WWW Wednesday: 20/07/2022

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 haven’t taken part in WWW Wednesday for a while because I was stuck trying to finish Dombey and Son. However, whilst away on holiday last week I managed to finish 3 books and this week I have been stuck at home with Covid so I have been doing a lot of reading.

What I am Currently Reading

This is my first Agatha Christie of the year but I thought it was time to get back into my Agatha Christie challenge.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I don’t think I have ever read so many books within a week but they are all rather small books so didn’t take long to read. Just got to write up all the reviews now.

What I Think I will Read Next

I’m really not sure what I will read next. I seem to be in the mood for smaller books at the moment so maybe nothing too big.

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

Happy Reading

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Goodreads Monday: 18/07/2022

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!

Happy Monday! It is heatwave here so I will be spending the day trying to keep cool and reading a good book.

My chosen book today is another new author for me and one on my Classics Club list.

This 1872 novel by a mid-Victorian poet and novelist is about a girl named Clarice, living with her widowed father and her governess ‘in a charming home at a convenient (railway) distance from the city.’ One day she finds a girl of her own age hiding in the shrubbery. She is Olga and ‘there is no question that she is the liveliest child character in English fiction’ said the Observer in 1936.

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Happy Reading

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

This week has been another quiet week on the blog but I have been away on holiday so I have spent a lot of time relaxing. This has meant that I have read quite a few books so I do have a lot of reviews to write over the next few weeks.

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

I started this series whilst in France and now I am addicted. I have almost finished this book and will be downloading the next one on to the Kindle as soon as I have finished.

Happy Reading

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Goodreads Monday: 11/07/2022

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 is having a good Monday so far. My chosen book today is by the author Jules Verne. I have only ever read one book by Jules Verne so I included some more of his books on my Classics Club challenge as I wanted to read more of his books.

One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand—whether train or elephant—overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.

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Happy Reading

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. My blogging has not gone well this week but my reading has, so at least that will feed into the blog eventually.

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

Just a quick read for me as I needed something small to recover from finishing Dombey and Son.

Happy Reading

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Lilibet: The Girl Who Would Be Queen by A. N. Wilson (Review)

Lilibet: The Girl Who Would be Queen by A. N. Wilson

Blurb

Looking back through her long life on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II reflects on the pivotal moments that made her the monarch – and the woman – that she is today, in Wilson’s lovingly crafted work.

Review

I bought this book to read over the Queen’s Jubilee but I am rather behind on my book reviews so that is why I am reviewing it now. 

This short little book focuses on the moments in the Queen’s life that helped her to be the monarch she is. I found this book really cleverly written because it reads as the Queen dreaming in her bed surrounded by her beloved dogs. Her dreams are memories from her life. Right from when she was a child on holiday with Grandpa England to present day. It includes her love of horses and dogs and her family and not just moments from her reign. 

I really enjoyed this book as it is full of love and reflection. It is at times funny, tender and sometimes even tragic. It is beautifully written and written in such a way that it is suitable for children and adults to read. It also contains some wonderful illustrations. There is a lot packed in to such a small book and one that I give 4 out of 5 Dragons. 

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About the author

Andrew Norman Wilson is an English writer and newspaper columnist, known for his critical biographies, novels, works of popular history and religious views. He is an occasional columnist for the Daily Mail and former columnist for the London Evening Standard, and has been an occasional contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Spectator and The Observer.

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone is has had a good weekend. I have actually managed to make a little headway with Dombey and Son which I am very pleased about.

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

I have got other books I have been reading but I have put those to one side for now to try and finish Dombey and Son.

Happy Reading

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Holiday Reads

Hello!

This month I am hoping to go away on holiday for 4 nights. So it was time to dust off and charge up the Kindle. The poor Kindle has not been used for quite a while, as I much prefer physical books, but I always use it for holidays as physical books weigh too much and take up too much room. This has also meant that I needed to get some new books on the Kindle so I thought I would share my holiday reading list.

  • The Wildeacre trilogy by Philippa Gregory – I do like Gregory and this is one series of books that I haven’t read by her. I probably won’t read all three whilst on holiday but I bought them as a bundle.
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells – I have read so many good reviews of this series that I can’t resist reading it for myself any longer. If I like the first book I can easily buy the next one whilst on holiday. My husband also has it lined up as a holiday read as well.
  • The Day of the Storm by Rosamunde Pilcher – Pilcher is one of my favourite authors so I thought I could read some of her books whilst on holiday.
  • The Empty House by Rosamunde Pilcher
  • The Woolworths Girls by Elaine Everest – I read the Christmas book from this series last Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it so I have decided to read the rest of the series.
  • Cliff’s Descent by Dianne Duvall – I have read all of the books in this series so far and loved them so I am really looking forward to this.

So there are my holiday reads so far. I probably won’t read them all and I also have many other books on my Kindle so I could easily change my mind but I hope to read at least some of these books.

Please feel free to recommend any books that you think I might enjoy reading on my holiday.

Happy Reading

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June 2022 Wrap Up

Hello!

June has not gone well reading wise. I am bogged down with Dombey and Son but I am making slow progress with it and really enjoying it still which is the main thing.

Statistics

Books

Pages: 64

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲

Review

Pages: 112

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Pages: 536

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review

Pages: 310

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review to follow

Goodreads Challenge: 26/60

Happy Reading

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WWW Wednesday: 29/06/2022

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. My reading is not going well at the moment, for some reason I have the attention span of a gnat. I think it is because I am ploughing towards the end of term and exhaustion is most likely setting in.

Anyway, back to the books…

What I am Currently Reading

I was hoping to have finished Dombey and Son by the end of this month but that is not going to happen, so now I am hoping I will finish it before I go on holiday. I am loving the Alison Weir and Richard Buxton books, I struggle to work out which one to read all the time.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

Yay! I have finally finished a book. I really enjoyed this and found it some light relief from my other books which are fairly heftier. Review will follow shortly.

What I Think I will Read Next

As usual I am never really sure what I will read next but it maybe one of these.

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

Happy Reading

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