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Weekend Reading Diary: 16-18 August 2019

Friday, 16 August

22.01 – I have been lagging behind a bit reading this past week and I fully plan to pull some of it back over the weekend. It is supposed to be pretty rainy, so fingers crossed I will get the chance to read a lot. We have been out at a theme park all day today, so I have not read one page yet and I am pretty exhausted.  I am fully confident that starting this post today will motivate me to read a bunch the next few days. I want to finish at least one book! AT LEAST!

TOTAL PAGES READ: 33

Saturday, 17 August

10.56 – Groceries done, just fed the horses and sitting down to a cup of coffee and a biccie. Once I finished typing I will start reading. My plan is to finish Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons this morning and read 100 pages of Godsgrave if I can today. Fingers crossed I get enough reading time today.

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11.43 – I have just finished Summer: and Anthology for the Changing Seasons. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it was as strong a collection overall as the Winter version I read last, ha, winter. Let’s go and write up a review now.

Harrison, Melissa (Editor) - Summer15.52 –  I wrote my review of Summer and I have read about 15 pages of Godsgrave. I am still aiming for 100 pages (up to around page 350), but we will see whether we will get there.

On a side note, I watched a couple of videos on the casting (so far) for The Wheel of Time series that is supposed to start filming at the end of the year. I have to say, so far, so good. The casting choices seem to be right on the nose. Apart from Rosamund Pike, the choices have been low key, just the way I like it.

TOTAL PAGES READ: 96

Sunday, 18 August

10.28 – Bad blogger for not updating after 4 yesterday! I did not read the 100 pages of Godsgrave that I planned to. In fact, I only read 55 pages. Combined with the 48 pages I read of Summer, I did not even make it to my daily goal of 100 pages!. Oh well, new day, new chances and all that. I had planned to finish Godsgrave today, but 150 pages to go I think it is highly unlikely! Nonetheless, we will give it a good shot (really? did I just refer to myself as plural? Yes, I guess I did and I am not changing it!).

We did finish watching Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale yesterday. I did not much care for the episode. All in all I have been a little bit ‘meh’ about season 3 in general.

Kristoff, Jay - The Nevernight Chronicle 2 Godsgrave11.53 – I got a solid hour of reading in and I read about 50 pages. I don’t know why Godsgrave takes so much reading! Normally I would finish a book of this size (450 in my paperback edition) in about 4 days, but for some reason it’s taking me way longer.

Having said that, I am enjoying the plot. I am not a big fan of the characters though. I feel like I couldn’t care less about Mia, which is a shame. It is not that I cannot connect to her, as I do not need to connect to a character to love a character, but this one is just not doing that much for me. Yet, I am interested in the story as a whole. The book straddles the divide between YA and adult fantasy and I kind of wish it would have gone either way a little bit further. It’s in nomansland in my humble opinion.

We just had a coffee. My husband and daughter have been digging a bit of the horse paddock in preparation of improving it for autumn and winter. Man, we have had a lot of rain in the last couple of weeks. Proper downpours. The ponies have even been inside at night for the past week or so, because the paddock has been a mud bath. It’s August! It was almost 40 degrees celsius in July (unheard of where I live) and August appears to have been nothing but rain. Fingers crossed the weather will improve so the paddock kan dry out a bit.

15.53 – I am not doing too badly. I have almost read 100 pages of Godsgrave today with only another 50 or so to go, so I am at least a tiny bit hopeful that I may be able to push myself to finish it. I am still not sure how I am going to rate this book. Usually at this point I pretty much know, but I am really not sure at all. It is going to be lower than six stars – I know that much. I am thinking four stars at the moment, unless it has a truly spectacular final fifth. We will see…

17.12 – So I have just finished Godsgrave. I can’t believe I actually had quite a bit of uninterrupted reading time today. I am so happy! As for the book, It had a strong ending that definitely makes me want to read Darkdawn, even if too much of this instalment left me a bit lukewarm. I better go and write something up with it still fresh in my mind. Well, maybe after cooking some dinner…

Quincy, Charlotte - Seducing Charlotte21.32 – I took a bit of a break from reading after finishing Godsgrave. I am still very impressed that I managed to read those 150 pages today. I kind of did not expect, but I am very pleased. I think I always seem to read more towards the end of the book. I think it is because you see you’re almost there and it’s like a race to the finish.

