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Sunday Summary: 14 April 2019

READING

I am pretty sure I am finally coming out of my slump, which was mainly managed by reading YA and romance books – it does work to keep it on the lighter side in times like these!

Matzen, Robert - Dutch GirlI am currently reading Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen, which is out tomorrow (and I hope to finish it tomorrow!). It is basically a biography of Audrey Hepburn during WWII in The Netherlands and so far I really love this book. It interweaves Audrey’s story with the story of the war in the particular area where she lived so well. Although I grew up in The Netherlands and lots of time was spent on WWII in history classes, this is teaching me new things and being focussed on a small, but important area during the war makes it very in depth and interesting. It’s a very human tale of war and how war affects a person, and how it affects everyone. I am 74% in and so far I am impressed with the research and the writing of this biography. Absolutely fascinating and I am learning so much about Audrey Hepburn and what she had been through.

I finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater yesterday. This is the third book in The Raven Cycle and I enjoyed it, if not quite as much as the first two books. I plan on reading the final book, The Raven King, in May.

I did start Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan a week or so ago, and after I finish Dutch Girl I will dedicate more time to that one in the coming week.

OTHER STUFF

I had a nice meal out in the village with some friends last night, which was good fun! Caught up on all the gossip (and let me tell you there was some, though none involving me of course). I dyed my hair ginger yesterday and a couple of people thought that was (and I quote) ‘so you’. I have no idea what that means. They said the same thing when I rocked up in my dungarees the other day. I swear, I live in a such a rural community that any expression of self is deemed as quirky. Well, just let me be quirky then! I have no problem being the oddball.

My daughter’s spring holidays start on Good Friday, so she will be off for two weeks. I am not sure whether that will have a positive or negative influence on my reading!

My Irish Cob mare Freda  is showing no sign of thinking about foaling anytime soon. The foal has been very active and Freda is looking well, so hopefully everything is still going as it should. The farrier is coming this week to do her and Pippin’s hooves.

And poo, I have to do my taxes 😦

Apart from that, we are taking it easy this week, I hope! I would really like to be able to read a ton if I can.

 

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Books · Sunday Summary

Sunday Summary: 24 February 2019

Yep, it’s offcial. I am in the midst of an almighty reading slump!

Actually, I simply have not had that much time to read this past week and a bit. There is simply a lot going on and I do not have as much time to read as normal (unless you count listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in the car for my daughter’s benefit!).

I have stopped reading The Clocks by Agatha Christie for a bit. I was just not in the mood for it. I have read Centaur (Declan Murphy/Ami Rao) only sparingly, eventhough I am really fascinated by the story. Instead I have been reading The Dream Thieves, the second book in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I am loving that one, but even then I have only been managing about 40 pages a day, which is way slow for me. However, I do find it easier to read that one than the other two at the moment.

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Hence also why I have been a bit AWOL on this blog lately.  It partly has to do with the fact that I just have a really busy few weeks and partly because I have been writing a bit and writing eats into my reading and blogging time bigtime. When I do have time, I am easily distracted, which does not help my enjoyment in reading at the moment.

Yesterday we were out all day and today we were on our family day out to the zoo (as chosen by my six-year-old). Tomorrow I am out all day as well, so that does not bode well!

Hopefully things will be calming down a bit in March and I will be back to normal, but for now, bear with me!

Lots of blogging love! xx

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Sunday Summary: 10 February 2019

SO, WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON?

It has been a sparse week for reading as well as blogging.

I have been a bit distracted trying to find a new home for my ten-month old foal, whilst getting my head around the fact that soon Freda is having another one in a couple of months. We are also trying to find a shetland pony to keep her company instead. So it’s been quite an equine worry week. Worrying is not good for reading in my case.

But I have been reading, if not an enormous amount. I am about 60% into The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I am enjoying it, but I am not loving it as much as I expected. I have heard so many people rave about this book, and yeah, it’s fun, but is it really THAT good? The interactions between the main characters, Lucy and Josh, are just a bit too non-sensical sometimes. It made me roll my eyes a bit on a few occasions. But the book IS a good time, so I am not complaining.

The other book I have started reading is Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao. It is Declan Murphy’s story about his career as a jockey and the accident that almost killed him. He fractured his skull in a dozen places, but survived to tell the tale. Ami Rao is the actual writer, but she has written it from Declan’s perspective. So basically she is a ghost writer, but named! I am liking it quite a bit. Declan comes across quite cocky, but I kind of like that. There is no false modesty here!

