Book review – Ivory Vikings (in Shiny New Books) and the Christmas books begin


Ivory Vikings

Click the link to read the review

I’m excited to announce that my review of Nancy Marie Brown’s “Ivory Vikings” is now live in the new edition of the lovely online book review magazine Shiny New Books! Do pop over and read my review here. Shiny New Books is edited by a group of marvellous book bloggers, including my friend Simon, and is well worth a read – it’s divided up into Fiction, Non-Fiction and Reprints with a Bookbuzz section with all sorts of lovely essays and interviews etc. Enjoy!

And … the book flood begins. We’ve seen the horrors of my Mt TBR, but then we had the BookCrossing Birmingham Christmas Party, a bit early this year (and to my horror, I still have one book from last year’s haul on my TBR so I know I’m 51 weeks behind at the moment!).

Three books and a colouring book

Don’t they go together well, too!

My friend Sam made some great choices, one book off my wishlist (the poet Wendy Cope’s autobiography), one that she knew I’d like (Debbie Macomber at Christmas!) and a totally unknown to me book about travelling around Iceland by Mark Archer – I was thrilled to see the boat sculpture we know so well from the sea road around Reykjavik on the cover. The other one is, fortunately, a colouring book – a very nice one, too. And there is still, I promise, some chocolate – which is in the fridge.

And so it begins. I haven’t won two books on NetGalley or anything, of course I haven’t. I’m still reading the novel about Agile, but I have finished the last of the Forsyte Saga novels, so that review will be up next and I’m able to start the Dorothy Richardson “Pilgrimage” Virago novels very soon. Which are totally going to reduce the number of books on my actual TBR, right …

I have made more time for reading, so that’s working. Let’s hope it works really well, that’s all I can say.

Are you having a good reading month so far, or are festivities eating into your reading time?

State of the TBR December 2015


Nov 15 tbrOh woe! Grieve, oh Venuses and Cupids, for my TBR is only more massive than it was before. The TBR which used to hover around a shelf to a shelf and a half is no more. And although I’ve read some books on Kindle and review copies and books off those terrible piles of books that I pictured last time (look there if you wish, I can’t face posting the pic again), the actual TBR looks much as it did last time (see below for the lie, again, of what I’ll be reading next).

The Phoenix ProjectWhat am I reading currently? I’m on the LAST of the Forsyte Saga books at the moment on my Kindle, and a great read it is, too, with horrible husbands and feeble potential boyfriends, independent women and family pride. I’ve so enjoyed re-reading this series. I’m also reading this rather odd book which has been going around my husband’s work and he’s listened to on audiobook – it’s a novelisation of the process of instilling Agile principles in a workplace. As you do. Although it is a bit odd and geeky, it does give me an insight into IT departments and the relationships between programmers, testers and operations, and it has a weird charm which is keeping me reading.

Dorothy Richardson - PilgrimageI  have my next reading project lined up already – how fortuitous that some friends in the LibraryThing Virago Group have decided to read the 13 novels in Dorothy Richardson’s pioneering work of Stream of Consciousness, “Pilgrimage” just as I acquired the middle two, having owned book 1 for years and found book 4 in a charity shop in the spring. So starting this month, I’ll be reading one individual book (the volumes contain two to five each) per month through 2016.

Nov 15 coming up 1And I really do promise to make inroads into these. I have to – I already have several book-shaped parcels milling around waiting for Christmas. But I have a plan, a new policy: Making Time for Reading. As far as I’m able, I’m going to read …

  • In the bit of time between waking up and having breakfast
  • In the bit of time between 6pm and M getting home
  • In bed, where I will have retired earlier than I have been of an evening

I did read eight books in November, but most were easy reads and were picked off for that reason. Time to read these enticing lovelies that have been languishing at the front of the TBR for TOO LONG.

Did you spot the Easter Egg in the first paragraph, by the way? There is a prize of absolutely nothing except glory if you did …


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