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A Quick Musing on Buying Books…

I started the year with the hope to buy fewer books than last year. In 2021 I bought far fewer books than the years previously and I was far more consciously reading the books I bought. Yet for some reason I decided that in 2022 I was allowing myself to buy only one book for every two (physical) books I read.

Well, that already went out of the window, since I bought (ordered) quite far too many books in the last week or two. I have been reading quite a bit and when I am reading a lot, I tend to buy more books. It just gets me thinking about what else I would like to read and excited about certain kind of books. I also read a couple of books this month that led me to other writers and especially poets, which is a completely different kettle of fish again.

I ordered three books for my Russian Classics TBR, which I am fine with, as I was going to buy those anyway and I will be reading them this year. I bought the two smaller ones, The Overcoat and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol and Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, because that is where I want to start. I was going to read Anna Karenina on my Kindle, but actually the version I have is an older translation and I think it will be harder to read. Since this is a big book, I want it to read as easily as possible. I have been doing some research and the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa VolokhonskyΒ seems to be the one to go for. That one was available in a fairly inexpensive but beautiful Ballantine Books edition, so I ended up ordering that one.

I was going to read three Russian classics, but I also have Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov on my Kindle, which I am hoping to read sooner rather than later. I don’t feel compelled to buy a physical copy of that. I am ok with reading it on my Kindle.

Four is an awkward number, so I figured a fifth Russian Classic would be interesting. I will see if I can add one at some point. I’d like to read one by a woman, but that appears to be tough task! A Russian friend recommended me Nikolai Leskov, so I may check him out once I have read the other books. That is if I like Russian literature!

Also, I wanted to read classic works by South American authors. I stumbled on Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and I ordered a collection of his poems in the Vintage red spine edition. I have started that one and may finish it by the end of the month. It’s big, but it’s deceptive as on one side it has the original Spanish text and on the other the English translation.

I also ordered a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, another very well-known South American author. I decided to give Love in the Time of Cholera a try. I found a nice Everyman’s Library edition that was inexpensive. In the same edition I stumbled across The Collected Works of Khalil Gibran. Now I have read a couple of works by Khalil Gibran and absolutely fell in love with his writing. To have his work collected in one book is just perfect, as he has a lot of smaller works and short stories. I am very excited about that one. I won’t count a collected work like this towards my TBR, as I am more likely to just dip in and out and I have already read a couple of the stories.

I ordered a couple more contemporary novels, which I plan to read next month.

Finally, I found some used Persephone books on eBay, which I decided to buy as I have been eyeing those for a while. They may take a while to get to me though, since they are shipping from abroad

Overall, despite the fact that I have bought too many books already, I am feeling very positive about it. I am confident that all these books will get read relatively quickly. I am genuinely excited about them and I feel happy. Looking at previous years, I tend to buy a good chunk of books at the beginning of the year and then there are some months I buy hardly any, so I am sure it will even out in the end. My goal is still to buy fewer books than last year, but I am not going to beat myself up about it. As long as my TBR keeps going down rather than up on average I will be pleased..

And you know what? The books bring me joy, just like music. Books and vinyl records are my vices! I guess there are worse things to spend your money on!

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Pointless Post: Goodreads Awards 2020

I never pay much attention to the Goodreads end of year awards, mainly because I read what I read and I am not always that current with the books I read. I have read the book that won the overall award (The Midnight Library by Matt Haig) and that kind of sparked my intrigue. I thought it w/c/ould be interesting to have a look at the actual lists, since I haven’t yet for exactly the reason I said in that first sentence. I thought it may be fun to see whether I have read any of them and what my thoughts were if I did. I will only look at the adult fiction books, as I hardly read YA or Middle Grade and the non-fiction I tend to read is unlikely to appear on the lists.

WARNING: This may be a complete dud of a post

Best Fiction

Ok, this is a good start (not). Of the 20 books listed I have read exactly one; The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I have liked all the books I have read by him, so it is no surprise I liked this one. I read it in January this year and though I loved it, it was not even my favourite book of the month. I gave it 6 stars (out of 7). I do have My Dark Vanessa on my Kindle and I am definitely interested in reading that one maybe a few others.

