Books Read Recently

Books Do Furnish a Room by Anthony Powell
So, having reached volume 10 of the 12 volume series we're plunged into 'Winter' according to the seasonal cycle of the books. Which I have issue with as by my calculations the main characters are not... read more.
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Another one for the Storygraph's onboarding challenge. This challenge was to read a book from the five-star selection of a 'similar user'. I flicked through a handful of users that the site selected f... read more.
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
This was ace, I really enjoyed learning about Lyudmila Pavlichenko who was a Soviet sniper in World War II. It's a fictionalised account of a real life and you have to wait for the author's notes at t... read more.
Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don't Make Sense by Rory Sutherland
I took this book out of  the library expecting to get annoyed with it. It posits that everything isn't rational and I'm very much the rational scientific kind of person. Did I hate it? No, and I quit... read more.
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
Another book I picked from StoryGraph’s recommendations for the onboarding challenge. This time the prompt was to pick something from the most popular books of the week. This caught my eye as it won... read more.
Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis
This book caught my eye in the online library even though I'm not much of a businesss book reader. I have a kind of imposter syndrome about the world of business. Firstly there's the thing where I loo... read more.
The Blind Goddess by Anne Holt
Having decided to move my book write ups over to StoryGraph, I thought I'd try out the Reading Challenges feature they have there. The obvious place to start is with the on boarding challenge which is... read more.
Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
The moment you meet Micah Mortimer and hear all the details of his tidy ordered life you know that something is going to blow in to screw it all up for him. That's just obviously what is going to happ... read more.
Overboard by Sara Paretsky
This has the trophy for my favourite series of all time I think. There were other contenders over the years but they've all fallen by the wayside for one reason or another. I hope VI keeps going (well... read more.
The Midnight Hour by Elly Griffiths
I think I like this series better than the Ruth Galloway ones overall. I like the way a historical series can zoom forward through time. Now we're up to the mid 1960s and everyone is getting a ... read more.
A Perfect Cornish Escape (Porthmellow Harbour 3) by Phillipa Ashley
Bit of summer fun with a series I quite like. Each episode has a whole new cast but the old characters pop up from time to time. Thought this one was very nicely plotted in the end.... read more.
The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut Universe #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal
I was rather thrown by the change of viewpoint from Elma to another of the lady astronauts, Nicole Wargin, here. It took me a while to get into her head and find my rhythm in the book. But when... read more.
Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock
This was a really interesting and engaging read and full of stuff that seems kind of obvious after you read it, which isn't in any way a criticism. It's a good insight into why some people are ... read more.
The Military Philosophers (A Dance to the Music of Time, #9) by Anthony Powell
I had thought that I had settled in and was enjoying this series, but I found this one pretty damn soporific. It covers the end of the second world war and even less happens than usual. And I t... read more.
Burntcoat by Sarah Hall
It took me an awfully long time to read a rather short book. In one way I liked reading it slowly and getting a sense of the time that passed during the story; but on the other hand I read the ... read more.
Little Wing by Freya North
I'm not sure why I first picked up a Freya North book, but I'm glad I did. It would have been 25 years ago or so and romance wasn't really my thing then any more than it is now, though I'm happ... read more.
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut Universe, #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal
I loved this just as much as the first in the series. This time we move from colonizing the moon to heading out towards Mars, and there is plenty of drama along the way. Women have become more... read more.
Nightingale by Marina Kemp
I really enjoyed this read. It's set in a sleepy French village, which is a setting that sometimes seems stuck in the past, but this is a modern but still sleepy one. A young nurse is providing... read more.

For everything else I’ve read this century, and more, you are best off visiting my goodreads pages as the archives here are a bit flaky that far back! Though I’m actually moving over to storygraph in an attempt to escape another Amazon tentacle.