.  It’s less than an hour from home, but surprisingly I’d never been before – perhaps because it’s not National Trust or English Heritage so you have to pay.  It was fabulous – and I got my day ticket converted into a year pass (which doesn’t cost any extra to do) so I can go back again and see some of the bits we didn’t have time for on Tuesday.  Any how, after a day out at a country house, it got me thinking about books which feature amazing houses.  So here’s a few for you for Recommendsday.

Blenheim Palace

OK the sky wasn’t as blue as I was hoping, but at least we didn’t get rained on…

I know it’s totally the obvious choice, but I had to start with Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.  It’s not my favourite Waugh (that’s Vile Bodies) but I know I may be in the minority on that.  I had a massive Waugh kick a couple of years ago and read a whole load of his novels back to back and for the most part they still really work.  Brideshead tells of Charles Ryder’s infatuation with the Marchmains and their upper class and crazy world.  The house is at the centre of it all as a character in and of itself.  Well worth reading if you haven’t already.  I definitely need to watch one or other of the TV/film versions soon.  And read Vile Bodies too.

Next, if you haven’t read any Roderick Alleyn books (and why not?) the first in the series, A Man Lay Dead, is set around a weekend party at a country house where one of the guests ends up dead.  Again, it’s not my favourite of the Alleyns (that’s Artists in Crime) but it’s a really good start to the series and a really good example of a country house murder mystery.

It feels like a while since I mentioned Rebecca on here, which is strange since the Du Maurier classic is one of my mum’s favourite books and I have a lovely Virago hardback copy which sits on my downstairs keeper shelf.  It’s creepy and gothic and has one of the most famous opening lines in literature in “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again”.  If you haven’t read it, why not and if you have go and reread it.  You won’t regret it*.

Finally, if you want something funny, try PG Wodehouse’s Blandings series.  The first one is Something Fresh, where you meet Lord Emsworth, his son Freddie and his secretary The Efficient Baxter and get a taste for the sort of high jinx that ensue.  I think I like them better than the Jeeves and Wooster books, but again I think I’m in the minority there.

I could go on – I haven’t even mentioned I Capture the Castle, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre or The Secret Garden..

All recommendations for more books with amazing houses gratefully received, in the meantime

Happy reading!

*Even if, spoiler alert, you never trust a housekeeper again.

The Week In Books: May 22 – May 28

I hate nightshifts.  My brain is totally frazzled.  Totally.  And that’s before you get to the events of this week.  It’s not been a good one.  So I’ve read lots of lovely romance.  Lots of it.

Read:

The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Summer, With Love by Sarah Morgan (omnibus edition of:

The Spanish Consultant, The Greek Children’s Doctor and the English Doctor’s Baby)

The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate by Eric Bower

The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews

Started:

Westmorland Alone by Ian Sansom

Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

Reel History: The World According to the Movies by Alex von Tunzelmann

On the brightside, I didn’t buy any books.  So there is that.  Onwards and upwards.

 

The Week In Books: May 15 – May 21

Lots of cozy crime novels this week – but I’ve also read a fair bit more of some of the long runners, just not finished them.  I’ve also given up on one, which I just couldn’t get in to.  Hey ho.  Nights started on Sunday night (so hopefully I’ll just be waking up from a good days sleep as this publishes) so expect cozy crime and romance next week as my tired brain struggles with anything more complicated!

Read:

A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts

The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice by JR Ripley

Ivy Get Your Gun by Cindy Brown

Uniformly Dead by Greta Mckennan

Lumberjanes Vol 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson et al

Angel Catbird Vol 2: To Castle Catula by Margaret Atwood et al

Started:

The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

Reel History: The World According to the Movies by Alex von Tunzelmann

One book bought – because it just happened to be in my Amazon basket when I was buying some other bits.  Or at least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!