Mystery/Thriller

Now, I knew this isn’t a genre I go to a lot. I do enjoy a thriller/mystery, but I just do not tend to read for them. Therefore it is no surprise that I have only read one of the twenty books listed. Coincidentally this was the winning book, which is The Guest List by Lucy Foley. I enjoyed it well enough and ended up giving it 5 out of 7 stars. Of the other books in this list there are none that jump out that scream for me to read them. As I said, not a go-to genre for me.

Historical Fiction

There is an ongoing theme here! I have not read any of these, but I am reading Hamnet at the moment, which I am really enjoying by the way. I have been reading more historical fiction lately, but not necessarily anything recent. I am fussy with historical fiction and looking at this list there are not that many I am interested in.

Fantasy

Yes, the trend continues. I have read one of these, which is Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. This is also possibly my favourite book of the year so far (7 gorgeous stars for this one!). I read it in January and adored it. There are a few books in this category I would be interested in reading for sure, especially The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune.

Romance

Guess what? Yes, I have read one, which was Beach Read by Emily Henry and I was not a fan. I gave it 4 out of 7 stars only. I do like a romance, but I do not go out of my way to read popular romances.

Science Fiction

These books are all alien to me! I haven’t read any of these, though there are a few I may be intrigued by. Not enough to pick them up though. Science Fiction is a genre I read but rarely.

Horror

Nope, not one of these I have read. Like Science Fiction, Horror is not a genre I reach for. If one comes on my path, I am happy to read it and I may even love it every now and then, but I rarely buy it. I think the last horror I read was probably Bird Box, which I did love by the way…

Poetry

I have been reading more poetry in recent months (though still not a lot). I have read one of these, which is Lana Del Rey’s Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass, which I loved. This is definitely the category I am most likely to come back to for ideas for picking up more contemporary poetry. There are several here that look interesting to me.

CONCLUSION:

Not a surprise, but I am rubbish at reading popular books. Was there a point to this post? No, absolutely not. It did not accomplish anything at all, apart from my own amusement at how many books I haven’t read. Did it flag up books I would like to read in the future? A few, but most of those I was already aware of, apart from the poetry category, which is the most interesting to me.

In the end this was a completely pointless endeavour, but I will post it anyway. My apologies for wasting your time!

Have a great reading week. x

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Reading out of 2020 and into 2021

I was just thinking. It happens. Rarely, but it does happen. This time I was thinking about what I want from my reading in 2021, how much planning I want to do (because that is half the fun!) and how I can do that whilst still maintaining the flexibility I have liked about my reading this year.

NO MORE NETGALLEY (almost)

I definitely made some changes to my reading habits this year. I have pretty much stopped using NetGalley and am concentrating on reading the books I either already have or that I am acquiring. This gives me far more pleasure than deadlines do. I do still very occasionally accept books from authors who approach me, but only if I really like the sound of a book. I may still use NetGalley if there happens to be a book I am really excited about, but otherwise I have no intention to request any. I have enough books I am excited to read.

BUYING vs READING BOOKS

Although I still bought quite a lot of books this year it was 3/4 of what I bought last year. I have actually read over a third of them. The most interesting thing is that I am clearly more clued up as to what my reading tastes are as none of the physical books that I have bought and read this year were less than 5 stars (that is 4 Goodreads stars). I am really happy about that. It is very clear that I tend to read actual new books quicker than used book finds. This does make sense, because I clearly made a conscious decision to look up those books and buy them.

The latter observation also leads me to one of the things I would like to concentrate on in the coming year. I also purposefully want to pick up those used books, because I bought them for a reason, but I am just not picking them up. I am just not always that familiar with them, so I will either find a book that surprises me or I end up with a book that can disappear from my shelves. I may be pretty tough on these books, DNFing them if they don’t float my boat. I just have too many books like these and they are taking up space.

I do want to make a special effort in the first two or three months to read as many books bought in 2020 as I can, though of course I will allow myself to read books from my shelf if I am really in the mood for something I did not purchase in 2020.

I have a feeling my book buying will reduce even further in 2021, but we’ll see. I want to count the amount of books on my physical (and maybe Kindle) TBR and aim to reduce that TBR by the end of the year. Any books I know I won’t read again or that I have no sentimental attachment to will disappear from my shelves.

