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?
I hope this post finds you all well. I will be honest this week hasn’t been great on the reading front due to studying but I have managed to read one small book which I am happy about.
What I am Currently Reading
About a quarter of the way though with this now and thoroughly enjoying it. Did take a little break because I got distracted with another book.
What I have Recently Finished Reading
Throughly enjoyed this, it was funny and informative and I could have easily read this in one sitting but managed to savour it over two days instead of binge reading it. Review will follow shortly.
What I Think I will Read Next
As usual I can never be sure what I will read next. It depends on what mood I am in but I am preferring larger books at the moment for some reason.
So there is my latest WWW Wednesday. Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit or if you have read any of the books I have mentioned please share your thoughts. I love a good chat about books.
My chosen quote today is by the Polish born physicist and chemist Marie Curie (1867-1934). Curie was the first female to win a Nobel Prize and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize twice and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields. She was also the first female Professor in the University of Paris.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Some of you might have read that I have been attempting to read all of the Agatha Christie novels in order of publication but I haven’t really made it into a challenge but I have decided that it needs to be a challenge because I like ticking things off lists. This challenge only includes Christie’s full length novels and not her books of short stories.
So here is the big list of books. The crossed off titles are the ones I have already read and reviewed, click them to be taken to the review.
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.
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I have started the week by writing the first 200 words of my dissertation and reading more articles. I’ve also enjoyed some fun reading as well.
So I have had a good look through my enormous TBR list on Goodreads and discovered a book I had completely forgotten about. Hopefully, now I have remembered it, I will get around to reading it soon.
It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky. Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed, fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner.
This book sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to read it. My husband has read it and he really enjoyed it so hopefully I will as well.
Please drop me a comment if you have read The Luminaries or have taken part in Goodreads Monday.
I have never taken part in this tag before so I thought it was high time I took part.
So here we go…
Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
I really couldn’t put this book down and absolutely loved every part of it and can’t wait to read the next one in the series. The characters and the setting are just fantastic.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
I have been loving all of the Six Tudor Queen series but this was fantastic and I could not put it down.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I got this on the day it came out and I have still not read it and I’m annoyed with myself for not reading it yet as I really want to. I should really make this my next read.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Hard to choose just one but here it is.
This is a new author for me but I really like the sound of this book so I have it preordered.
I was so excited to read this after reading such good reviews about it but I found it very disappointing. It just didn’t speak to me and I found it rather flat. Considering the book was called Hamnet it was more about William Shakespeare’s marriage than anything.
I saw a review of this and decided to give it a go and I was not disappointed and loved it. I read it in one sitting and it was a huge surprise because I did not expect the storyline or such a psychotic computer with an obsession with recommending playlists.
Favourite new author (debut or new to you)
I absolutely loved this book and found the fact the story was told from Ariadne’s point of view very refreshing. It is always nice to hear an Ancient Greek myth told from a different point of view other than the arrogant male heroes we are so used to.
Newest fictional crush
I don’t usually develop fictional crushes so I have chosen a character who I really liked instead. Kol from These Violent Nights was a wonderful character and one you would love to have as a friend. He is caring, patient, loving and kind beyond measure.
Newest favourite character
Two favourite characters so far this year and that is Detective Maigret who just makes me laugh so much. Maigret builds a case up putting all the little bits of evidence together like a jigsaw until he finds the culprit. He is also a functioning alcoholic who quite often has a cold.
My second favourite character is Amos from The Expanse series. Amos is violent, volatile and completely nuts but he is also fiercely loyal and will support his friends without even blinking an eye even if it means certain death.
Book that made you cry
No book has made me cry so far this year.
Book that made you happy
Hmm… tricky as all books tend to make me happy. The one which has really made me smile and laugh out loud though would be Die Standing. Georgiou is hilarious and quite scary at times and her character along with Sean is just brilliant and a laugh a minute.
The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The picture of this book really does not do it justice. I love this book because it is the most beautiful colour and my favourite colour. I also love the portrait of Katharine Parr inside the cover.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
The last book of The Expanse series comes out this year and I would to read all the series this year and the last book if possible. However, they are very big books and I am only on book 4.
Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?
Sadly I haven’t seen any so far this year. Hopefully this will change soon.
So there is my Mid-Year Book Freak Out post. Please drop me comment if you have also taken part and I will head over for a visit.
I hope everyone has some good plans for the weekend.
My chosen poem for the week is from an old favourite. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is probably my all time favourite book of poetry, so I have chosen to share The Naming of Cats.
The Naming of Cats
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey -
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter -
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum -
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover -
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is enraged in rapt contemplation
Of the moment, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
T. S. Eliot
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.
I hope this post finds everyone well and having a good week so far.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is rather different and it is to celebrate Jana’s birthday. Happy Birthday Jana!
So this week you post ten books that you would love to own and also post your Wishlist in case anybody would like to grant you a wish. I will be going blog hopping today to see if I can grant a few people their bookish wishes.
So here are ten books off my extensive Wishlist.
Meet me in Hawaii by Georgia Toffolo – I went to Hawaii in 2019 and it is honestly the most beautiful place I have ever been to so that is one reason I want to read this book but also because I like the look of the storyline.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – I recently read the next book from this The Women of Troy and really liked what Barker had done with a time old tale so would love to read her first book.
An Old Fashioned Girlby Louisa May Alcott – I simply love Louisa May Alcott and my aim is to read and own all of her books and this one is next on the list.
In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards – New author for me but the storyline sounds fantastic.
After I’ve Gone by Linda Green – I’ve read some of Linda Green’s books in the past and really enjoy her writing.
6. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – Being a classics student has left me wanting to read loads of classics and this has been on the Wishlist for a while.
7. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell – I came across this book years ago on a TV programme done by the BBC but sadly I have never got around to reading it.
8. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – Another book I have been wanting to read for what seems like forever.
9. Flowers in the Rain and other stories by Rosamunde Pilcher – Pilcher is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing.
10. Evelina by Frances Burney – This is a bit of a wild card because I can honestly say I do not remember why it is on my Wishlist.
So there are my ten books and here is my Wishlist. Please don’t feel like you have to grant any wishes, I am just glad you stopped by for a read of my post. However, if you do grant a wish I am extremely grateful.
Right I am off to grant a few wishes. I feel like a fairy godmother!