MISC: Down the TBR hole #3

It’s been a while since I ventured down the TBR hole. Things seem to conspire against me, and land on my lap all at once, so I’ve been battling with a busy schedule recently. But I’m back on track! Lia at Lost In A Story started this weekly post to trim down the Goodreads to-read list.

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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WWW Wednesdays: 22nd March 2017

Its been a couple of weeks since my last WWW Wednesday post, but I’m ready to share a reading update with the world! So without further ado, here it is:

WWW is hosted by Taking a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m still making slow progress through Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway. I thought I would have been quicker reading it than I have been, but its hard to read more than one or two chapters at a time.

 

 

DSC_0219I’m also about a third of the way into Renee Andieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn. I’ve wanted to read it for ages, and it has such an unexpectedly glorious cover. I don’t know how Shahrzad is going to manage surviving a fate that many other girls have fallen victim to, but I’m excited to see where the story goes.

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I finished reading The Girls, and it was every bit as good as I was anticipating. It made me think about how we shape girls to percieve themselves and how important it is to encourage a sense of self-worth from a young age. I could see how those young women could be taken in by a charistmatic leader.

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I also finished Room
by Emma Donoghue. I read it pretty quickly, in about three sittings but I was so enraptured by Jack and how hopeful and imaginative he was despite his captivity. His relationship with Ma was poignant and heart-warming.

 

 

TDSC_0223he last book I finished a few nights ago was Landfall by Helen Gordon. I’m not entirely sure how I felt about the ending. There were so many ways it could have gone at so many different points that I struggled to really see what the book was really about. It was definitely an ending that stayed with me though.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next for a change. I’m planning a trip to the library this afternoon to sate my hunger for some short story collections, and I have Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals on its way from Amazon, so who knows!

 

What are you reading this week?

Down The TBR Hole #2

Where have the last two weeks gone? I’m getting a little concerned about how quickly time seems to be passing at this point. I might actually have fallen down my tbr hole and only just managed to claw my way back out. This is my second forray into my to-read list. Lia at Lost In A Story started this weekly post to trim down the Goodreads to-read list. And although I may not have actually made my tbr smaller this week, it’s given me the chance to look through the books that are there and remind myself why I wanted to read them!

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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WWW Wednesdays: 8th March 2017

I feel like this week was a bit more productive for me in terms of reading. For the first time in a while I managed to finish two books and they were both pretty great!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m still edging my way through Celia Blue Johnson’s Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway. I’ve just been dabbling in it reading a couple of pages at a time. Because it’s a compilation of stories of how writer’s came to create their greatest works of fiction, I don’t want to read too many in one sitting or I feel like they’ll all just blur into one.

dsc_02001I am also going to include The Girls by Emma Cline here, because I’m about two seconds away from opening the book.

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I finished Diana Athill’s Stet: An Editor’s Life last night. The memoirs focus on her life as a publisher and the writers who defined that period. I found Athill’s honesty about her own nature and the reality of working as a publisher so enchanting. In the second part of the book, where she discusses the authors who had the greatest impact on her career, she mentions how charming Molly Keane was, but Athill charmed me.

dsc_0183I also finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Although after having it for such a long time, peaking forlornly out from the under my bed, I built up an idea of the book that was completely wrong. But that actually turned out to be a nice surprise.

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I started going through my Goodreads tbr last week as part of Down the TBR Hole, and Room was one of the first five books I added to the list. Then I remembered that it was also one of the books I had bought and hidden under my bed. I actually had to do a bit of manoeuvring to get at it.

 

What are you reading this week?

MISC: The Book Fests Award

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I want to thank and apologise to Ryann the Reader for tagging me in this award. I was going to do it the day after I was tagged and somehow a week has zoomed past and I’m only now getting round to it! Maybe subconciously, the pressure to write a 50 word story has been putting me off. Check out her blog, it’s full of great reviews and other bookish delights!

The Rules:

  • It’s always proper and the right thing to do, when you receive something from someone, you thank them. It’s the same with this award. You can link the blogger who presents the award blog in the post you use to fulfill the requirements of the award.
  • Answer the award questions that will be listed below.
  • Write a Fifty Word Story, because it’s fun.
  • Award five or more bloggers with this Award.
  • Ask them a question of your making, you’ll like them to answer.
  • Put up the award image badge on your blog via image widget.

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MISC: Welsh Authors We Should Read

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dsc_02041It’s unusual for me to post twice in one day. If anything, it’s sometimes a struggle for me to post twice in one week. But, today is St. David’s Day. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’m Welsh in the last few blog entries (I probably have), but I am, and its something I’ve always been proud of. We may be a small country, but we are fierce. It’s been a few years since I spent St. David’s Day at home, and although I don’t have any cawl or welshcakes, I’m still feeling patriotic.

Since it’s St. David’s Day, I wanted to share a few books by Welsh authors that I have read or want to read: Continue reading “MISC: Welsh Authors We Should Read”

WWW Wednesdays: 1st March 2017

Today, isn’t just any old Wednesday, it’s St. David’s Day! It’s a big thing in Wales, and one of the times I miss home the most but I’ve bought myself some daffodils, so that helps!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesdays: 1st March 2017”