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text 2018-06-02 05:40
May Reading
3 Thirds of a Ghost - Timothy Fuller
Sleepyhead: Narcolepsy, Neuroscience and the Search for a Good Night - Henry Nicholls
The Secret Library - Oliver Tearle
Browse: The World in Bookshops - Henry Hitchings

14 books read this month.

 

This month's relatively low number is a direct reflection of RL distractions, stress and what I hope is a mini-slump.  Things are looking up; here at the house of feathers, fur, and fins we had some medical uncertainty last month, but now have names to hang on everything, and treatment plans in place, so I have high hopes that June will be more SOP, and I can get back to avoiding real life by hanging out in books.  Also, a trip to Uluru next weekend is MUCH anticipated.  There will be camel-riding, an art exhibit and if I'm really lucky, I'll get to see one of these little guys:

 

A thorny devil, and it drinks with its feet. It places them in a puddle and water moves up by capillary action along grooves to the corner of its mouth.  How cool is that??

 

Quick stats (no charts this month):

 

Four 4.5 star books, but no 5 star reads this month.

6 male authors

8 female authors

 

6 mystery

6 non-fiction

1 audiobook

2 re-reads

 

 

 

TBR Project

 

My experiment in TBR reduction:  I can only buy 1 new book for every 2 I read off my TBR piles, tallied monthly.

 

I bought 6 books this month out of my allotted 13.  So I carry 7 books over to add to my 7 books budgeted for June (50% of books read the previous month - May).  Total book buying budget for June:  14 books. 

 

Hope everyone is pleased with their reading for the month - and bring on June!

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review 2018-05-26 12:42
Browse: The World in Bookshops
Browse: The World in Bookshops - Henry Hitchings

An excellent collection of essays from writers all over the world, all centering on the bookshops that have most impacted their lives, shaped them, or are just plain favorites.

 

Writers from nearly every corner of the globe (no Aussies or Antarticans) tell their stories and of the entire collection, only one - Iam Sinclair - failed for me.  While all the others wrote odes to bookshops, Sinclair seemed more content to use bookshops as a front for his diatribe against politics.  His essay, his right, but in the company of the other authors in this book, it felt brash and strung-out.  I found his writing florid and at times incomprehensible too.  Having never read his other works, I have no idea if this is congruent with his style, or a one-off; either way, it was the only speck on an otherwise perfect collection.

 

Because I enjoyed the rest so thoroughly (ok, Dirda's essay was just ok) it's impossible to pick a labourite.  If you feel your soul sing when you walk into a bookshop, I think this collection is well worth investigating.  

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review 2018-02-18 03:34
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell

Reminiscent of I Work in a Public Library (but with fewer masturbators).

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text 2016-12-08 06:55
Book Haul - and something to share with BrokenTune
Bookshops - Peter Bush,Jorge Carrión
The Haunted Grange Of Goresthorpe - Arthur Conan Doyle
Spit and Polish - Lucy Lethbridge
Darjeeling: A History of the World's Greatest Tea - Jeff Koehler
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
Lady Cop Makes Trouble - Amy Stewart
The White Cottage Mystery - Margery Allingham
What A Plant Knows: a field guide to the senses - Daniel Chamovitz
Turbo Twenty-Three - Janet Evanovich
Better Late Than Never - Jenn McKinlay

Buying other people books as Christmas presents is just dangerous.  Especially when local publishers have 45% off sales.  Apparently a book reading slump does not translate into a book buying slump.

 

So these all arrived in the mail this week.  I'm particularly excited about The Haunted Grange Of Goresthorpe by Arthur Conan Doyle  and Bookshops by Jorge Carrión; translated by Peter Bush.  Oh, and Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart!

 

I also bought one more book - it's not up on top because it's a book I already have, and a small splurge, but I think at least BrokenTune, if nobody else, will understand why.  I bought an uncorrected bound proof of The Eyre Affair.  Not because of the book itself, but because of what came with it:

 

 

It's a black and white photo that Jasper Fforde did in a giveaway at some point, 105 of them in total given away.  (http://www.jasperfforde.com/giveaway/tea002.html if anyone is curious).  The book was less than a new paperback edition and I couldn't resist - I love Pickwick!

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text 2016-12-01 21:49
November Wrap-Up & December TBR
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Macabre Tales - Wahsington Irving

Progress: I haven't been on here much this month. A combination of the holidays, coming to terms with the results of the election, and my dads new puppy. Despite the sense of doom hovering around our house, my mom works in the mental health field and she's been spending a lot of time talking with concerned employees that are here with work visas that are afraid if they leave the country to visit family they won't be able to come back, and the craziness with the holidays, I managed to finish four books. I didn't read a single book that I wouldn't recommend to someone and I feel really great about what I accomplished this month, even if I'm still behind with reviews.

 

Books Read: 4

 

5 Stars: 0

 

4 Stars: 3

Neverwhere

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

A Storm of Swords

 

3 Stars: 1

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Macabre Tales

 

2 Stars: 0

 

Books I regret spending money on: 0

 

Reviews Written: 1

 

Reviews I need to write: 3

Bourne Ultimatum

American Gods

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

 

December TBR

I posted last month that I wanted to finish ten more books by the end of 2016. It's unlikely to haopen at this point, but I can hope. I have eight more to go on my list, seven if you exclude A Feast for Crows which I'm 100 pages away from completing. The remaining list includes NeuroTribesA Dance With DragonsAnansi Boys, Equal Rites, Moving Pictures, Small Gods, and Mort

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