Goodreads Monday: 10/05/2021

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  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 got a good week planned ahead.

The book I have chosen to feature this week is one that has only just recently arrived but one that I have been looking forward to reading since I preordered it.

My chosen book is…

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian–while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

I love Andy Weir and one of my favourite books is The Martian. This sounds like a fantastic plot and I can’t wait to read it. However, I have promised my husband he can read it first so I will have to wait.

Please drop me a link with your Goodreads Monday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading.

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. I have been thoroughly enjoying the books I have been reading this week.

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

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

Books Acquired this Week

I can’t wait to start reading these books soon although I will have to wait to read Project Hail Mary because I have promised my husband that he can read it first.

Happy Reading

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Friday Poetry: A. A. Milne

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has some exciting weekend plans. I chose this poem for today because it made me smile and hope it makes you smile.

Buckingham Palace

They're changing the guard at Buckingham Palace-
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
Alice is marrying one of the guard.
'A soldier's life is terrible hard,'
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace-
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
We saw a guard in a sentry-box.
'One of the sergeants looks after their socks,'
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace-
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
We looked for the King, but he never came.
'Well, God take care of him, all the same,'
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace-
Christopher Robin went down with Alice,
They've great big parties inside the grounds.
'I wouldn't be King for a hundred pounds,'
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace-
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
A face looked out, but it wasn't the King's.
'He's much too busy a -signing things,'
Says Alice.

They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace-
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
'Do you think the King knows all about me?'
'Sure to, dear, but it's time for tea,'
Says Alice.

A. A. Milne
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Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (Review)

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Blurb

As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur – Minos’s greatest shame and Ariadne’s brother – demands blood every year.

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods – drawing their attention can cost you everything.

In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne’s decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover’s ambition?

Ariadne gives a voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods. Beautifully written and completely immersive, this is an exceptional debut novel

Review

I do love a Greek myth retelling especially if it is fairly faithful to the actual myth. This Greek myth was a refreshing read because it was told from the viewpoint of the women instead of the usual male heroes. 

The main voice we hear in this story is Ariadne. Ariadne is the granddaughter of Helios but the only sign of this is her beautiful blonde hair. Ariadne’s life in Crete is not easy once her brother the Minotaur is born, her life is haunted by the sound of the Minotaur living beneath her feet. However, a way out of this existence presents itself and Ariadne grabs it with both hands. 

The other voice that we hear from is Phaedra who is Ariadne’s younger sister. Phaedra is the complete opposite to her sister, she is full of spirit and is not afraid of anything and has the ability to rule. 

This retelling really highlights what is always there in the original myths but always remains in the background. Men strut around being heroes, fighting the monsters and vanquishing enemies, they draw the attention to the gods and when they upset the gods the gods make them pay by making their wives and female relatives pay. I think that is the main vein of the story that runs through this book, women are always the ones who pay the price and poor Ariadne really does pay. 

I loved this retelling and although there were a few historical inaccuracies which I only picked out because I’m a classics student, the story was beautifully written and one that I couldn’t put down. I really felt every hurt and wrong that poor Ariadne and Phaedra suffered but at the same time I loved their strength and belief in standing up for themselves. I also loved how the male characters within this story took a backseat, Theseus, Perseus and Dionysus have had far too much attention over the years. I give this book 5 out of 5 Dragons.

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About the author

Jennifer Saint grew up reading Greek mythology and was always drawn to the untold stories hidden within the myths. After thirteen years as a high school English teacher, she wrote ARIADNE which tells the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur from the perspective of Ariadne – the woman who made it happen. Jennifer Saint is now a full-time author, living in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two children.

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Mid Week Quote: Abraham Lincoln

Happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. My chosen quote this week is by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) who was the 16th President of the United States.

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

Happy Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

Hello!

I haven’t taken part in Top Ten Tuesday for quite a long time so I thought it was high time I joined in.

So here are my ten most recent reads. I will include a link to the reviews as well.

I loved the characters in this book but I will be honest I did get a little bored with the story. I will give Osman’s second book a read though when it comes out.

Review

I really enjoyed this but I did find it slightly sad as well.

Review

Maigret and the Saturday Caller.

I loved this book because it showed just how caring Maigret is.

Review

Maigret and the Calame Report

My first Maigret book and the one which got me hooked to the Maigret series.

Review

This is the second book in the Shardlake series and I could not put it down. I loved seeing how Shardlake gathered all the clues and worked out who the suspects were.

Review

My first Tommy and Tuppence book. I enjoyed this but it didn’t have Christie’s usual flare but I suspect that is because it was one of her early books.

Review

The third Expanse book and I must admit they just keep getting better and better.

Review

I will be honest I was rather unimpressed with this book considering all the good reviews I read about it.

Review

Absolutely adored this book. I read it in one sitting. I will definitely be reading more books by Garrett.

Review

This was a creepy read but I did enjoy it and it has some fantastic characters in it.

Review

So there are my ten most recent reads. Please drop me a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

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Reading My Height in Books #4

Hello!

Yes, it is that time again, it is time for the monthly update of Reading My Height in Books. I keep plodding along hoping I will manage the challenge but I will be honest, I’m already behind on my Goodreads challenge and know full well that time is my biggest problem.

I read 5 books in April and they were all physical books so that has helped the height. So here is the new pile.

The new height is 18.5 inches just 48.5 inches to go!

Here are the pictures from January, February and March.

Happy Reading!

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far.

Here is what I have been up to on the blog this week.

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

About 100 pages into both of these and really enjoying them so far.

Books Acquired this Week

Can’t wait to get reading all these exciting books.

Happy Reading.

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April 2021 Wrap Up

Hello

This month has been busy with assignments so my reading has been a bit slow but I still managed 5 books, even if some of those were a bit thin.

Statistics

Books

Pages: 608

Format Read: Paperback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review

Maigret and the Calame Report by Georges Simenon

Pages: 176

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review

Maigret and the Saturday Caller by Georges Simenon

Pages: 150

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review

Maigret and the Wine Merchant by Georges Simenon

Pages: 160

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲🐲

Review

Pages: 377

Format Read: Hardback

Dragon Rating: 🐲🐲🐲

Review

19/70 Goodreads Challenge

So there is April. I can’t believe how quickly this year is going so far.

Happy Reading.

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Mid Week Quote: Terry Pratchett

Hello!

This year marks the 50 year anniversary of the publication of The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett. Pratchett wrote the book when he was 17 years old, but he later re-wrote the book when he was a well established author.

Due to this and because Pratchett is one of my all time favourite authors I have gone for a quote by Pratchett.

“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.”

Terry Pratchett

Happy Reading

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