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Keeping Track of my Reads

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    I've been reading since I was four and love it. I thought I would try to keep track of what I'm reading and my opinions on the books. I read mostly thrillers and an occasional classic and non fiction.

    I stopped buying books as they were crowding up the house and I only read a book once, so, I now get all my reading from the library which is great. You can order online and they let you know when it's available, and it's free, well paid out of our taxes, which is money well spent in my opinion.

    I've been out sick from work and so have read a lot of books lately. When Level 5 restrictions came in before Christmas, I went to the local library and took out 11 books and I've read them all now. It was anything I could grab off the shelves so all sorts really. The last book I've just finished was Love in the Time of Cholera which I always meant to read so when I saw it on the shelf, I took the opportunity.

    I enjoyed it but not as much as I thought I would. It was interesting as it was set in Columbia which you don't read much about in books. But you would know it was written by a man. I lost track of the women he slept with and they all liked it and him, he has himself classed as a very good lover! Also towards the end of the book he had guardianship of a young girl about 14/15 who was still in school and slept with her, he was in his 70's. Very dubious.

    I'm now out of books and have reverted to Borrowbooks on the Library website. It's hard to find something to read, there's a lot of books, but hard to find one to suit. I'm reading a Kath Reichs thriller, she's OK, it'll fill in the time. I have books ordered with the Library so hopefully when the restrictions end I will be able to pick them up.


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    Just finished A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs. It was ok. Found it hard to follow or maybe it just didn’t hold my attention. It was about a body found with no clues to who it was as it was half eaten by hogs, lovely...... it involved a lot of red herrings and conspiracy theories. Next up a Graham Swift novel on Borrowbooks. Here We Are.


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    Have now finished Here We Are by Graham Swift. A nice easy read. A story set after the war in Brighton about a Magician and his assistant. Enjoyed it. Next up, the Booker winner Girl, Other, Woman by Bernardino Evaristo.


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    Finished Woman Girl Other, it was good enjoyed it. Very easy to read I thought it would be hard going for some reason but it wasn’t. The style was different. There were no full stops. There was capital letters for names and commas used so it was very easy to read. It was individual stories of black women through the ages who were connected in some way. I found it a very positive read. I think it deserved the Booker prize. Will now go searching for something else to read.


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    I’m now reading an Agatha Christie, Appointment with Death. I read most of Agatha Christie’s books when I was a teenager and loved them. Reading this for a bit of nostalgia. I think the libraries will be opening up soon so I can go back to reading “real” books again. Looking forward to that!


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    Finished Appointment with Death. It was interesting to read, the language and phrases are so old fashioned in places. “He behaved caddishly” haha...... the libraries are opening on the 10th, can’t wait. And I got an appointment with the hairdresser. Happy days.


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    Found a short novella by Ian Rankin on BorrowBox called The Travelling Companion. I’m a big fan of Ian Rankins Rebus books. This was about a student in Paris early 80’s and his strange adventures connected to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Enjoyed it.


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    Enjoyed the Agatha Christie so read another one. Then There Were None, I think this was called Ten Little N***** when I read it the first time. Where the N word was it’s been changed to Soldiers. It was a good mystery/whodunnit and I didn’t remember the ending so it was good. The libraries open tomorrow. Happy Days .


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    You’re correct on the name change. We thought nothing of the title at the time as it was from a popular children’s rhyme! Hard to believe how much language and usage changes in less than a generation.

    Great book. Many would say it’s her best. I doubt if anyone guessed the ending.


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    Now the Libraries are open I've a wider selection of books to choose from. I've just finished An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell, a Wallander Mystery. I think I've read all of this series, but I couldn't find this book in the library, but when I went back on Monday it was on the returns shelf so I took it out. It's only a short book but it was good. I like Wallander, he is so human and believable. Mankell wrote a short piece at the back about how he started writing the series and how he finished it, obviously not giving away how it ended! I, unfortunately, read the last one first! I didn't realise it was the last one 'til I finished it, but anyway I read the rest after that because I enjoyed it so much. I took out 5 books so don't know which one to read next.


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    Have just finished An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It was very good 8 out of 10. It was very easy to read and could have read it all in one or two sittings only I had to get up for work the next day! Eight out of ten because I thought the job the character Celestial had was a bit weird, she made dolls to sell I didn't find it very believable I thought it would be better if she was an artist of some sort, but maybe making dolls and selling them is an American thing. Also the ending was a bit weak in my opinion. But would definitely recommend it, it was about two African Americans just married and he's arrested and put in jail for a crime he didn't commit and how it affected their marriage, which they both thought was solid. They story was told mostly via letters to each other. it was a sad book too.


