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Saturday, 9 December 2017

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up!


Hello!!  Hope everyone is fighting fit!!  Shivering here despite wearing a number of layers! When is it Spring again?! No sign of any snow here yet but the forecasters keep threatening it!  

Hope everyone has had a good bookish week! My biggest achievement this week is reaching the total of.... 200 BOOKS read this year!!! Well, that is what GoodReads tells me so who am I to dispute them!!  It's been a really freaky year of reading and it doesn't feel like 200 books to be honest - some where graphic novels and audio books - but it isn't going to make choosing my favourite reads of the year any easier! Can I do a list of Top 50 reads?!  I am not looking forward to going through the list trying to decide!

Saying that, it has been a fairly restrained week here on the bookish front.with just 3 books read.  Have definitely slowed down towards the end of the year - maybe my head is too full of stories and is shutting down!! Just hoping there's room in there for a few Christmas stories as I've got a few of those on my TBR pile to get through over the next week or so!

So here's a look at those I've read, the bookpost that has arrived and what I'm currently reading!

BOOKS FINISHED









BOOKPOST 

HOLLOW SHORES by GARY BUDDEN


Gary Budden s debut collection blends the traditions of weird fiction and landscape writing in an interlinked set of stories from the emotional geographies of London, Kent, Finland and a place known as the Hollow Shore.

The Hollow Shore is both fictional and real. It is a place where flowers undermine railway tracks, relationships decay and monsters lurk. It is the shoreline of a receeding, retreating England. This is where things fall apart, waste away and fade from memory.

Finding horror and ecstasy in the mundane, Hollow Shores follows characters on the cusp of change in broken-down environments and the landscapes of the mind.


DANGEROUS SCORE by MICHAEL BEARCROFT




Football hero Jason Clooney is riding high....until a date with a

beautiful woman lands him in trouble with the media, and into

battle with the criminal underworld.

Now against a backdrop of an uncertain professional future,

Jason has to confront disturbing revelations surrounding his

new girlfriend's family.

From football action on the pitch to behind the scenes plotting.

To battles with a criminal gang and constant media attention, all

adding to the toughest challenges he has ever faced in life, love,

as a player and as a man.


LIFE'S A DRAG by JANIE MILLMAN


‘This is like an edgy Jilly Cooper - lots of eccentric characters and a lot of fun!’ Katie Fforde

'Truly terrific...I love this book' Judy Astley

A bucolic frolic in drag…

Roz and Jamie have moved to leafy Suffolk from London in search of a quiet life so it is a surprise to find that the village is embarking on its riotous annual drag competition.

Fuelled by large quantities of alcohol and ubiquitous community spirit, they soon find themselves caught up in a battle for the identity of the village itself.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Drew is fighting his own battle to save his club and the livelihoods of his closest friends. Though they seem worlds apart, it soon becomes clear that appearances are not everything and that sometimes human connections can surprise us.

A heartwarming, generous – and drunken – debut taking ‘romance’ to entirely new places.


CURRENTLY READING

AN ARTIST OF THE FLOATING WORLD by KAZUO ISHIGURO


It is 1948. Japan is rebuilding her cities after the calamity of World War II, her people putting defeat behind them and looking to the future. The celebrated painter Masuji Ono fills his days attending to his garden, his house repairs, his two grown daughters and his grandson, and his evenings drinking with old associates in quiet lantern-lit bars. His should be a tranquil retirement. But as his memories continually return to the past - to a life and a career deeply touched by the rise of Japanese militarism - a dark shadow begins to grow over his serenity

Reading this one to finish off my A-Z BookBusters Challenge for the year so hoping to end on a high note!  Ishiguro is always one of those authors I hear lots about so I'm hoping I get on with him!!



And there we have it!  Hoping to pick up the pace on the reading front again as the year approaches the end and have already started adding dates to the 2018 calendar for reading adventures for the year ahead!! It's fun being a reader isn't it!! There is always plenty to look forward to!!  And the TBR pile continues to torture us all!! 


HAPPY READING!!

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