Wordless Wednesday – The Last Hut

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Organdie x

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The Year in Books :: July 2016

Hello July – how are you?  Have you brought Mr Sunshine along with you?!

I slowed down with my reading in June – almost entirely on purpose.  I was feeling like I was trying to get through my books as quickly as possible just to get them read, and then I realised that this was possibly the most silly thing I could be doing.  What’s the point of reading quickly if two days later, I cannot remember a single thing that I read? (I actually watched a video on YouTube the other day which discussed this among other things – funny how things all join up sometimes isn’t it?)

In June I read The Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

Lady of Hay

I always enjoy Barbara Erskine’s books – they usually have a slightly spooky element (ghosts or similar) and a dual time line.  This one had the dual time frame, but no spookies.  This followed Jo, a journalist in the 1980s, who embarks upon a series of articles set on debunking certain things.  One of these was hypnosis.  As the story goes on Jo is hypnotised and finds that she was previous alive in the time of King John.

I did enjoy this, but I found some of the scenes slightly morally and ethically dubious – I won’t say too much in case you want to read it, but some of the actions taken by characters while others were under hypnosis just nettled me a little bit.

Overall, a fun absorbing story – I think I preferred the earlier storyline compared to the modern day parts.

I then switched to some non fiction and read Rising Ground by Philip Marsden

Rising Ground

This was beautifully written and very evocative of Cornwall and the surrounding countryside.  I did find the way it was split up into small vignettes dealing with certain interesting characters, or periods of history slightly disjointed.  I often find with this kind of book that half of the stories really grab me and the other half I find really quite dull.  I found the industrial parts of this one a little boring, and I found that they didn’t really get to the “spirit of place” as the subtitle suggests.  The parts dealing with prehistory and archaeology however, were really absorbing and I enjoyed those chapters a lot.

As is usual with me, I have no idea what I want to read next, all I know is that whatever  choose will be read slowly and savoured – it’s my new aim for sure.  What’s the point of reading if nothing sinks in, nothing resonates or makes me think?

What are you reading at the moment?  Anything amazing that I should add to my every growing wish list?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.

The Year in Books :: May 2016

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Hello May! How lovely that you seem to have brought some sunshine with you! ‘Bout time too!

Anyway, to the books!

I started off this month by reading The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett which was very amusing and a book that I enjoyed a lot.  I often find that the books I stumble across in second hand (or new) bookshops to be ones that I like a whole lot more than those that have been shouted about everywhere.  Does everyone else find that too?

Anyway, Terry Pratchett is very funny, and exactly what I needed at the time that I read it – something silly and fun to cheer up a slightly miserable April!

I seem to have been on a little reading binge this month without really meaning to as well – I read all three of the Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling) back to back…

The series starts with The Cuckoo’s Calling, continues with The Silkworm and finishes (so far) with Career of Evil.

I enjoyed the first much more that I thought I would – for some reason I was not overly excited about JK Rowling’s adult fiction – I tried and failed at The Casual Vacancy – so I had slightly low hopes for the crime series.

The first and second books were brilliant – the third not so great, but still very good – and I am really enjoying the characters of Strike and Robin, and I am looking forward to seeing where things go in their lives.  I am not always so fussed in crime novels with the crimes or the conclusions – I much prefer the main characters lives and the relationships between them.

I am currently reading Song of the Rolling Earth by John Lister-Kaye and loving the writing so far – although it jumps around a little bit which I wasn’t expecting.  I am looking forward to carrying on with the adventures in the Scottish Highlands.

I am also about to start Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens as part of Katie from Books and Things’ readalong – there is a goodreads group here if you would like to join in too.  We are reading it in the way it was published originally, so May sees us read the first 4 chapters.  I am looking forward to seeing what it is like to reading something in serial form – I am hoping that I can stick to the schedule without being tempted to rush ahead because the pages are there!

What are you reading at the moment?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.