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I know what you mean about shifting moods. So many times a book I'm reading will inspire me to read more on a similar theme, and I pick up half a dozen, but by the time I'm done with just one or two, my interests shift again and I'm digging for more books... it's never-ending!


I'm halfway through Bill Bryson's At Home. It's easy reading & full of fascinating facts about the home & the way we lived in the past.


I'm half way through Betsy Tobin's Ice Land & enjoying the book very much. My next read will probably be either Blond Roots by Bernardine Evaristo or Sofi Oksanen's Puhdistus (Purge in English). Or I might as well start reading both! :)

Have a great weekend!



I'm very much a mood reader too and at the moment my reading mood seems to be always changing. I've just finished A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine and yesterday I thought that after that I would start Naming the Bones by Louise Welsh (I wrote about that on my blog). This morning I remembered that I want to finish Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise, but I also want to read The Body on the Beach by Simon Brett (and it's due back at the library next week). The difficulty is that I'm spoilt for choice. I should not borrow any more library books, buy any more new books, or accept review books until I've read more from my own shelves. But what shall I read next? Maybe I should close my eyes and pick one at random.


I am also a moody reader. And can petulant lke a child when I "have to" read a particular book to satisfy an obligation. I have also wanted to read Stone's Fall for a very long time so wish you well. Don't be put off by what you have heard about Instance though. I think the two of you will get along just fine. As for this weekend's reading? Loooving Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.


I found Venetia enjoyable, if a tad melodramatic. IMHO, Heyer doesn't do tortured angsty heroes as well as the solid imperturbable ones.

Amanda R.

I will be finishing Crime and Punishment (hopefully) and revisiting some Sherlock Holmes tales. I really want to start in on another pile of books in the bedroom. Reader's ADD has struck!


I'll be reading from a now-diminished pile of library books this weekend - all of them kids/YA books, which I *think* I'm in the mood for at the moment -- shall see! First up is John Green's An Abundance of Katherines, which one of my friends recommended -- it's about a teenager who was a child prodigy and who always dates girls named Katherine -- and always gets dumped by them. I only have three library books checked out at the moment, which is a contrast to recent weeks.

After I'm done with An Abundance of Katherines, I might read another book by the same author (Paper Towns) or I might switch gears and do some catching up on back issues of the New Yorker -- the Summer Fiction issue is waiting for me! And after *that* -- which won't be 'til next week, I'm sure -- I'm thinking I'll pick up a book I own but haven't read yet. Maybe Waiting for the Weekend by Witold Rybczynski, but I'm like you -- it all depends on my mood.

Although, on the subject of books I don't own, reading Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog has made me feel like I really should go check some Dorothy Sayers out of the library! And: I think the mystery references - especially the Sayers references - in the Willis book would be something you'd enjoy.


Yesterday I finished Arnaldur Indridason Voices which was my first by this and any Icelandic author. Easy reading good story.
Today I started Mary Stewart Stormy Petrel. What to say, I just keep coming back to her.


Jeane--That's what happens to me as well. I also often read an author who I'll enjoy and then want to read several more of his or her books but by the time I get hold of them three other books will be wanting attention.
Lyn--I really like Bill Bryson though I've not read anything by him for ages. I wonder if this is new--it sounds good, so I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
Tiina--I read Ice Land a while back and really enjoyed it. It made me want to learn more about Icelandic myths and fairy tales. The other two books are new to me--I say start them both (well, that's probably what I would end up doing! :) ).
BooksPlease--I know exactly what you mean by being spoilt for choice! That is also my problem. I loved The Dark Adapted Eye and whenever I see someone else reading Barbara Vine it makes me want to go directly to my shelves and pick up one of her books to read, too! I've Suite Francaise on my list as well. I tend to let library books take precedence as they usually can't be renewed. Oh well, my solution is usually to just start more books than I really should.
Frances--I am the same way with obligation reads. I always want to read them--if they are reading group books or a review copy I was happy to get, but the moment I know I "need" to read it now, I want to pick up something else entirely! I'm enjoying Stone's Fall so far--not sure what to think of the character narrating, but he has me interested...and glad to hear that Instance is more accessible than I've heard. I've heard it compared to Eco's The Name of the Rose which seems a formidable read to me. I think I may have to add Major Pettigrew to my list--I've heard many good things about it.
Niranjana--I think a lot of Heyer's novels verge on the melodramatic, but I sort of expect it and let her get away with it. So far Venetia is a nice distraction from life.
Amanda--I think I must suffer from the same thing--reader's ADD--I need to stop thinking about books I'm not already in the middle of reading. Crime and Punishment is serious reading--good for you! Did you see the movie Sherlock Holmes? I know the movie is a stretch, but as I am not a Sherlock oficianado I was willing to go with the story--I thought it totally entertaining! Must get back to the books sometime.
Heather--Sometimes I have to dig into a book to see if it's what I want, too. I've been curious about the Green book--it sounds interesting. I've found a lot of YA reads to be really good reads with a surprising (not sure why surprising) amount of depth!). I always want to read magazines but I buy them and then they sit in a pile for ages. I usually go for a book when I want to read something. And I have the Willis book on my pile, too. I even read Three Men in a Boat in anticipation of reading it, so I had better get to it this year! Now that I hear it has references to Dorothy Sayers I really am going to have to get to it soon! Have fun picking reading material this weekend.
Catharina--Indridason is one of those "I've been meaning to read..." authors. I have Jar City, which I bought when he was first becoming popular. Several books more and I've still not read him. I like Mary Stewart and now that you mention her, I want to read something by her, too. One of the last groups of books I bought had a Mary Stewart in it--My Brother Michael--I wonder what I did with it now...:)


