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Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

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Because Booking Through Thursday often doesn’t post until too late in the day for me (thanks to time differences), I have decided that on Thursdays I’ll either answer a Booking Through Thursday question or a Top Ten Tuesday question (the latter are run on The Broke and The Bookish blog), although I might let myself stop at 5 rather than going all the way to a list of 10! This week’s:

November 25: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

1&2. Obviously some Alcott for Advent with Alcott! I read Little Women and Good Wives in the spring but want to read Jo’s Boys and Little Men.

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3. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy because I will need a bit more humour about my ballooning mid-section by the time we get into January.

4&5. The two books I got for my birthday – Cocaine Blues and Flying Too High, both by Kerry Greenwood.

6-10. Some review books that have been lurking on my shelves for ever and they really deserve some attention: The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace, The Doll by Taylor Stevens (I really enjoyed her first), The Stud Book by Monica Drake, One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore and The Foundling Boy by Michel Deon.

If I clear all of those before Baby RWT arrives, I’ll be pretty happy!

Happy Birthday me!

Yay well done me for being born 27 years ago. In celebration, I’m being taken to a lovely hotel in the countryside by The Musician, The Book Accumulator and Mini-Me for the day and evening, including much delicious food. Am very excited.

cute-happy-birthday-gif-tumblr-4Maybe we won’t party quite as hard as Dumbledore in the picture there. But there will be cake of some variety, I’m sure.

Recent events here?

I went to a very fancy dinner at Lord’s on Friday night for people who played cricket at MCC Universities or MCC Young Cricketers – having played cricket for Oxford Uni when I was there, I met the criteria. 5 of us ex-Oxford or Cambridge types went and had a lovely time. We’ll gloss over the speech out of the 1970s and focus on the brilliant Q&A session with Andrew Strauss. I do like an international cricketer who can give a carefully considered answer to a question. And isn’t the special branded water bottle great?

MCC dinner

Mini-Me came to stay last weekend and we cooked a lot and went to see Dance Til Dawn (no plot, good dancing) and watched movies (Beautiful Creatures, which it turned out I had actually watched all of before and totally forgotten, but it’s an excellent film! and Hercules). Much sister fun.

I have 19 days left at work before going on maternity leave. That’s a slightly frightening statistic.

I have caught up on all of season 4 of White Collar and am now in withdrawal until I find season 5. See also SuitsForeverPerceptionThe Newsroom and assorted other police procedurals.

I am totally dismally behind on my 27 before 27, and obviously have no time to catch up now. I plead baby RWT as an excuse. I’ll have to do a new list for 28 before 28!

 

Booking Through Thursday – Better Endings

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday:

If you could change the ending of any book you’ve read, which would it be and how would you change it?

HUGE SPOILER ALERT – I’m talking about the endings of some of the books here that I have reviewed in the past.

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OK now that I’m not going to give any secrets away to people who don’t want them given away… OHMYGOODNESSTHEGREATGATSBYWHATWEREYOUDOINGFSCOTTFITZGERALD?????

Maybe it’s the opera fan in me. But OBVIOUSLY the correct ending here is that Daisy, deeply unhappy and trapped in a loveless marriage, commits suicide, while the men who have loved her and ruined her life stand around sadly.

Other contenders:

Americanah – I’m not a big fan of books where adultery wins out. (see Great Gatsby).

The Bonesetter’s Daughter – an overly twee ending – I suspect this was edited heavily.

 

PSA: Anne #5

So, obviously you’ve all read all the Anne of Green Gables books.

You know that sad bit in the middle of Anne’s House of Dreams (#5 of the 8)?

DO NOT BE READING THIS BOOK ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT WHEN YOU GET TO THAT POINT.

*much weeping*

Providing a public service…

Found on the internet this week…

pregnancy internet

Always glad to be providing a public service. Pretty sure that the download speeds might be bad though.

Anne’s House of Dreams

Anne's House of Dreams

Inspired by Eva, I am re-reading Anne’s House of Dreams (on the Kindle app of my very shiny new phone). Is there anyone who doesn’t love Anne of Green Gables? At one point in my childhood I had 5 copies of AOGG, given to me by assorted well-intentioned relatives; they laboured unloved on my shelves. One summer when I must have been 12 or 13 (?) I suddenly tore through the series; my objections to the first few pages of AOGG were overruled by the next few – and the thousand after that.

And I’m now of the right age to match Anne in her House of Dreams! (have been for a few years, but shhh) The writing is just as delicious as I remembered.

Back to the book.

(also I have my second cold in 3 weeks, despite the flu vaccination since the first cold, and am feeling very sorry for myself)

Thought for the day

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.

books everywhere(photo credit: unknown; it’s been lurking on my computer for too long)

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