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Any interesting stories about how you heard of that particular book?

In honor of the fact that it's finally reached the balmy heights of just-above-freezing here after a couple of weeks in the icebox, I'm starting:

The Beach Hut ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14866159/ )

And a quick read, which I got from a friend who's downsizing:

Where's My Jetpack? ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14866139/ )

 

Well, I don't think so, given that I can't remember where either of them came from, or why, but they were both registered by me so no BC history to report :-)
Nonfiction: Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child by Jane Lapotaire - interesting memories of her childhood in post-war Suffolk
Novel: Winter's Fire by Giles Kristian - Viking adventures in 8th century Norway
ETA: I'm reading them now because I can make them fit plum's January reading theme!

 

The Chateau of Briis: A Lesson in Love by Alison Weir, a short addition to her Six Tudor Queens series, featuring Anne Boleyn
A entertaining love story from Anne's teenage years at the French court :-)

 

Novel: Winter's Fire by Giles Kristian - Viking adventures in 8th century Norway

I'm getting bored with my Vikings now, so I'm going to try something lighter for the weekend and maybe get back to them another time!

 

something lighter for the weekend

The book, but not the weekend, is over - and my Viking's still aren't calling me . . . . The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, next :-)

 

At the time this book came out, Mom had been decrying the fact that she never got to go to college and study English literature, so I bought it for her. It passed back to me in 2015, and just now reached the top of the TBR stack.

Although Mom never mentioned it, I can tell from the feel of the hardcover that it must have been thoroughly read.

Heaney's introduction, with lots of Irish "colonial" background, is fascinating, and I like the fast pace of his translation. On the facing pages with the Anglo-Saxon text, I can infrequently recognize words ("cwen" for "queen").

 

Both of these books came in boxes that were given to me to find new homes.

1. No Longer a Slumdog by K. P. Yohannan -- on the work of one organization who is helping the throw away children in India

2. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin -- a woman's look at her life with autism

 

No story of interest of how it got to me. Just started reading it and I hope to finish it soon: that means another oldie(from 2011) and one off the 1001-list read.

Finished my Dutch night cap book earlier today, so I'll have to think what I'll put on my nightstand now.

On the other hand, I received the book today that I'm going to give to my nephew: Cars and Trucks and Things that Go by Richards Scarry. Of course I'll readvit before wrapping ;-)

 

These are always fun reads just for kicks.

 

The Ax by Donald Westlake.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14583884

Always enjoy his crime novels. This is a recycled library book that I got from a book swapping site.

 

About once a year, I read a detective novel. I was reading 'Jonathan Norrell and Mr Strange', but then I had to go somewhere and it was too thick, so chose this instead, to fit in with this month's Ultimate Challenge theme (houses, rooms, etc.). Presumably I got this in a box of books that I inherited from our expat club when it petered out. A group of the friends I made still meets, but the club is no more, leaving me with 5 boxes of books to read or cross as I wish.

 

Slave to Love by Rebecca Campbell

It's been on my shelf for a long time and I can't remember any story with it's arrival apart from it being from another bookcrosser.

 

It's the last book in the Michael Vey series. I'll be sorry to see this one end.

 

Just finished Michael Connelly's Two Kinds Of Truthhich was excellent. Just about to start Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg.

 

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

 

A fourth grade girl fights back when her favorite book is pulled from the shelves of her school's library.

You are never too young to fight against censorship.

 

Merman in My Tub ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14867493/ ), another in the humorous series about (quite literally) a merman who takes up residence in the protagonist's bathtub.

 

I am reading Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman.
Do you guys know about it? There's a website where you kind of do the same thing on this one except you have to solve the clue to find it.

 

I am reading Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman.
Do you guys know about it? There's a website where you kind of do the same thing on this one except you have to solve the clue to find it.


Nope. Why don't you tell us about it?

 

A library book that goes back next week. So far a good book but I am only on page twenty.

 

One of the Sookie Stackhouse books

 

2nd in her County Cork (Ireland) mystery series.

 

Just started "The Silver Star" by Jeanette Walls.

 

I couldn't get into Slave to Love so have now started
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan.

It was an impulse buy from my local bookshop.

 

Set in colonial Australia during the latter half of the 19th Century, the story revolves around Alexander Kinross and his family, their adventures and travails...

 

Got an email from NetGalley that this book was available as a read now (meaning you don't have to request it and be approved by the publisher) for 48 hours. I'd not read this author before but heard her compared to Robyn Carr once, who I love, so I took the bait. I'm not very far in but liking it so far.

 

Reading it for my Italian lit class. It won the Premio Strega last year (the most prestigious literary award in Italy).

 

... I finished "The Color of Water" by James McBride ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13809803 ).

Now I'm continuing with "The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14870132 ) and I'm also adding "We Should All Be Feminists" by Adichie (not yet registered).

 

I am really enjoying it, maybe I'll give a try to Ulysses in the next future. I got my copy from a swapping bookshelf.

 

Warning: when you read “The Dead”, have some tissues handy.

 

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