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text 2014-05-04 17:52
2014 Reading List to Date
The Stockholm Octavo - Karen Engelmann
The Grapes of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) - John Steinbeck,Macmillan Readers,A.W. Steinbeck
Longbourn - Jo Baker
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance - Edmund de Waal
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #1) - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett
Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas

So 2014 was going to be the year I tried to read my backlog of unread books.  I'm not sure if I'm going to get through all of them, but it's been fun trying. 

 

I've definitely enjoyed being bound by whatever the candy bowl throws at me. Although I have to confess to deviating a couple of times when books I've had on order from my library became available.

 

I was hoping that having a list of unread books would prevent me from buying any new ones, and to a certain extent it seems to have worked in that I've been putting books on a wish-list rather than hitting that Amazon one-click button. But every so often a book will whisper "buy me, oh please buy me", and boom, there it is, sitting in my Kindle waiting for me. 

 

Ah well.  At least I'll have plenty of fodder for my 2015 list.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-30 17:26
Still we are the road; we are the bridge; we are the conduit
Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett,Vintage Books

I don't feel coherent enough to review this book, and I'm not sure I ever will. What I can say is that it is painful and it is beautiful and I will read it again.

 

 I've got a playlist of sappy songs with the only purpose to comfort myself.

 

Also I've got the perfect Lymond in my mind:

 

 

And some of my favourite quotes:

 

She stood now in another country, whose sun burned and whose air was too rare for her breathing. And she stood there alone, with the words of a warning for company:

Tant que je vive …

Long as I live, my heart will never vary
For no one else, however fair or good
Brave, resolute or rich, of gentle blood.
My choice is made, and I will have no other


("Tant que je vive, mon cueur ne changera
Pour nulle vivante, tant soit elle bonne ou saige
Forte et puissante, riche de hault lignage
Mon chois est fait, aultre ne se fera.")

 

***

 

'Kate is my friend. That is true. But the songs were for her daughter. And the passion, for ever.'

 

***

 

'We have reached the open sea, with some charts; and the firmament.'

 

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quote 2014-03-30 15:57
The wise man will live as long as he ought, not as long as he can.
Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett,Vintage Books

Seneca

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text 2014-03-29 07:45
Reading progress update: I've read 468 out of 581 pages.
Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett,Vintage Books

For good or for evil, the imperious 'I' had returned.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-26 10:29
Reading progress update: I've read 351 out of 581 pages.
Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett,Vintage Books

Cards on the table, we're both showing hearts

 

You're my downfall, you're my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues

 

 

Every word of this song is perfection, I am amazed how well it suits the characters as well as my emotions.

 

 

 

 'Kate is my friend. That is true. But the songs were for her daughter. And the passion, for ever.' 

...

'But I am her daughter,' Philippa said.

 

 

 

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