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    Read All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny. She writes crime/thrillers set in Quebec with Inspector Armand Gamache. This one is her latest and is set in Paris, where he has an apartment and his son and daughter have moved there. It was my first time to read one of her books, she's written about 20 so I might look up some more of them in the library. It was good, about an Engineering Company and uncovering dodgy dealings with precious metals and a mine in Patagonia. It was interesting with plenty of twists, you had to pay attention when reading it.


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    Have finished Cape May by Chip Cheek (great name!). It was set in 1957 in an off-season resort in New Jersey. It was evocative of the time it was set in. A good book. It was about a very young, newly married couple from Georgia who go there on their honeymoon. She, Effie, used to go there on her summer holidays when she was a child and her aunt and uncle had a summer house there where they stayed as they hadn't much money. They call in to visit a neighbour and it turns out to be someone she knew, a bit older than her, when she was a child. There's plenty of drinking, all times of the day and night, I don't know how they did it! There was plenty of sex as well as the older couple had a very "open" relationship, and weren't married to each other and eventually influenced them, or corrupted them, into their lifestyle and so put pressure on their relationship and marriage. It was good as the author brought you up-to-date with their lives later so it was finished off well, you weren't wondering what happened to them.


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    Read A Double Life by Charlotte Philby. It was about a woman working in the counter-terrorism unit in Whitehall who starts to lead a double life and a journalist trying to solve the mystery of what she thought was a girl being murdered/attacked one night on her way home from a party with a lot of drink and drugs consumed. I thought the two characters might meet up somehow and the stores might merge, but they didn't really only peripherally.

    It was quite a big book and it was an engrossing read especially at the beginning and middle, but I thought it could have been a bit shorter. But it was a good yarn. Charlotte is the grand-daughter of Kim Philby the spy from the 1960's and the book was partially set in Moscow.


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    Finished The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth Winthrop. It was about a young black boy accused of raping a white girl and the mobile Electric Chair is being brought to a small town in Louisiana to carry out the death sentence. This was a thing, they had an electric chair called Big Bertha they brought around in a truck to the various small towns to kill people! It was good, It took 7 characters and moved the story back and forth, each chapter dealt with a character and was only a few pages long, very easy too read.


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    The latest read was The Lost Man by Jane Harper. I have read 3 of her books so far this is the 3rd one the other two being, The Dry and Force of Nature. They were all set in Australia and when reading them you can sense the heat and dust of the outback, they are great reads.

    This one was about 3 brothers living in the outback on a cattle ranch, one of them is found dead in the desert miles from his vehicle, a big no-no in the Outback "Never leave your Vehicle" is the mantra. I think the first one The Dry is the best. Will keep an eye out for the next one.


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    Have finished The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. This was a thick book but I enjoyed it. It was about a family of 4 girls and went back and forward in time starting with the eldest getting married and then told the stories of how the parents met and the ups and downs of their family. I think it could have been cut down a bit but she said in her notes at the end it was already cut from 900 odd pages to 531. She said she based the Dad in the book on her own Dad, the parents did come across as being a bit too good to be true. But it is work of fiction, and the story is very well told.

    I notice, especially with American authors/books, there's always a mention or connection with Ireland in it. In this book it was the mother of the family whose name was Connolly and they were Irish/American, of course her father had a drink problem, you don't get this with other nationalities, do you?, i.e. Italian or Spanish or French being referenced or brought into the story in some way, maybe the cliché is correct that we "punch above our weight". I think I'll make a note of any Irish references in future book reviews here.


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    Read Unto us a Son is Given by Donna Leon. I’m a big fan of these books set in Venice. The stories are quite simple but the setting in Venice is great escapism and at this stage I feel like I know the family well and she mentions the meals they’re having and he walks around Venice and you can imagine what it’s like. I was in Venice for a long weekend a few years ago so it brings back nice memories. The story was about a gay man who adopts a younger man as his son and then unfortunately dies. I will check if she’s written another one as this one was written in 2019 she seems to write one a year.



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    Finished Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. I'd read Wolf Hall the first in the trilogy and found it hard going, but this was more enjoyable, it was easier to read and more interesting as it was about Anne Boleyn and how Cromwell managed to get rid of her for Henry the Eighth. It was a very cruel time, but I suppose life was very cheap then and death was always close by. I'd read books about her before and watched the Tudors and felt some sympathy for Anne, but in this book I didn't really. I going to try get the third book in the trilogy from the library and finish the story. I think the last one will deal with his other wives and how Cromwell got his comeuppance in the end. I only recently copped that the Cromwell in her books is different to one that caused such trouble here in Ireland. This Cromwell is Thomas Cromwell, I wonder was Oliver any relation?



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