Moody reader over here too - gah it can be problematic and I find I'm more likely to cast aside light reads because of mood changes than heavy ones. I think sometimes historicals bridge the mood gap most easily (maybe because when reading it's easy it imagine the darkness that went beside the happy times, because history was no picnic). I know you like Jude Morgan and I noticed she's written a few more regency style books, similar to 'Indiscretion' which might be the perfect thing for your mood if you can find them.

I agree 'Fingerpost' is (in my opinion) a mixed bag (alright I might be harsher and say it was dull and full of lots of 'convenient' misogyny - because it's totally ok to have unquestioned misogyny in a historical pastiche if its for accuracy apparently). Kind of thinks its being edgy when it's just sending you to sleep ;) But that's just my opinion and 'Stones' is a different book so probably better.


I get kind of jittery when I can't decide what to read and sometimes I end up with a migraine. I suppose it just shows the importance of reading to our well-being. I'm working through my Rumer Godden phase and thinking about contemporary American women writers right now.


Jodie--I really liked Jude Morgan's An Accomplished Woman and should look to see what else my library has. I do have her Bronte book, but I think I am looking for something from the Regency period. I also like returning to historical fiction and you're right some of it can be really dark. It's interesting to hear your thoughts on Instance... I guess I know roughly what it's about but as it is a little older I've not come across any bloggers talking about it. So far Stone's Fall is good, though I'm not too far in. I think the stories are fairly different, but we'll see how it goes.
Nicola--I need to have good books close by, too, and feel a little disoriented when I don't have something I really want to pick up and work on. I've been reading your Rumer Godden posts and want to pick up one of her books now, too. Actually I went and requested one through ILL that you had on your stack in one of your photos! I loved Greengage Summer! I'll be curious to see which American writers you pick as I want to read more as well (both women and men).


Advanced math, yes that must be it :) I've had Instance of the Fingerpost on my TBR list for what seems like ages. I imagine if you like Stone's Fall I will be adding it too!

Liz F

Major Pettigrew is wonderful and I enjoyed what I read of Stone's Fall before it had to go back (although I'm not sure where the comparisons to In the Name of the Rose came from - I know it has been a while since I read the latter but it certainly isn't a comparison I would have thought of)
BTW Jude Morgan is male and The Taste of Sorrow is really, really good although maybe more suited to autumn or winter reading.


Stefanie--I always was bad at math as you can see. Instance of the Fingerpost sounds so interesting now that I've heard a few opinions on it. I am enjoying Stone's Fall, though. I wish I had more time to read it!
Liz--The curse of library due dates--not being able to finish books you are enjoying!! I think I saw the comparison of Pears and Eco in an Amazon review--less to do with actual plot and more with the complexity of stories--though I've not yet read either so can't attest to how accurate that is. They do both sound like challenging reads--or am I giving in to strange literary fears? You know, I do know Jude Morgan is a man and am not sure why I persist on calling him--she! I think the name sounds feminine and I've always thought it was a penname, though I bet that's not the case at all. I think I will save Taste of Sorrow for later. I have it on my pile but wouldn't mind a nice light Regency sort of story for now.


I love your "Advance Math Skills" Danielle :)

Instance at the Fingerpost was such a fabulous book. It was lengthy and took me a bit to get through but such an engaging story and one of those which makes you question the narrator. So definitely a puzzle. I've not read any of his mysteries but should. I can imagine they'd be a lot of fun.


Iliana--I never was any good in any sort of math! Best to blame things on that. His mysteries are far slimmer volumes, though I don't remember much of the stories I'm sorry to say. I think I will have to give Instance a go at some point. I love puzzles even though I never work them out before the end of a story.


I have both Stone's Fall and An Instance of the Fingerpost on my night-stand, debating which one to begin first. Looks like I'll take your advice by starting the former.


Matt--I'm very much enjoying Stone's Fall and I don't even think I've yet gotten into the thick of things! I will have to read Instance of the Fingerpost at some point as well, but this one really appeals at the moment. I look forward to hearing what you think about it, too!

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