SETTING TBRs

I have not really worked with TBRs for a while. They worked for me for a while and then they simply did not. At the moment I am not setting monthly TBRs, but that is not to say I won’t start again when I feel I need it.

I will set a 21 for 2021 TBR soon, so keep an eye out for that. I found my 20 for 2020 TBR really useful this year and I should be on schedule to actually achieve reading those 20 books (I have read 18).

However, I also set a series TBR for 2020 and I have really not been in the mood for reading series, so I am not sure whether I will do that again or not. I have two books left on my series TBR for 2020 and I would like to get to those, but I won’t push myself.

The books still left on my 2020 TBR are:

  • To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
  • The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)
  • Quell (Clare Littlemore) – series TBR (Flow series)
  • Darkdawn (Jay Kristoff) – series TBR (Nevernight Chronicle)

I have also decide to use Youtube’s Booksandlala’s Buzzwordathon prompts for 2021 to set a separate TBR. She basically has a prompt word (s) every month and you should try and read a book with that word in the title. I won’t stick to the months, but these prompts should force me to explore my book case a bit more. I will do a post on this a bit later on with some books from my shelves that would fit every prompt.

GENRES

I think my taste in books is changing, or maybe settling is a better word. My preferred genre does fluctuate throughout the year though. I used to read a lot of fantasy, but I haven’t really read many books in that genre this year. Hence I haven’t made much progress series-wise. I do enjoy fantasy still and I hope to dip my toes a bit deeper into that genre again in 2020. It may just have to be a conscious decision.

Lately I have been enjoying poetry a lot more and I would like to read a bit more, including some classic poets.

I have read quite a bit of non-fiction this year, partly due to a book club. I have read more memoirs this year, which I have been enjoyingm especially when those are available on audio book read by the author. I think this is a trend that will continue. I will dig into stats a bit further at the end of the year.

Lately I have been enjoying historical fiction again, especially stories set in the Middle East, and I may try and seek out some more of those types of books.

I have read more romance is well, which is interesting. I have found I am pretty picky when it comes to roamnce novels. They are the books that I often rate the lowest. But then, when you read a good one, it’s great!

And Classics – I always need to read more classics!

I will write up a 2021 Reading and Blog Resolutions soon and review my 2020 one if I think it’s interesting! (I definitely want to make some changes to my blog activity and posts next year!)

SO, WHAT ELSE AM I READING IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF 2020?

Apart from the above few books I have few plans. Oh, actually, I noticed I have three Christmas romance type novels on my Kindle, so I will probably try and read those this month. I am on the second one πŸ™‚ .

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What are your reading plans for these last few weeks?

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My thoughts on racism and what is going on…

I have been trying to figure out how to talk about racism and I have come to the conclusion that I simply do not know. I do not have the words for what is going on. Yet, I do feel it is important to speak up.

I want to touch on what has been going on this past week, and to tell the truth, what has been going on ever since I can remember. Seeing all the support from the majority of my real life and virtual friends for the anti-racism campaigns has been heart warming. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion the world is divided into people who care about issues bigger than themselves, and people who just don’t care about anything that does not immediately affect them. The latter category are bastards and have no business being part of my life. Unfortunately, some of those bastards are in my extended family, which makes it kind of difficult to cut them out.

All I can do is speak up and not let racist or prejudiced comments go unchallenged. I have had so many heated discussions with idiots in the last few days that my brain is tired. But then I realised, if I am tired after a few days, how do people feel when they have to deal with this sh*t day in, day out, every day of their lives.

I am not qualified to talk about what it’s like being a person of colour in this very white-focused world. All I can say is that hear you, that I see you and that I care.

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Honey, Michael K - To The Promised LandFinally, an appropriate book recommendation.

A couple of years ago I read To The Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice by Michael K Honey. I found it very eye opening and interesting. I never see this book mentioned and I felt it was time to give it another shout-out.

Here is my review.

If you have any book recommendations for me, fiction or non-fiction, please put them in the comments.

 

 

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Musical May?

