Really, really tired. I don’t know how I could have gone back to work this week – so I have no idea how anyone keeps working to 38 weeks of pregnancy or similar!
Category Archives: Thoughts and other Miscellany
Because… why not.
Jamie has some thoughts on the Sacrificial Lamb Book – you know, the one you read after you read a brilliant book, that you know you’re not going to love. At time of writing this, I read The Patron Saint of Liars in a day yesterday and am scared to open another book because I know I won’t love it as much. So naturally I’m blogging loads and listening to The Physicist watch Transformers 4 (obviously I’m not going to watch it…)
Amanda has some thoughts on “Have Babies, Keep Reading“. It’s a bit sweary for me, but I totally agree with the sentiment. Someone please remind me of it in February when I’m losing my mind about socks.
Over at the Worm Hole there are some thoughts on planning out your reading for the month. I’ve never really managed to do this although I would like to – I’m sort of the opposite of the opinion being expressed here. What do you think?
I love to read while on public transport. Particularly something really engrossing for when I have to get in a Flying Tube of Doom (the rest of you call them aeroplanes), but a really long train ride is the best. I read the first Hunger Games book on the London to Lancaster train (2 hrs and 20 minutes, since you ask) and was barely coherent when I got off. I have relished train travel to visit Ma and Pa Physicist because it’s 4 1/2 hours of uninterrupted reading time. Particularly if I splurge on First Class – then they bring you unlimited tea as well. People don’t normally try to talk to me on planes and trains (do I give off a particularly unfriendly vibe?) – but Book Riot has some tips on how to be left alone if people often bug you while you’re trying to read.
And finally – 35 Things To Do with All Those Books. The title says it all. I am a huge fan of #8, #15 (particularly the reading nook), a little bit of #28, and #34 is standard in this house.
This is too good not to be shared around the internet.
(I originally found it here)
I read 35 books in 2014. I was aiming for 100 when I started the year, which is obviously ludicrous; I think 35 isn’t bad.
In December, I read 3 books:
The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy – Vicki Iovine – unconvincing.
The Patron Saint of Liars – Ann Patchett – I read this straight through in one day!
Lizzy and Jane – Katherine Reay – light but really enjoyable.
I totally failed to read or do anything at all for Advent with Alcott. Bad blogging event host.
I also started two books but didn’t get anywhere near finishing either of them: Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay and Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (audiobook). I’m very close to giving up on the former but really enjoying the latter.
I wrote about my winter TBR a while ago, but specifically in January, I am hoping to read:The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace, One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore and The Foundling Boy by Michel Deon. My concentration span is waning so I’m needing to move towards the lighter end of the fiction on my shelves!
As I try to get caught up on all those reviews from the last few years, I’ve been looking at my reading spreadsheet. Thought it might be fun to link to some older reviews of books I really enjoyed! 2013 was a really good year for reading.
Dances with Wolves – 7/10
The Fault in our Stars – 8/10
Quiet – 7/10
Looking for Alaska – 8/10
The Paris Architect – 8/10
Mister Pip – 9/10
The Happiness Project – 8/10
Ex Libris – 8/10
Attachments – 9/10
I am Half Sick of Shadows – 8/10
The People in the Photo – 9/10
I mentioned we did a spot of book shopping before Christmas. This is what turned up under the tree for me… (click for bigger pictures)
A couple of books I’ve heard loads about (Capital, Stoner), a couple by favourite authors (Offshore, Sycamore Row and The Watcher in the Shadows), and lots of new mysteries, with a slight tendency to the cozy rather than the gory. I particularly liked the look of Death on the Cherwell and The Shadow of Death, being set in Oxford and Cambridge respectively!
My parcels under the tree also included an Audible membership and some wireless headphones for the imminent middle-of-the-night wakefulness expected to arrive in February!
And what Santa brought The Physicist: