The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. My weekend has been very busy work wise but I’m hoping to get a bit of reading in tonight, if I don’t fall straight asleep.

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This and That Thursday

Hello!

I hope everyone is well and looking forward to Easter with all the yummy goodies that come with Easter. I am particularly enjoying the Marmite and Cheese Hot Cross Buns by Marks and Spencers, my husband is horrified.

Anyway, here is what I have been up to recently.

Adventures

I met up with my best friend last week which was wonderful. This meet up meant lots of yummy pizza and cake and spending far too much money in Waterstones. The weather was terrible but that just meant more time sheltering in the book shop.

Walking

For Lent my husband and myself have been trying to do more walking. Our day off from walking is Sunday but otherwise we put our walking boots on and off we go. Most of the walks have been local which has been lovely because we get to say hello to the local horses and lambs. We have also gone to different locations for a change as well and one of these was a Gruffalo walk which was very exciting.

Yummy Lunch and Pipe Organ Builders

My husband and myself are both church organists and this week we had an opportunity to go around an organ builders which I must admit was a bit worried about but it was very interesting. Before we went though we fortified ourselves by going to lunch at a local french restaurant and i had two of my all time favourite dishes, French onion soup followed by Mussels and fries.

I have more adventures planned for next week as I have the week off from teaching so I plan on making the most of the free time.

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far.

I haven’t had such a good week on the blogging front this week, I just haven’t had the energy or focus for some reason.

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Have really been getting into this over the last few days and have hardly put it down. I had forgotten just how good this series is.

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New Year’s Book Tag: 2022

New Year’s Book Tag

Hello everyone! 

I have seen this tag in the book blog world quite a bit recently and decided I would give it a go, as it looked fun. 

  1. How many books are you planning to read in 2022?

My Goodreads goal is 60 books which is slightly lower than usual. Usually I aim for 70 books but this year I have some pretty hefty books planned on my TBR, so I thought with the higher page count I would most likely read less books. 

2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to in 2021 but want to make a priority in 2022.

Oh dear, there are so many books to choose from! My selected 5 are:

  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
  • The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3. What genre do you want to read more of?

I really want to get back into my classics this year, so I plan to read more books published in the 1700’s and 1800’s. 

4. Name 3 non book related goals for 2022. 

  • To pass at least one exam on the ukulele
  • To get the planned home improvements started and finished. 
  • To do more performance work. 

5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

This is a tricky question because I have so many. I very rarely get rid of books and I would never get rid of a book that I have never read. The book I will choose though is The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas.

6. One word that your hoping 2022 will be: adventurous. 

7. Tag a friend!

If you like the look of this Book Tag consider yourself tagged!

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

This week has been a better week on the blogging front which is probably because I am back into a proper routine with work again.

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Just 50 pages left! I was going to have break before I moved to the second book but I don’t think I can wait.

I hope everyone has had a good week and I hope you all have a good week to come.

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone is well. I have an outdoor Carol service later where I will be playing keyboard and I must admit I am not looking forward to how cold it will be. I am one of these people who is always cold.

Anyway, here is my update for all things blog related for this week.

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I will be honest I am not getting on very well with this book but I will persevere and probably read another Christmas book alongside it.

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good week. I am still catching up on my book reviews but hopefully I will get up to date before Christmas.

Here is how the blog has been going this week.

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I’m throughly enjoying my Christmas books and Wheel of Time combination.

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The Tenth Man by Graham Greene (Review)

The Tenth Man by Graham Greene

Blurb

In a prison in Occupied France one in every ten men is to be shot. The prisoners draw lots among themselves—and for rich lawyer Louis Chavel it seems that his whole life has been leading up to an agonising and crucial failure of nerve. Graham Greene wrote The Tenth Man in 1944, when he was under a two-year contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the manuscript lay forgotten in MGM’s archives until 1983. It was published two years later. 

Review 

This book originated from a lost manuscript of Greene’s that turned up in an MGM sale. The person who purchased the manuscript returned it to Greene and he turned it into a novel which was published in 1985. 

This is a short book but one that really packs a punch. The book begins with a prison in occupied France and the news that every tenth man is to be shot. The prisoners are left to decide amongst themselves who will be shot, so they decide to draw lots. The rich lawyer Louis Chavel’s nerve leaves him and he gives up everything to the man who will take his place. 

Janvier is the man who takes Chavel’s place so he leaves all his new wealth to his sister and mother. When Chavel finally leaves the prison he has nothing to his name but he is still drawn to life he once had and so makes his way to his old home where he finds Janvier’s sister and mother. 

The book looks at the final years of the Second World War and how even the best of men can change in dire times. It is a story of cowardice, guilt, courage, romance and much more. Those who lie are trusted and those who tell the truth are not believed, everything is turned on its head in this book. 

I must admit the ending of the book was not what I expected and came as a big shock but it did show that miracles do happen. I will be honest as much as I love Greene’s books this book did not really enthral me that much as I just did not like the character of Chavel very much so I only give this book 3 out of 5 Dragons. 

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About the author

Henry Graham Greene (1904-1991) was an English writer and journalist regarded as one of the leading English novelists of the20th century.

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The Weekly Brief

Happy Sunday!

I have a busy day today playing for services. I usually do two services in the morning and by lunch time I am home but today I have the two in the morning and one in the afternoon. However, I am planning a nice evening reading whilst the husband watches the Grand Prix.

Anyway, here is what I have been up to on the blog this week.

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Currently Reading

I have way too many books on the go. I usually much prefer to read one book at a time but I just can’t focus on the one at the moment.

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a nice weekend so far. I’ve had quite a busy weekend but part of it was spending time with my big sister and it was lovely to have a good catch up.

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