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WWW Wednesdays: 17 October 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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Rowling, J K - Harry Potter #3 and the Prisoner of AzkabanWhat am I currently reading?

I started Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban yesterday. I have read it once before, but it was a long long time ago and I really don’t remember much. I remember the movie, but not the book. I am 50 odd pages in and I am enjoying it quite a bit so far. I feel like Rowling’s writing really improved in this one. So far so good.

King, Stephen - MiseryWhat did I recently finish reading?

I finished Stephen King’s Misery yesterday. I thought it was a good read. Unsettling and hair raising without being too scary. I would like to read some more Stephen King in the future. I am sure I read one of his books before, but I can’t remember which one and I think it left me pretty cold. This one gets a thumbs up though!

What do I think I will be reading next?

Not sure. I have two classics on my TBR this month: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (which I already started, got 50 pages in, and decided to pause it as I wasn’t in the mood) and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I may give Wives and Daughters another go. Otherwise I may read Bird Box by Josh Malerman, which is another that’s on my TBR for this month. No fixed plans as of yet, but it may be one of those…. or something else altogether. 🙂

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Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Misery (Stephen King)

King, Stephen - Misery

★★★★★☆☆

Title:  Misery
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction / Horror
First published: 1987
Edition: paperback, published by Signet in 1988

This was my first Stephen King novel and it was a pretty good introduction.

There was a lot of suspense and anticipation and I could feel the main character’s emotions as he lived under the she-devil’s wrath. I liked the fact that it was all about a book that the villain wanted to be written. What lengths would you go to for your favourite author to write the book you want? Well, not those lengths I hope!

I felt in places it was a bit longer and drawn out than it needed to be, but overall I really thought this was a pretty well written thriller/horror. The ending was pretty predictable and there were no major plot twists, but I did not mind that too much. Axes and electric knives are scary enough!

Overall, thumbs up for my first Stephen King novel. I am sure I will read more.

5 out of 7 stars

 

Books · Lifestyle · Random Chatter

Reading and Life Update: we’ve got ponies!

Hello bookfolk!

This past week has been the slowest reading week I have had in a long time and the main reason for that is because we have been busy vetting and buying our ponies!

We have been casually looking for a suitable pony for a while. We went to look at an Irish Cob (AKA tinker/gypsy vanner) pony last week. I knew she had a foal by her side, but meant to only look at the mare. The foal ended up being so cute and such a great mover, that we decided to buy the pair. The mare is small enough for my six-year-old daughter to not look out of place and just about big enough for me to ride her.

We had them vetted on Thursday. They had some minor health issues, but overall the vet liked them, especially their temperament, we we decided to go for it.

Getting everything sorted for their arrival took a lot of time and nervous anticipation, which kept me from reading (and blogging!).

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We picked them up on Saturday evening and we are still getting used to each other. The mare’s name is Freda and my daughter’s named the colt foal Moon. Tomorrow I will try doing a bit of work with them for the first time, as we need to start working towards bonding a bit better. Freda is quiet and pretty passive, but she does not trust me yet. Moon’s curiosity makes him far more likely to come over and enjoy a scratch, but I can tell his mum is still a bit unsure. Time to try all this Join-Up business I keep hearing about. It does not look too complicated, but to be fair things that don’t look complicated often are ridiculously hard.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)MiseryOn the reading front, I have given up on Wives and Daughters for now, until I am in a calmer mindset, and I am reading Misery by Stephen King. I was reading only 20 to 40 pages a day for a few days, so it has been a bit slow, but today was the first time that I read 100+ pages for a few days. I am getting there! It’s a good book. It’s not scary exactly, but rather unpleasant 🙂 There is a chance I may finish it tomorrow and I think I will read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban next.

If you have any horsey bonding tips, let me know! If you have any new pets or happenings in your life you want to shout about, let me know that too!

I am sure I will be back blogging like my normal self soon. I am just getting used to my new daytime routine!

xx

 

 

 

Books · Currently Reading

Currently Reading… Update #29

Hello there, lovely folk!