Two very different books and I am enjoying both.

COMING UP

I expect to finish The Hating Game tomorrow. I think I will be reading either The Dream Thieves (Maggie Stiefvater) or Siege and Storm (Leigh Bardugo) next. I quite fancy a bit of YA fantasy! I do plan to read both of those this month to make my way through the series I am reading. I am not starting any new series until I have actually finished some!

The coming week we have a visit to a local shetland pony breeder planned. We hope to find one my daughter can ride and that also can go in front of a sulky. That would be a fun thing to do.

Apart from that I don’t have a ton planned, so hopefully if I stop worrying, I will get some reading done!

Happy Sunday! xx

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Summary: 27 January 2019

What I read this this week…

ivey, eowyn - the snow childI finished The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey on Monday. I really liked it, but did not quite love it as much as I had hoped.

bloks, moniek - carolina of orange-nassauThen I read Carolina of Orange-Nassau by Moniek Bloks, which is an historical biography of a woman who ended up the ancestor of many of the modern royal houses of Europe. It was pretty short, but interesting enough. I knew nothing about this lady and it was interesting to see how all these families are connected through her and her children.

Jordan, Robert - Winter's HeartFinally I have started Winter’s Heart, book nine of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I am not quite halfway, but almost there. It is a 700 page book, so I am pretty pleased. It is a re-read, which makes it slightly easier to read. This is not my favourite in the series, but I am actually enjoying it quite a bit. I hope to be able to finish it this month.

I have started tentatively planning my TBR for February. I definitely hope to continue some of the series I am reading. Not sure which ones yet though. I also have a couple of short story collections that were sent to me that sound really interesting, so I would like to make an effort to read those.

What I did this week…

Not that much to be honest. It snowed quite a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday was a very nice sunny snowday. After that it went downhill though. Today was horrid and wet  and tomorrow is meant to be just as bad. I know I mention the weather a lot, but it seems to have a big impact on my mental health. I find my mood goes up and down with the sun.

I also did not do that much this past week. Lots of general chore stuff. It was a pretty boring week overall. I did some clearing out of drawers – does that count? 😉

We went out for lunch today for my grandma’s 90th birthday and it was nice to see everyone. One of my cousins finally came as gay, which was so nice to hear, because we all knew anyway. She just had to make that final decision for herself, which she has now done and that is just brilliant. I am so proud of her and hope to meet her girlfriend soon.

What is coming…

The upcoming week is not going to be that exciting either, I’m afraid. My brother and his wife are celebrating their birthdays next week, so we will go to their house to celebrate next weekend, but apart from that I have nothing planned, apart from reading my book. I would like to be a bit more social, so I will try and plan in some coffee dates with friends to try and have a slightly less introverted week.

Books · Sunday Summary

Sunday Summary: 13 January 2019

ahdieh, renee - the wrath and the dawnbaker, jo - longbournI have had a pretty stellar reading week. I finished two novels: Longbourn (Jo Baker) and The Wrath and the Dawn (Renée Ahdieh), but I also finished an anthology, Winter, and a poetry collection, Wild Flowers (Michelle S Smith).

 

That is pretty good going for me.

smith, michelle s - wild flowersReading Wild Flowers did make me want to read more poetry, because when I do I actually really enjoy the experience. Last year I hardly read any poetry and I really need to change that!

Arden, Katherine - Winternight Trilogy 3 The Winter of the WitchI read the first chapter of the concluding book of the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden yesterday, as my eyes were drooping, wanting to go to sleep. I really hope The Winter of the Witch will be all I want it to be to complete a series I have loved the first two books of in style. I have only heard good things, but that does not always mean much.

ivey, eowyn - the snow childIn the week ahead I hope to read The Winter of the Witch and The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey).

sue, eugene - the godolphin arabianI might read something else inbetween, so they don’t blur into one. I have a little book called The Godolphin Arabian, which is based on the story of one of the founding sires of the modern thoroughbred racehorse. It has been asking for me to read it and it’s only small. It was written in 1846 by Eugene Sue (in French), but this is a recent translation. It is only short and should be a quick fun read.

I hope to read at least 100 pages of The Winter of the Witch today, but I am not pushing myself today – I read plenty this week!

Happy Sunday!