The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a nice weekend. I have sadly not managed much reading this weekend due to work and doing work prep but I have managed some reading in the week so it isn’t all bad.

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Currently Reading

Absolutely love this so far. The short stories are all fascinating so far.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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First Lines Friday: 23/09/2022

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has had a good week so far. I thought it was high time I took part in First Lines Friday again. As usual the answer is below the cat pictures.

I went to the dance with Thomas Toofat. It’s Toogood really, but he is too fat, with frizzy hair and flat feet. We never meant to let him know we call him that, but the week before, at the Turners’ picnic, Sally said without thinking, ‘And this is Thomas Toofat…’ Oh, it was utterly withering.

Get guessing

Midsummer Night in the Workhouse by Diana Athill

“I can remember in detail being hit by my first story one January morning in 1958.” So begins literary legend Diana Athill in the preface to Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, a long-overdue collection of her short fiction, originally published in the 1950s to the 1970s.

In unsentimental though often touching prose, Athill’s young women anticipate, enjoy, or just miss out on brief sexual encounters with men met on trains, at parties — just about anywhere they can. A cheating wife, back with her boring husband, is wracked with agonizing love for the unavailable partner of her brief fling; a writer seeks inspiration at a writers’ retreat whilst avoiding the group seducer’s invitation; a wife’s party flirtations propel her possessive husband into another woman’s bed; two fun-loving women face a sinister sexual assault during a Greek holiday; a teenager experiences enraptured detachment during her first kiss.

Beautifully written, perceptive, touching, and funny, Midsummer Night in the Workhouse is Diana Athill at her best.

Did anybody guess correctly?

Please drop me a comment with your First Line Friday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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WWW Wednesday: 21/09/2022

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. I was back at school today which has meant a very long day but I managed to get some reading done during my lunch break.

What I am Currently Reading

I am half way through this so far and really enjoying it. I do enjoy a Maigret book.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I started off really enjoying this but towards the end I did find it a bit wearing. The dialect at times could be a difficult and this just made the book feel harder work than it should have done.

What I Think I will Read Next

I’m hoping to read a few more of my short books before the end of September. I must admit setting myself the challenge of only reading books that are 300 pages or less has really made a difference to my TBR pile.

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

Happy Reading

Etsy

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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.

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Currently Reading

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

Happy Reading

Etsy

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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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WWW Wednesday: 7/09/2022

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. I have decided that for September I am going to read books that are 300 pages or less because I have so many on TBR pile at the moment.

What I am Currently Reading

I actually started these two books today. The reason I started Cliff’s Descent was because I went to get new tyres for my car and forgot to bring a book so I had to use the Kindle app on my phone. I have almost finished The Winter Ghosts because I have not been able to put it down today.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I had forgotten just how good Mary Higgins Clark is because I could not put Remember Me down, it was a fantastic read.

What I Think I will Read Next

These are just some of my short books on the TBR pile. Hopefully I will manage quite a few this month.

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

Happy Reading

Etsy

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good weekend so far.

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Currently Reading

Really enjoying this so far. I had forgotten how riveting Mary Higgins Clark writing is.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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WWW Wednesday: 31/08/2022

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 all my fellow Book Dragons are well and having a good week so far.

What I am Currently Reading

I started this today and I am flying through it. I have only read one Barbara Taylor Bradford before but really enjoyed it and I am enjoying this one so far.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I finished this today and could not put it down. I enjoyed this book a lot more than when I read it in 2014. I can’t wait to read the next one!

What I Think I will Read Next

I really want to read book four of The Wheel of Time series but I know that I if I go straight into it without a little break I might go into a reading slump as I am never good going straight through a series.

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

Happy Reading

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Etsy

The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good weekend so far. This week has been another good one on the blogging and reading front.

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Currently Reading

I’ve been really pushing forward with this book especially this weekend. I am really enjoying the book and I hope to finish it before the end of the month.

Happy Reading

Etsy

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WWW Wednesday: 24/08/2022

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. I have been busy teaching and reading but I have some adventures planned for tomorrow that I am looking forward to.

What I am Currently Reading

I am still really enjoying this book but I must admit I want more Perrin as his storyline is my favourite.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I took a little break from The Dragon Reborn this read because I needed a nice short read. When reading a large book I quite often like a little break with a short read.

What I Think I will Read Next

As usual I am never sure what I will read next but I might choose 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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