The Week In Books: June 19 – June 25

Can you tell that I’ve been on holiday? I think you can….

Read:

Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecey

The Tell-Tale Tarte by Maya Corrigan

Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel

The Clock Strikes Nun by Alice Loweecey

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

If The Haunting Fits, Wear It by Rose Pressey

Death of a Lobster Lover by Lee Hollis

I Don’t Like Where This Is Going by John Dufresne

Asking for Truffle by Dorothy St James

The Early Birds by Laurie Graham

Paper Girls Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan

Started:

The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray

The Hissing of the Silent Lonely Room by Paul Charles

Still reading:

Kick by Paula Byrne

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

The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell

Trans Like Me by CN Lester

I don’t think I actually bought any books this week – which is a minor miracle in itself.  I’m almost proud of me!

 

Book of the Week: Bitch Planet

A relatively short Book of the Week post this week because it’s been a bit of a strange one really to be honest.  So it seemed fairly logical to pick Bitch Planet Volume 1 because it was kick ass and a bit subversive and fitted my mood!

Last week’s comic bookshop haul – complete with Bitch Planet nestled in the middle!

So, Bitch Planet is a graphic novel set in the near future. And as always (or almost always) this is a dystopian near future.  Bitch Planet is the nickname for the penal colony where women who don’t do as they’re told are sent.  In volume 1 we meet a gang of new arrivals and follow them as they try to form alliances and work out a way to survive. It’s a dark and twisty take on sci fi and women in prison and it’s fabulous.

It’s not been that long since I picked Lumberjanes 4 as my BotW and this is a different sort of graphic novel, but it’s definitely as good. I had heard so much about this on the bookish internet and finally remembered to look and see if my comic book store had a copy last week.  It did and I’m so glad I picked it up – I just wish I’d bought Volume 2 at the same time. I can totally understand why so many people love this – the tales of Non Compliant tattoos make sense to me now. But this isn’t just a graphic novel for women – there’s plenty here for comic fans and sci fi movie fans too – the assistant behind the till at the cash register was telling me how much he likes the series too.

You should be able to pick up Bitch Planet from any good comic book store and I would encourage you to do that – read my Lumberjanes post for further and better particulars but basically it boils down to help the little guys who are experts.

Happy Reading!

PS I said this would be short but sweet didn’t I!

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…

Book of the Week: The Sussex Downs Murder

This week’s BotW is another forgotten Golden Age crime novel which has been republished by the British Library.  I picked this up at the book barge on Regents Canal, but it’s taken me a couple of months to get around to.  The Sussex Downs Murder is the second story to feature Superintendent Meredith – there are a load more, and I already have another waiting for me on my Kindle now that I’ve read this.

Copy of The Sussex Downs Murder

Yes, I admit it, I read it on the train. Its such a useful handbag size!

John Rother and his brother William live and work together at a farm in the Sussex Downs.  One night John leaves for a holiday and disappears, leaving his car and some worrying blood stains.   Has he been kidnapped?  Is he dead?  Whatever has happened, William falls under suspicion as rumours had been circulating in the village that his wife was getting rather too friendly with John.  Superintendent Meredith is called in to investigate, but events soon take a macabre turn when bones start turning up.

If you’ve read a lot of detective novels, you may suspect the solution to this one rather earlier than Meredith does, but it’s still a really enjoyable read.  I suspect at the time, the solution would be a big gasp-inducing moment, but because there’s been 80 years of crime writing since, you may have come across plots like this before.   It is a really well written and well crafted mystery, with plenty of interesting characters and lots of twists and turns.  And if you’re a fan of Golden Age mysteries, it’s well worth reading because it has exactly the sort of vibe you get from a Sayers or a Christie – not too creepy, but totally engrossing.

I’ve read quite a lot of these British Library Crime Classic reissues and I’m struggling to think of one that I haven’t enjoyed.  I’m always watching out for them, and I suspect that this will continue to be the case.   It’s £2.99 on Kindle at time of writing, which is a bargain, or £1.89 on Kobo which is an even bigger bargain, but is for a slightly different edition.  You should be able to get order the paperback from all the usual sources too.

Happy Reading!

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)