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review 2020-06-02 20:37
Dept. of Speculation
Dept. of Speculation - Jenny Offill

I will add a caveat to my review—I rated this on the high side to compensate for the fact that I would have given the audiobook a 3. While I generally love listening, especially when the author (or anyone British, honestly) reads to me, I don't think this book lent itself to that form. The writing was spare and poetic, but the transitions were difficult (at least for me) to follow on audio, i.e. even though you might hear a new chapter number, the topic change was sometimes jarring. For such a short book, I spent a lot of time rewinding. I think this book, more poetry than prose, might be one you should hold in your hands and enjoy the old-fashioned way.

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review 2020-05-28 22:34
P. S. I Still Love You
P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han
 
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series.

The Characters:

Lara Jean Covey:
Peter Kavinsky:
Margo Covey, Kitty Covey, John Ambrose McClaren, Peter’s ex-girlfriend I can’t remember her name right now

The Story:

Ah Lara Jean. Navigating through adolescence and first relationships. With a sex scandal, boyfriend troubles, ex-girlfriend troubles and a new love interest on the scene there is certainly a lot to navigate. She does the best she can and there is a lot of teen angst. Maybe too much for my mood at the moment but that’s just the mood I’m in right now. Overall this is well written, interesting and entertaining.

The Random Thoughts:



3 ½ Stars
 
 
 
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text 2020-05-22 17:24
#FridayReads - 5.22.2020
Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45 - Vere Hodgson,Jenny Hartley
Jane And Prudence (VMC) - Barbara Pym,Jilly Cooper

Currently reading:

 

Lost in a Good Book: I think that I am almost done with Lost in a Good Book, although because it's an omnibus edition, I can't be sure. Things seem to be heading towards a resolution. I expect to finish in an hour or so.

 

With respect to this series - I'm pretty sure that this is the last of the Thursday Next books that I'm going to read. While I like the idea behind the book, I feel like they are a little too aggressively high-concept for me and I find myself frustrated with them. I do plan to return the omnibus, but will keep it in the back of my mind in case I decide to read The Well of Lost Plots.

 

A Few Eggs and No Oranges: I didn't make a lot of progress with this one this week. I read September and October of 1940, which is right in the middle of the London Blitz.

 

Being in the middle of a pandemic where some Americans are throwing tantrums like spoiled children over having to wear masks into stores and other public places, this is fascinating reading. We would not survive the Blitz. "Conservatives" would be whingeing about "muh riiiiiigths" as they all got us killed by refusing to put up some damn curtains. 

 

Jane and Prudence: I decided that I needed a dose of Pym, so this is next up. I have the VMC edition in paperback and all I've read so far is the introduction by Jilly Cooper.

 

I do have a three day weekend coming up, so I'm definitely going to need to add at least one more book to the plans. I'm trying to settle on my next Christie reread. On my ATVL blog, I reposted a bunch of Heyer reviews for #Throwback Thursday, so I'm also considering diving into my Heyer digital collection and reading one of her regencies! I also have a digital copy of Tey's The Man in the Queue, which is in consideration.

 

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text 2020-05-15 17:28
#FridayReads 5.15.2020
Mrs. McGinty's Dead - Agatha Christie
Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45 - Vere Hodgson,Jenny Hartley
The Body in the Dumb River - George Bellairs

I have four books on the go right now, although at least two of them are nearly finished.

 

 

Mrs. McGinty's Dead: This is another one that I started last weekend and then got sidetracked away from - it's the most recent book on my Christie comfort reread. It's one of Ariadne Oliver's most delightful appearances in print, and that makes it a fun reread. Poirot leaves London for this one, and makes an early appearance in the action. There are some other fun side-characters, including Mrs. Summerhayes, who is a bit of a hoot. I'm again quite a ways into this one, and it won't take long to finish.

 

Lost In A Good Book: I just started this one on my kindle - I have an omnibus edition checked out from my library, and I'll likely only read this one right now. I enjoyed the first Thursday Next book by Jasper Fforde, so when I saw the omnibus available on Overdrive, I decided to read book 2.

 

A Few Eggs and No Oranges: I bought this Persephone edition a few months ago and I've been making my way through it rather slowly. It's quite a long book at 590 pages, and I find that it works well to read a week or two, or maybe a month, at a time. As I'm not worried about speed-finishing this one, you'll likely see it on my Friday Reads for quite sometime. The book itself is the diary of Vere Hodgson, a Londoner who worked for a Notting Hill Gate charity during the war, and who survived the London Blitz. She is described as sparky and unflappable.

 

The Body in the Dumb River: I've been reading this one for too long at this point - I started it last weekend and then set it aside for some other books at about the 1/3 mark. It won't take long to finish, so it's first up for the weekend. It was originally published in 1961, and I am reading the British Library Crime Classics series reprint pictured. The cover is just as lovely in person.

 

That should take care of most, if not all of my weekend!

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text 2020-04-24 17:51
#FridayReads 4.24.2020
After the Funeral - Agatha Christie
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45 - Vere Hodgson,Jenny Hartley

I finished the Daniel Silva book yesterday, so today I'm just reading After the Funeral by Agatha Christie and A Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson.

 

Here is my Dewey stack for tomorrow!

 

 

 

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