I have read a bit of Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy as well. It’s a pretty unremarkable regency romance that seems to jump from love scene to love scene. There is something interesting about both leading characters though, so it is kind of a good time. It is not generally my thing, but I had read a previous (non-sexy) book by this author before, which I really loved (Murder in Bloomsbury) and I thought I would try one of her smutty books, which she is better known for. It is a fun time, so I am not complaining. The cover of the books makes my eyes roll and my womb contract though – I hate it. Good thing I have an e-book!

23.40 – Nope, there was no more reading so far (watched some TV with the hubster instead) and I am off to bed now. I may read a bit more of Seducing Charlotte and I will probably start another read tomorrow. It will probably be either Eucalyptus by Murray Bail or The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.

TOTAL PAGES READ (so far):  165

HAVE A WONDERFUL READING WEEK, LOVELY BOOK FOLK!

 

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Reading Rush Diary: 23 July 2019

TBR:
1. Read a book with purple on the cover: Sweetpea (C J Skuse) – completed
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time: Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone)
3. Read a book you meant to read last year: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young)
4. Read an author’s first book: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope)
5. Read  a book with a non-human main character: A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter)
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title: Daisy Jones and The Six (Tara Jenkins Reid)
7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan)

09.16 – I have just read half of Wendy Cope’s Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis. It is a modern poetry collection. They are pretty easy to read and some are quite fun, though as with pretty much all poetry collections, some make no sense to me. I guess it does not really matter.

Skuse, C J - SweetpeaYesterday I finished the last 30% of Sweetpea, so I am counting that for the purple on the cover challenge. It is cheating a bit, but does that really matter? Not to me!

I don’t think I will get all these books read by the way, but I will give it a good go. Today I am planning to finish The Secret Life of Cows, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and maybe Einstein, which is a graphic novel.

However, my parents are about to turn up, so who knows how much I will actually get read. Might be hardly anything at all.

17.22 – Ok, so my parents came and the day sort of ran away with me. When my folks left I took my daughter to the local swimming pool and met a friend there, so spent my time chatting rather than reading. Almost time to cook, but I will try and finish my poetry book before I have to!

17.52 – I finished Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and I have to say, it was a fun collection. I really enjoyed the poems! Right, off to feed the ponies, making sure they are ok in this hot weather and will try and finish The Secret Life of Cows after that.

22.05 – I finished The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young as well, so I am feeling pretty accomplished, trying to ignore the fact that I have two bigger books to read as well as a graphic novel and a short novel. I think I can fulfill all the challenges if not with seven different books.

Technically the books I have finished work for the following challenges:
Sweetpea: Purple on the cover/book I meant to read last year
Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis: debut book/book with 5 words in the title/in one place (my sofa!)
The Secret Life of Cows: book I meant to read last year/5 words in the title

So, in theory I have completed 5 of the 7 challenges. If I read Brian Carter’s A Black Fox Running and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist I will have ‘won’ The Reading Rush.

So I have started A Black Fox Running. I am only 6 pages in! It is a hardback, so I won’t be taking it to bed, which means I will also be starting Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist later tonight.

I am watching episode six of Stranger Things and then I will be off to bed.

Nighty Night!

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Reading Diary: Birthday (Meredith Russo)

FRIDAY, 28 June 2019

15.20 – I had not planned on reading this book this month, but I finished my last book earlier today and there are a few days left until the end of the month. Since June IS Pride Month and I really have not read anything  diverse this month at all, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to do so now. I have decided to read Birthday by Meredith Russo, as I recently received my copy in the mail and I simply want to read it now! And why not document my journey with it? I have the Usborne UK edition of this book and can I just say how much I love the cover. Simple and effective with the rainbow candle and the coloured edges. Just lovely!

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16.25 – Page 40  I liked this quite a bit. It is interesting to delve into the heads of two friends, who are not necessarily communicating about how they are feeling. Of course, they are still only 13…

17.11 – page 90  I love this book – I can’t put it down! I love both Eric’s and Morgan’s perspectives and I think the author did well to bring them both to life. The idea of only showing their lives and relationship on one day out of each year (ie their birthday) is a effing brilliant one.