I have already read Debbie Harry’s autobiography Face It, and a romance novel with a musician love interest (Sweet Thing by RenΓ©e Carlino). Currently I am reading On The Come Up by Angie Thomas and Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman. All of these book have music as a common denominator. So I figured I may as well build a tentative TBR for the rest of May around that subject! Just browsing through my shelves, both physical and on my Kindle, I have the following options:

So, possible (owned) reads are:

  • This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab – fantasy, but with some sort of musical element I believe – I have both paperbacks.
  • Mix Tape (Jane Sanderson) – contemporary romance involving well, a mix tape (have e-book).
  • Roomies (Christina Lauren) – a musician love interest (have e-book)
  • Written in Dead Wax (Andrew Cartmell) – this series is called The Vinyl Detective. Go figure! Could be enjoyable or absolutely ridiculous. I have the paperback on my shelves.
  • Cherry Beats (Vicki James) – this is an adult rockstar romance (have e-book)
  • I Was Born For This (Alice Oseman) – YA around fandom and a rock-pop band (have e-book)
  • Telling Stories (Tim Burgess) – the autobiography of frontman of The Charlatans and one I have been meaning to read for a while! Paperback present.

I do have several more non-fiction books on music, but I only want to put one on this list as I am reading one already – a BIG one!

If you can think of anymore music-themed books you have loved, please let me know!

L. xx

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Which romance novels work for you?

Let’s talk romance books! I want (and need) your recommendations!

I am so in the mood for a good romance novel, but most of the ones I have picked up simply fall flat for me. After trying another well-received romance novel that started off well, but deflated halfway through, I have to wonder whether it is me and my expectations of what a good romance novel should do.

I understand that this is a very personal thing. Romance means different things to different people. I am not a particularly romantic person in my daily life. Don’t get me wrong, I am happily married and I love my husband to bits, but neither of us is into grand romantic gestures. However, my husband is the best hugger! Neither of us proposed, we simply sat on the sofa one day (we had been living together for years by this point) and decided together that it would be a good idea. It is not romantic, but this is who we are. We have been married ten years this year and still going strong, so we are doing something right!

In my romance novels the most important thing for me is tension. God, there needs to be tension between the leads. It does not have to be explicitly sexy tension either – but I need to feel their attraction to each other, their emotions. That is exactly why a book like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen works so well. There is no sexy times in it, but it is both romantic and sexy, because the author managed to convey the emotions between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy and creates tension without needing physical contact even.

A petpeeve is when an author is not able to sustain the tension once the relationship has started. In that case, don’t write about that part and end the book at the point the couple finally gets together.

I have just been wanting to read a book that makes me feel happy and that gives me butterflies. Recently so far, the books I have chosen have failed miserably. I have read contemporary romance, historical romance, fantasy romance and even some smut and it is not doing what I want it to do. It is the genre I have my most DNFs as well.

For example, here are some romance books I have read that people tend to like and this is how I have rated them:

Bourne, Holly – How Do You Like Me Now?Β Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
Cole, Alyssa – A Princess in TheoryΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
Dare, Tessa – The Duchess DealΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
Fallon, Jane – Strictly Between UsΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
Hoang, Helen – The Kiss QuotientΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
Kinsella, Sophie – Can You Keep A Secret?Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
Lauren, Christina – The UnhoneymoonersΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
Lord, Emma – Tweet Cuteβ˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
McQuiston, Casey – Red, White & Royal BlueΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Morgan, Sarah – New York ActuallyΒ  β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
Thorne, Sally – The Hating GameΒ β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

I don’t dislike any of these books. I just did not really connect with the romances in most of them. When the romance is the whole point of the book, I just end up disappointed when it does not work for me! Anything that would have likely ended up rating lower, I have DNFd.

Are there any popular romance book that have not worked for you? And which ones did? I would love to hear from you!

 

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Let’s Talk about the upcoming The Wheel of Time TV Adaptation

So, Amazon is turning my favourite epic fantasy series into a TV series. Is that exciting? Yes, definitely. Is it scary? Hell, yeah, what if it ends up being a complete farce like the Shannara Chronicles car crash? But I have a bit of hope that it won’t… Why not? Well…

1. It’s Amazon and one presumes that the program will have a decent budget. I mean, when I heard the budget for their (completely unneccesary) Lord of the Rings adaptation it kind of blew my mind!

