The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a nice weekend so far. I have had a better week blogging this week but not so good reading wise.

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

Enjoying this so far but I am finding the dialogue a bit trying at times.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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The Classics Club: Spin #31

Hello!

It is time for another spin event from The Classics Club. I really enjoyed the last one I did, because it chose me an absolutely brilliant book that I think I would have left to the end of the challenge. So here are my 20 books, whichever number gets picked on the 18th September I will read and review the book before the set date of 30th October.

  1. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  2. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Cecilia by Frances Burney
  6. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  7. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  8. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome. K. Jerome
  9. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  10. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
  11. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  12. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  13. Evelina by Frances Burney
  14. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  15. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  16. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  17. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  18. The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart
  19. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  20. Candide by Voltaire

I’m really looking forward to what the random selection will be and I hope I will be able to read the book within the time frame. 

Wish me luck!

Please drop me a comment if you are taking part in the Spin event or if you have read any of the books on my list.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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Friday Poetry: Gerard Manley Hopkins

Happy Friday!

My chosen poem today is by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Gerard Manley Hopkins was born on the 28th July 1844, he was an English poet and Jesuit priest. His two main themes in his poetry are nature and religion. He died in 1889 of what is believed to be typhoid fever. His work was largely ignored during his life but was published posthumously.

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things - 
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced - fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. 

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Happy Reading

Etsy

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This and That Thursday

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I hope everyone is well and having a good week so far. We are still trying to go on plenty of adventures whilst the weather is still decent. Here are our most recent adventures.

Ludlow Castle and Ludlow

We love visiting Ludlow but haven’t been for quite a long time due to covid so it was really nice to go back. We spent most of the day going around the castle but we also found an amazing little music shop where I bought a lot of music books. I did go around a bookshop but i just didn’t find a book that really interested me.

Chirk Castle

We have both been to Chirk Castle before but neither of us could remember much of it so we decided to go for another visit and I am so glad we did because it is such a wonderful place and has the biggest Grandfather clock we have ever seen.

Warner Brother Harry Potter Studio Tour

It was my husbands birthday yesterday and he asked to go to the Harry Potter Studio tour for his birthday, so yesterday we spent a wonderful day going around the tour. It was really good to see the new exhibits in the back lot and have a go at pulling out a Mandrake.

Hughenden Manor

We spent the night away last night so on the way home today we visited a new National Trust property for us, Hughenden Manor. Hughenden Manor was the home of Benjamin Disraeli and it had the most amazing library, although smaller than some of the libraries I have seen in National Trust properties I just loved it, it was so cozy and well organised. I could happily have spent all day in that room.

Hopefully the adventures continue.

Happy Reading

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Mid Week Quote: Albus Dumbledore

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Today I am going around the Harry Potter Studio Tour for my husbands birthday so I have decided to go for a quote from Albus Dumbledore.

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” 

Albus Dumbledore

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WWW Wednesday: 14/09/2022

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

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

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

Hello

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Reading is still going well so far this month so I am hoping to make a serious dent in my TBR pile and Goodreads Challenge.

What I am Currently Reading

I started this yesterday and so far I am really enjoying it.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I can’t quite believe I managed to finish three books in a week but reading shorter books is really helping my pace.

What I Think I will Read Next

Hopefully I will start reading one of these this week.

Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (Review)

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Blurb

It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

Review

Murderbot needs answers, it knows it has a dark past and wants to know why the horrors happened. More importantly Murderbot wants to know whether the deaths were its fault or because of another reason. To find the answers, Murderbot needs to get to the place where the massacre happened and this is why Murderbot is on a ship travelling through space. 

The spaceship transport that Murderbot is on, is an artificial intelligence that Murderbot nicknames ART, which is short for something far ruder. Murderbot does not trust ART straightaway and they definitely have a few issues when they first really meet but gradually you can see how their friendship develops and they start to trust each other. This leads to ART helping Murderbot to act and behave more human and less like a sec unit. 

Once they get to their destination ART suggests that Murderbot takes a job as a security consultant for a group of humans. This way Murderbot has the perfect excuse to investigate from his past which has been hidden from the public. But as we discovered in All Systems Red, when humans need help Murderbot can’t help but help. 

I really enjoyed following Murderbot’s investigation and found it rather sad at times. Murderbot clearly has feelings even though it tries to hide the fact and it is because of these feelings it wants to find out about its past. I also loved the interaction between Murderbot and ART. They don’t realise it and would both deny it if somebody pointed it out but they learn from each other and have a really good friendship. 

For such a short read this book really packs a punch and I read it in one sitting. I am absolutely loving this series so far and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I give this book 5 out of 5 Dragons. 

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About the author

Martha Wells has been an SF/F writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993, and her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, The Death of the Necromancer, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries series, media tie-ins for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, YA novels, and non-fiction. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hugo Awards, two Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the BSFA Award ballot, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eighteen languages.

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Goodreads Monday: 12/09/2022

Goodreads Monday is now hosted by Budget Tales Book Club.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good Monday so far.

My chosen book this week is by another new author for me, Sir Walter Scott.

Scott’s magnificent historical romance Rob Roy is set against the background of the 1715 Jacobite Rising

In the foreground of the novel we meet young Francis Osbaldistone, who, following a quarrel with his father, has been banished to join his feckless cousins on the Northumbrian estate of Sir Hildebrand Osbaldistone. When Frank discovers that his treacherous cousin Rashleigh, a Jacobite intruder, has designs on beautiful Diana Vernon, and is scheming to bring about the financial ruin of the family, Francis travels to Scotland to enlist the help of the outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor.

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Please drop me a comment if you have taken part in Goodreads Monday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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Friday Poetry: Ade Hall

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

My chosen poem this week is by a new poet for me and I chose it because it made me laugh.

Astrophysics Lesson

I took an orange and a plum
To demonstrate the Earth and Sun;
held in place by gravity -
Our little planet, you and me. 

I grabbed some grapes for all the stars
And cast them out so wide and far;
Distant suns and foreign moons
In all four corners of the room.

The wonders of the galaxy
Spread out before class 2BT.
'Where did they come from?' someone cried;
'From the fruit bowl' I replied. 

Ade Hall

Happy Reading

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Mid Week Quote: Mark Twain

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Happy Wednesday!

My chosen quote for this week is by the American author, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) who was known by his pen name Mark Twain.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” 

Mark Twain

Happy Reading

Etsy

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