I have to take a break in a minute and cook my daughter some dinner I think I may take it easy on myself and cook us some omelets! 🙂

18.33 – page 119 Just finished the fourteenth birthday part. I am so sucked in, but… There are a couple of things that bug me. One, they do not act like  just-turned-14-year-olds, rather like just-turned-16-year-olds in my humble opinion. That bothers me somewhat. Two, there was a small continuity error involving Eric’s glasses wearing. If he can’t see a girl’s face when she is trying on his glasses very close to him, how does he manage to see Morgan walking past? But… the feels… the emotional struggles of both of them as they try and understand each other and themselves… I am still loving this novel!

20.58 – page 130 I am speeding through this by my standards. I kind of know what will happen , but it is interesting to see their respective journeys to get there. These kind of stories are so important for teens out there who are trying to figure themselves out. Even twenty years ago, these kind of novels were rare and it can really help for someone to recognise themselves in literature, to know they are not alone in feeling this way.

When I was a teen, I was in no way transgender and I don’t think I was really genderqueer, but I was definitely more into men’s fashion, wearing football (soccer) shirts and the like. I loved football (soccer) and I was very much into music. I did not really identify with a lot of my gender peers or female celebrities and I guess I was very much a tomboy. For a long time I was not interested in kissing anyone, boy or girl. All this talk about this boy and that boy just seemed alien to me.  It just was not really on my mind, like it seemed to be on everyone else’s and I remember wondering whether that was weird. To be honest, all this kissing business seemed pretty disgusting to me until I was about 17 or 18. In my case, it was just a case of maturing a bit later than everyone else. However, if those feelings had remained, I think I would have felt pretty abnormal in the 1990s, whereas these days it is a little bit easier to find kindred spirits. The world is much more open with regard to gender and sexuality. It is by no stretch perfect and much still has to change, but compare it to twenty years ago and we are making big strides forward. At least we do where we live. The same can’t be said for other geographical locations unfortunately.

Anyway, stream of consciousness over. I will watch some TV before going back to the book. If I can get halfway (page 150 or so), I would be very happy!

22.58page 144 I am off to bed after watching the France v USA match in the Women’s World Cup. I should easily get to the halfway point. I am pretty impressed with myself! I usually read around 100 pages a day if I am lucky. Today I have read at least 300! I can’t remember the last time I did. I guess finishing reading my first Sarah Dessen book and starting another contemporary YA book helps. I find of all genres YA contemporary does tend to read away pretty easily. I did read 10% of Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills as well.

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08.01 – page 171 So, yesterday was my best reading day of the year so far! I read 337 pages in total, which is a stupendous amount for me. About triple of a normal good reading day. I stopped reading before the boys’ sixteenth birthday, because a girl needs her sleep as well!

Anyway, that is where I am starting off today, after grocery shopping etc. Happy Saturday!

11.41 – page 225 About to start their 17th birthday. I am curious what happened in the intervening year. One thing, there is quite a bit of American Football in this book! I know nothing about that sport – apart like that it’s a bit like rugby, but dressed up. Morgan and Eric’s story arcs are really excellent and I can’t wait to read on. I am pretty confident I will manage to finish this today. Especially as it’s a hot day out there and there is not much else to do but read.

14.18 page 300 Well, I have come to the end of the six-year-journey that spans this book. I really enjoyed this read. However, whereas in the first four years I felt the one day a year worked really well, I am not sure it was quite enough in the final two years. The story did fizzle out a little, but I can still wholeheartedly say I loved it. The concept is really good and this book makes me smile a ton now I have come to the end if it and I cannot imagine how important this novel is going to be to some youngster out there.

Let me go and write my review now. Thanks for the journey!

 

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24-Hour Reading Diary I

Friday, 7 June 2019

20.01 – This reading diary will follow my reading experience from now until tomorrow night at 20.00.

It’s not the best timing to document my reading as my husband is off to a conference all day tomorrow and I doubt I will have much time, but I hope it will encourage me to read as much as I can anyway.

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I am currently reading two books, one fiction, one non-fiction. The fiction book is Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. It is my first Sanderson novel and I am about 100 pages in at the moment. I am enjoying it so far, but I am not loving it yet.

My non-fiction book is Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel. I have been meaning to read this for ages! I am about to start the April chapter. I love the ease with which the author takes us through the seasons of his hill farm. I am really liking it so far.

23.41 – I should have been in bed 45 minutes ago, but I stayed up for a bit reading. I knew that if I lay down with Elantris in my bed, I would be asleep in no time. Not that Elantris is boring. It really isn’t, but neither am I speeding through it. For some reason it seems to take quite a bit of reading! I started off on page 75 today and I am currently on page 145, which is is only 70 pages read today. It feels like a lot more. I don’t mean that in a negative way, but I swear it feels like I read a lot more!