2. Creator Rafe Judkins is a big fan of the actual book series and director (of at least the first episode) Uta Briesewitz has plenty of experience with big shows (Jessica Jones, Westworld, Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, etc)

3. Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet and Brandon Sanderson are involved in some sort of consulting capacity. Sanderson has said that the changes they made to the source material make sense considering the different medium and I think I trust his opinion.

4. The casting so far looks pretty solid. A big actress (Rosamund Pike) to play Moiraine and lesser known/less exposed talented actors for the younger roles. I am curious to see what other actors will be cast!

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I am curious to see what changes willΒ  be made. From what I have heard Moiraine is the main protagonist in at least the first few episodes, whereas Rand is the main protagonist in the first book. Apparently they are also expanding the role of Logain, the false dragon. I think that could actually be a good move. I wonder whether they will show Rand and Logain with parallel storylines, so people unfamiliar with the books may not be sure who the true Dragon Reborn is.

Considering that Moiraine is kinda the main girl in the TV series, I wonder whether they will pull some of the prequel New Spring into the show to show some of her (and Lan’s) background.

I am also pretty curious what R-rating they will put on it. I mean, there is quite a bit of nudity, sex and violence in the books, even if the writing is never that gory or explicit. Bad, cruel shit happens all the time in these books and there is so much nudity!

Will they condense the books? How closely will the series follow the main events from the books? What will it expand on? What will it cut out? So many questions!

However, something I really love about these books is the cultural details. Every area in the WOT world has its own very detailed cultural differences. I hope they bring a lot of that to the screen as well. It is what makes Jordan’s fantasy world so rich.

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Have you read the books? Are you excited about the TV series? What changes do you think will/should be made?

Buckle up! The Wheel of Time Series is only two years away… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰

 

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How about them 2019 Reading Resolutions? Progress report time…

It’s August – 2/3rds of the year gone – So, how about these puppies?

2019 Resolutions:

1. Series: Finish reading the series I have started in 2018 (such as the Grishaverse trilogy, The Raven Cycle, the Nevernight Chronicles, Harry Potter, etc) and not starting new series until I have finished one of the ones I was already reading.

I did finish The Raven Cycle and the Grishaverse trilogy. Yay! I am reading Godsgrave this month and will get Darkdawn as soon as it is out in the edition I want. So I am doing ok with this one.

2. Re-reading childhood favourites: I have The Black Stallion and The Silver Brumby series that I would love to set time aside for throughout the year to re-read.

I have read The Black Stallion, but only the first book. It is something I would still like to continue doing, because it was such a nice experience to read a book I loved so much as a child.

3. Reading nature non-fiction: I have lots of natural world non-fiction books that I would love to read.

I have read some, but not as much as I would like. Progress still needs to be made here.

4. Mood-reading: I will try and keep my TBRs small, so I can mood-read quite a bit as well. That has been working for me quite well lately.

I did this for a few months, but it stopped working for me. I am setting relatively big TBRs at the moment, partly to help me reach my reading goals for this year!

5. Audio-books: I want to try and listen to some more audio books. I think I only listened to three over 2018. I have a few left to listen to and I really should!

You know how many audio books I have listened to this year? None!

6. Read a book by Charles Dickens –Β I have never read any and I acquired three!

Nope.

7. Read a book by Thomas HardyΒ – I tried and failed years ago and would like to try again.

Haha, nope!

8. Read a book by Jane AustenΒ – I have loved all her books and there a couple I have not read yet.

Nope, nope, nope.

9. Read a book by Daphne du Maurier – I keep hearing amazing things!

Of course not! I have three books by her on my shelf (one is a short story collection), but still haven’t reached for them. Shame on me.

10. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I want to try and use this principle when choosing my TBR each (or some) months. This means reading one of my oldest TBR books, a recent purchase, a recommendation and a book with blue on the cover. I kind of like that idea!

I don’t actually remember whether I have used this. I should do, it’s pretty bloody brilliant!

11. Use my TBR bag! I have a bag with all the titles on my shelf in it that I can use to pick a random book, but I never use it – I should!

I think I have used it exactly once. I will try and use it next month.

12. Continue my read-a-year-old-book.Β Β I started doing this in late 2018, where I read a book that I bought that month a year ago. I look at the books I bought that month, review my progress and then choose one to read. It’s fun!

Yep, I have been consistently doing this, so pretty happy with that.

