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Reading Diary: Thursday, 11 April 2019

09.13 – I haven’t done one of these in a while. Mainly because I have not been reading that much, but I want to cram quite a bit of reading time in today, so here we go.

I have taken my daughter to school and just had my morning coffee and breakfast. Now I can slot in 45 minutes of reading before I need to get my lazy arse off the sofa to do some work. I am reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater this morning. I am currently on page 164 and I will try and read as uch as I can until 10 o’clock.

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09.57 – I will stop here, on page 218 as it is the beginning of a new chapter (28) and chapter 27 ended on a cliffhanger. Perfect!

To be honest, I have been having a rougher time than I expected with this book. It hasn’t been grabbing me like The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves did. I am hoping the second half of the book will do better for me. So far, I would give it five out of seven stars, I think. I still love the characters, but it just feels like so far nothing much has happened. I feel quite removed from it.

Right, let me go and do some stuff I need to do and hopefully I will have a bit of time to read before I have to pick up my girl from school.

11.30 – Ok, took some time grooming Freda and grazing the ponies for a bit. Freda’s baby was moving about quite a bit. I wonder when she will foal. Could be this month, or next month. We don’t know. She turned out to be pregnant already when we got her. Surprise foal….

Anyway, I am supposed to ready the cottage for new Airbnb guests arriving tomorrow, but I am feeling just a tad lazy and wanted to read a bit more, so that’s what I did. I am now about to start chapter 31 on page 244. I have read about 80 pages so far this morning. That is ok going for me at the moment. I will try and make it 100 before I have to pick up Ro from school. So off I go!

12.30 – Did not quite manage 100 pages this morning. I stopped at page 260, the end of chapter 32. I have to go out in a bit (I am having lunch right now), and I won’t continue reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue until at least late afternoon. I am taking my Kindle on my walkabout, so I may have a chance to read some of Dutch Girl instead. I keep meaning to get on with that one, as it’s out on the 15th. I will keep you posted!

14.55 – I have read about 9% of Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen whilst out and having to wait for something. It’s an account of Audrey Hepburn’s life before and during WWII in The Netherlands. So far, I think it is very interesting. Audrey Hepburn is a fascinating icon. I remember seeing a TV interview with her on Dutch television. It must have been towards the end of her life and she was such an interesting person that when I saw this book on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. So far I am really glad I did. I never knew anything about her family background or the fact that her parents were nazi sympathisers that met Hitler in the 1930s. It also briefly goes over the German invasion of The Netherlands, which is a much needed refresher of the history of my country seen through the eyes of a foreigner.

I had a spare five minutes and read another chapter of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, which I am much more into now that I was when I started reading today.

18.00 – So I got to 27% in Dutch Girl. I am really enjoying that one so far. So much WWII details that I did not know about, that doesn’t centre on the usual themes. It makes for a really interesting read.

I read quite a bit today and I am trying to decide whether to continue with Blue Lily, Lily Blue or make some headway in Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan… Decisions, decisions…

20.30 – I started reading a bit of Crossroads of Twilight. My aim is to read 50 pages of that, but somehow I doubt I will get there today! I keep getting distracted from that one, so maybe I should pick Blue Lily back up again instead. I already knew Crossroads of Twilight is not the strongest in this series, but it is the final weaker book, so it’s all go from here on out.

22.55 – So tired. Already in bed. Will try and read another chapter or two of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but my eyes will soon fall shut, I fear!

Night night for now. It was a good reading day 💕

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