I did also read about 30 pages of Meadowland earlier, so I have already read my 100 pages today, which is always my goal, but lately I have been finding that harder than usual. Reading Elantris might take a good chunk of the month, but I am very glad I have finally picked up a Brandon Sanderson book. I have only read the books in The Wheel of Time series that he finished for Robert Jordan. Strangely enough, his writing does remind me of an updated version of Robert Jordan. It is not quite as descriptive, but there is something that definitely reminds me of that. Maybe it’s character interactions or the world building…. Hopefully I will be able to put my finger on it as I read on.

I am off to bed now. Fingers crossed I will at least get SOME reading done tomorrow.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

08.22 – I will try and get some reading done this morning. It is pretty stormy out there and I have decided to keep my ponies in for now. They don’t like it, but Freda is very pregnant and rather slow now and there are a lot of trees around their paddock.

I stopped at page 156 of Elantris yesterday. I think I did well and I have a feeling the story will start picking up now the scene is set. Let’s see…. I will keep you posted.

09.50 – Well, I have read a bit. The weather is still pretty wild out there. I swear that since living in the countryside I have come to loathe any type of ‘weather’.

Anyway,  I have read another couple of chapters of Elantris and am just about to start chapter 14 on page 182. I am definitely enjoying it. It’s the kind of fantasy writing I like, so knowing I have the Mistborn trilogy waiting on my shelves is kind of nice. I am glad that I started off with this one though, not having to commit to a whole trilogy.

Thumbs up for my ad hoc reading choice!

IMG_20190608_14544515.20 – Of course I did not get as much time to read as I wanted to, as completely expected! I had new guests arriving in my Airbnb cottage, so had to clean it inbetween. My husband is away at a conference and my seven-year-old broke her arm on Monday and still need a bit of help, so my mum came to help out.

I did manage to read the April-chapter of Meadowland. Ideally I would read the May chapter as well in a bit.

I have just under five hours of reading time left, so let’s give it my best shot! See you in a bit 🙂

20.27 – A few minutes over 24 hours, but it will do. So, let’s re-cap:
Meadowland: I only read the April chapter (page 85-104) = 19 pages
Elantris: page 100-225 = 125 pages
Nothing to be ashamed of, but I had hoped to read a bit more. I will have to plan my next 24-hour reading diary a bit better!

Total pages: 144

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Re-reading Childhood Favourites: The Black Stallion (Walter Farley)

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Title: The Black Stallion
Author: Walter Farley
First published: 1941

Alec Ramsay is the sole human survivor of a devastating shipwreck. Trapped on a deserted island, Alec finds his only companion is a horse, beautiful, unbroken, and savage . . . a horse whose beauty matches his wild spirit.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

I have been meaning to re-read Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion for a while. I would like to read the whole series in the months to come, but I am about to start the first book. I have several copies that I have collected over the years, as it is my favourite book from childhood. I shall try and gather my copies together and take a pic.

I have such fond memories of both the book and the Francis Ford Coppola movie. I lived for them as a child. They made me fall in love with horses. I loved these books because they were not about some girls at a riding school with their pretty ponies. No, this boy and his big black stallion actually had proper adventures! This was about the fastest horse in the world! When I learned to ride I always dreamed of a horse like The Black. I never got him, but I am now the loving owner of a Irish cob mare and a shetland pony, so my dreams of owning a horse have come true in the end.

It has been a good decade or two since I last read these books, so it is about time. I am not too apprehensive.

So, what do I expect?

I am pretty sure I will still love it, but I am also sure there will be some flaws. This books was first published in 1941, so there will probably be some outdated horsemanship and some casual racism, but I am hoping it will still hold up. I am not going to be too critical. I simply want to enjoy the ride.

Friday, 31 May

10.53 – I have read the first 25 pages. Being middle grade the story moves quite fast. Alec has shipwrecked and the wild Arabian stallion has pulled him to the shore of an uninhabited island, where they are surviving. So far, so good. I still love it. The writing is simple, but not childish, and the imagery is beautiful. If I read this for the first time now, I would still fall in love with this horse

22.56 – I had planned to get this wonderful childhood book read today, but I have hardly had any chance to read and I have only managed to get to page 46 at the moment.   Alec and The Black have been rescued and are on their way home to New York. This is such a nostalgia trip for me! I really ought to go to bed soon, so there is no way I will finish it tonight. I will try and get halfway (to around 80 pages) and read the other half tomorrow. 

