Books Read Recently

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
My reading mojo has gone missing in the last few weeks and I was after an engaging read to get it back into order. This nearly fitted the bill. 

It's the story of a young English woman, Lily, ... read more.
Water Ways: A thousand miles along Britain's canals by Jasper Winn
I was looking out for books about canals and boats and not really sure what I was going to find. This is a book written by the Canal & River Trust's writer in residence who claims to not have know... read more.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
I have no idea where I got the recommendation for this book from but it turned up in my library holds and I started reading without any clue as to what I was going to find. And I'm glad I did!

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Dark Pines by Will Dean
 Well the last free book I downloaded from Apple Books wasn't great so the first thing I did was try reading another...

...and this worked out much better.

Tuva is a youngish journalist... read more.
A Postcard from Italy by Alex Brown
I often download the free book of the week on the Apple bookstore, and occassionally even get round to reading them. Sometimes they are great, sometimes they are not. This was not great. I quite liked... read more.
The Shadows of Men by Abir Mukherjee
I can't fault this one. It's another excellent entry in the series. I like that this series doesn't have the thing going on that makes some mystery series feel like sitcoms - where nothing is allowed ... read more.
The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall
It took me a while to get through this, I'm not entirely sure why. The setting is an interesting historical one: Italy under Mussolini, I think it was 1933. The main character is a woman doing somethi... read more.
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
So, it's a novel by a novelist who has written a couple of wildly successful books that is, in part at least, about a novelist who has written a couple of wildly successful books and then had a breakd... read more.
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
Four thousand weeks is about the span of a pretty average modern day human life. And I've already gone through about 2.5k of them!  But Burkeman's conceit is that this is all fine and you should stop... read more.
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.

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.