13. Don’t forget my Kindle books! It is so easy to buy Kindle books (especially when they are on sale), but I often kind of forget to read them. I want to try and read at least one a month, preferrably more. I probably have over 100 books on my Kindle…. Oops! Initially I want to try and read the oldest Kindle book I have each month if I can.

I have been reading more of my Kindle books, so I consider this one a success.

14. Read Dutch language books! I have a number of book in Dutch on my shelf. Although I do prefer to read books by English language authors in English, I am happy to read other translated fiction in Dutch, or in fact Dutch books. Last year I did not read any books in Dutch and I need to make an effort to do so.

I still don’t tend to reach for Dutch language books unfortunately. There is one in particular I will try and get to this year though…

15. Relax. These are only ideas – they are not stuff I HAVE to do… Basically I should just read what I feel like, but keep these things in mind.

I am succeeding with this one pretty well. I am not taking my TBRs or reading goals that seriously. They are just a guide of what I would like to do, not what I have to do.

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So, let’s adjust those resolutions for the final four months of 2019:

1. Continue finishing some series before starting new ones.Β I plan to finish The Nevernight and Foolish Kingdom series and will continue Harry Potter at some point.

2. Re-reading old childhood favourites. I will try and make time to read either The Silver Brumby or The Black Stallion Returns.

3. Reading nature non-fiction. I would like to read at least a few more this year.

4. Mood-reading.Β I plan to set decent-sized TBRs that leave a little room to moodread. My TBRs do tend to be set around my mood at the time I set it anyway.

5. Audio-book.Β I do have a couple of audio books that I should get to. I will try and get to those before the end of the year. Audio books are not my thing do. When I want to listen to something, I tend to put music on.

6-9. Read two classics before the end of the year.Β No other specifics here!

10. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.Β I will try and use this in my September TBR.

11. Use my TBR bag!Β I will pick one book from my TBR bag for my September TBR.

12. Continue my read-a-year-old-book.

13. Don’t forget my Kindle books! Reading one at the moment!

14. Read Dutch language books!Β I plan on reading Het Diner (The Dinner) by Herman Koch soon. Probably in October or November.

15. Relax.Β Yeah, I will do my best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What shall I read next?

I am reading A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson at the moment, which is some fun Christmas chick lit. I am just thinking about what I should read next.

I fancy one of the following: should I continue reading The Harry Potter series with The Goblet of Fire, or read Nevermoor, or The Dream Thieves? They should all be fun reads, but which do you think I should read? Or maybe I should pick something from Winter Project?

Let me know what you think I should read!

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Questions…

SPOILERS AHEAD

(in case you are the one person in the world that has not read Harry Potter yet…)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Illustrated Edition

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As I have endured two lots of theΒ Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone audio book over the course of our holiday (courtesy of my six-year-old), and having read it once myself this year, and 1 1/2 times with Ro, there is some stuff I have noticed…

I am sure these plotholes or questions have been answered, but there is no fun in looking them up!

Ok, so first of all, What is Prof McGonagall doing in Privet Drive if she does not know the Dursleys are his aunt and uncle and if she does know it is so, why does she act so surprised? Or is it outrage written as surprise?

And if the Dursleys hate Harry so much, surely they could have given him up for adoption…. (I know, the evil aunt and uncle is a classic trope). Also, there is mention of the grandparents who were proud their daughter Lily went to Hogwarts… What happened to them? I can’t remember whether there is any more mention of them in the rest of the series. You would think they could have taken Harry.

Also, if Hagrid borrowed the motorbike from Sirius Black and Sirius is Harry’s godfather (as we find out in later books), why did Sirius not take him himself? (This may be explained in later books as well – I can’t remember!!!)

Quidditch: what kind of game is this? It makes no sense? If you basically always win the game by catching the golden snitch and the game can’t end before the snitch is caught, what is the point of the rest of it?

The trapdoor: the enchantments behind the trapdoor seem more designed to test how clever and versatile someone is rather than keeping evil out. Surely all these brilliant wizards and witches could have done a much better (and more precise) job!

I am sure there were many more while I was listening to it, but those are the only ones that stuck in my feeble mind.

Do you have anymore? Or do you have answers? I would love to hear (read)!!!