Saturday, 1 June

TBS page15.08 – There is definitely still magic in these pages. The story still grabs me and is full of nostalgia for me. This book was the epitome of the horsegirl inside me. I was never the ponyclub girl, I was that girl racing my pony against any who dared and I always won because I had no fear. There was nothing I enjoyed more than galloping my pony as fast as it could go. I wanted to be a jockey, but I soon realised I would be too tall.

How times have changed. I now have my own ponies, but I am no longer that reckless rider I once was. Having a child changes so much. However, reading this book reminds of being that wild girl so much! Part of me misses that complete lack of fear.

So yes, this is a complete nostalgia trip and I enjoying every page.

I thought I would find all my copies of this book and discovered  I have five, two in Dutch and three in English.

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18.40 – Only 20 pages left in the book. Just the big race to go. It’s a fact now, this little middle grade horsey book makes me happy!

I am not going to give it a rating, as I feel way too nostalgic about it. It is a really good read though for any youngster out there who are into horses, but not necessarily into the ponyclub type books. It’s not at all girly and I love that about this novel.

23.33 – I finally finished this wonderful story and I loved it so so much. I will be continuing the series in the near future.

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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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Reading Diary: Saturday, 16 February 2019

11.26 – Well, I did the things I NEEDED to do this morning. I did the grocery shopping, bought a present for my daughter’s friend, who is having a birthday party, and I even found time to pop into the charity shop. After a few fruitless trips lately, today I found a few books I actually wanted. The first books I bought this Feb! I am so impressed with myself!

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I bought four books. The first one I picked up was Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier. I have three Daphne du Maurier books now, including a short story collection, so it is about time I read one of her books. Don’t you think?

I bought a couple of mass market paperback Dick Francis books. I used to really enjoy his books as quick fun reads and since these were only €0.25 per book I decided to get them.

Finally, I saw The Secret History by Donna Tartt sitting on the shelf. I have heard so many good things about that book. That one was €1.

So I spent €2 on four books. Not too bad.

1902 Bardugo Siege and StormI have just read a couple of chapters of Siege and Storm, which I am STILL reading. My reading has been pretty slow lately – I have had too much going on in my life! It took me a while to get into the Grishaverse again. I am on page 244 now, just about to start chapter 16 and I do like it. I just find it hard to concentrate on it for some reason.

I have not read Centaur for a few days, but I am sure I will continue soon. I have read just over a third of that one.

MacKinnon, Skye - Winter PrincessBecause I found it hard to concentrate on Siege and Storm I started a light read on my Kindle, which is Winter Princess by Skye MacKinnon. This is a so-called ‘reverse harem’ book, which basically means it is about a girl with a number of love interests. How racey! It is a bit smutty, but I don’t mind that. The writing is not that great, but it is a fun time and light enough that it reads away pretty easily. It does not take itself too seriously either, I don’t think. I hardly ever read books like this, so it makes a fun change for sure. When you are on the slumpy side, this kind of book does help. I am just over halfway.

I have been writing a bit lately, which also eats into my reading time. I go through phases with my writing. I love it when I go through a creative spell, but now, with lots going in life, it’s not the best time!

(My mum just rang. They are coming around this afternoon to do some chores. There goes my reading time 😉 )

Fingers crossed I will finish at least one book this weekend!

The weather is absolutely beautiful  –  I do love beautiful sunny winter days. It is not cold either. I think it’s going to go up to 12 or 13 degrees today, which is pretty warm for the time of year. I am not complaining!

19.25 – Well, it’s been a minute! Despite slaving away outside for most of the afternoon, I did get a decent amount of reading done since I got in. I finally really got into Siege and Storm and I only have about 60 pages to go now. I may finish today – you never know! I certainly did not expect to, but it is in the realm of possibility.

It’s all go on the equine front here. I have a couple of people interested in buying my colt foal Moon. I know he needs to go, but it makes me feel sad as well. We are looking at a shetland pony tomorrow to keep my pregnant Irish Cob mare company and to be my daughter’s best friend.

23.30 – I am about to go to bed. After my optimism earlier, I did not get any more reading done. Hopefully I will be able to finish Siege and Storm tomorrow.

I am off to bed now. Goodnight! xx