Just a quick post as I have been a little distracted from my reading and my blog lately by other going-ons in life. It happens sometimes! All good (hopefully), but just stuff that takes up time and brainpower and is very distracting…

I started Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell a few days ago, but I have only read three chapters of chapters. I am a bit intimidated by the size of the book! It is almost 800 pages!!! Wives and Daughters is the group read for Victober, a group read all about Victorian authors, so really want to read it. The first few chapters were not hard to digest, but I am not sure whether I am in the mood for it. Reading The Return of the King really put me in a bit of a funk, I think. I am determined not to wallow in it though! I don’t think I am in the mindset for this at the moment. I am too easily distracted. so I figured I would put it aside for a week or so to read other things.

I have just picked up Stephen King’s Misery from my bookshelf instead. Hopefully that will be slightly more gripping and engaging. I love classic literature, but I have to be in the mood for it and I am not at the moment. It takes too much reading, if you know what I mean!

I doubt I will get much reading done over the next few days as I have a few very busy days ahead ending hopefully with new additions to the family. Aren’t I being mysterious 😉

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: The Return of the King (J R R Tolkien)

★★★☆☆☆☆

Title:  The Lord of the Rings #1 – The Return of the King
Author: J R R Tolkien
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1955
Edition: paperback, published by Unwin Paperbacks in 1986

Of the three books in The Lord of the Rings series this final book is my least favourite by quite a margin. I found it as a whole very dense and simply not that interesting. It felt a bit anticlimactic.

I hate feeling like I am glad that I have finished a book, but I did not really get on with this one that well. The writing was just so dense and elaborate, it made me tired reading a page!  Sure, as a whole, the series tells an incredible story, but whereas I felt that with The Two Towers Tolkien had found a slightly lighter, more digestible note, in this final book I just felt dragged down.

I understand why it is a classic in the genre, but I really did not enjoy this anywhere near as much as The Two Towers, which is still my favourite in the trilogy.

3 out of 7 stars

Book Haul · Books

October Charity Shop Book Haul

After the huge book haul from last month I have been keeping quiet on the book buying front. Go me! I did pop into the charity shop over the weekend to look for riding boots for my daughter (which they did not have!), so I could not not go to the book section.

I spent a grand total of €3.75 on the following books:

1. The Girl with the Pearl Earring (Tracy Chevalier)

I do like a bit of historical fiction and this book is set in my country, so why not read it? I don’t actually mind the movie cover on this one.

2. The Long Way Down (Nick Hornby)

This actually has a pretty low rating on Goodreads (3.41), but it sounds kind of fun.

3. A Little Learning (Evelyn Waugh)

I never read any Evelyn Waugh, but this is an autobiography as far as I can tell and I will probably like it.

4. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other STories (Oscar Wilde)

I love The PIcture of Dorian Gray so much, I have always resisted reading anymore Wilde, bu tit might be about time! I have a book of Wilde’s collected work, but this paperback will be much easier to read.

5. Don’t Look Now (Daphne Du Maurier)

A collection of five short stories – perfect!

6. Quartet in Autumn (Barbara Pym)

7. The Sweet Dove Died (Barbara Pym)

8. Eccellent Women (Barbara Pym)

9. Jane and Prudence (Barbara Pym

The cover of Quarter in Autumn caught my eye with it’s pretty pattern and autumn colours. Then I found three more from the same writer with the same kind of covers. The stories seem to be about friendships and relationships and sound like good reads – I decided I needed them all!

So, that was my small haul from October so far. I don’t think there will be many more! Let me know if you read any of these books or authors!

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Anne of Cleves (Sarah-Beth Watkins)

Watkins, Sarah-Beth - Anne of Cleves

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Unwanted Wife
Author: Sarah-Beth Watkins
Genre: Non-Fiction / History
First published: 26 October 2018 by Chronos Books
Edition: ARC e-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

This is the story of Anne’s marriage to Henry, how the daughter of Cleves survived him and her life afterwards. 

I previously read Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots by the same author and this is much in the same vein. Well researched and easily digestible.  Anne of Cleves always seemed a fascinating character to me, being the wive that Henry VIII spurned, but treated fairly well after divorcing her.

I enjoyed learning more about this woman, who left home and country to marry a king, who was already infamous for forcing a divorce on his first wife and beheading his second. It is hard to get an idea of what Anne of Cleves was really like, but Watkins presented the evidence of her life and character as far as she has been able to discern from the sources available.

Of course history is never unbiased and Watkins is very aware of that. She presents correspondence, bits of  reports and rumours contemporary to the time period, but also notes if there were conflicting accounts, which happened fairly regularly.

If you are interested in the Tudors, this book will definitely interest you.

5 out of 7 stars