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2015 reading challenge link up party – March

We’ve decided to just post monthly for this challenge from now on, with the posts being on the first Sunday of the month. Rachel has other commitments taking her away from reading at the moment and it’ll let both of us have a bit more content to our posts.

I’ve managed to read another three for the challenge taking my total up to 10/53.

A book with a number in the title
Three amazing things about you by Jill Mansell

mansellthreeI did have another book down for this prompt but when this one turned up, I thought it would do nicely. I’d had it on reserve at the library for ages so was delighted when it finally got to my turn as I usually enjoy this author. I liked this one a lot. I didn’t love it, but it was a sweet, enjoyable read.

A book with a colour in the title
Black roses by Jane Thynne

thynneblackThis is another prompt where I’d intended to read something already on my To Be Read pile, but again, when this one arrived from the library, it fitted the prompt so I decided to use it. My friend is sending me the second book in this series and as I’m incapable of reading books out of order, I reserved this one from the library so I could read it first. It’s set during WWII, in Berlin and was a very good read. I’m looking forward to the second instalment now.

A non-fiction book
The politics of washing: real life in Venice by Polly Coles

colesveniceThis has been on my Kindle for ages. I can’t resist anything set in Venice as I still remember our amazing holiday there back in the nineties. This was an interesting read which I quite enjoyed. It was written by someone who spent a year living in Venice. It has some Venetian history in it, and tells what normal life is like there for people who have to go to work and school among all the tourists.

I’ve also read the first book in the quartet that I’m reading for the Trilogy prompt, but I’ll post that once I’ve completed all four books.

Linking up to Rachel for the challenge party.

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2015 reading challenge link up party – Feb #2

I’ve come up with a cunning plan to allow me to post for Rachel’s link party for the Ultimate Reading Challenge, when it falls on the same day as the cross stitch SAL post. I don’t want to do two linky posts on the same day and the SAL is every three weeks, the Reading posts are the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. They’re going to clash a fair bit

Rachel is in New Zealand which is ahead of us by half a day. So, if I post on the Saturday night, that’ll be Sunday morning in NZ, so will be a bit early here, but perfectly timed for Rachel’s post. Crafty, huh?

Right, ramble finished, here’s my reads for the past two weeks.

Total so far  7/52

Read a book from the year that you were born
Trustee from the toolroom by Nevil Shute.

TrusteeToolroomI’ve read a couple of Shute’s books before this one. Most people know him for A town like Alice, which I’ve read and enjoyed, but I much preferred On the beach. I was fairly confident that I’d like this one, and I did. It’s a smashing story and I love the writing style.

I actually had a great choice of books from the year that I was born, but I’d read most of the ones that I’d heard of. There were still a few to pick from though and luckily the library had a copy of this one.

Read a Pulitzer prize-winning book
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

GoldfinchI’ve been meaning to read this for ages as I loved The secret history. I spotted it on the list of Pulitzer prize-winners and knew straight away that it was the perfect book for this category. It was an excellent read, all 800+ pages of it so I’m glad the challenge gave me a push to finally read it.

Read a book with antonyms in the title
Wild: A journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed

No picture for this one as I read it on the Kindle. I’ve seen the film of this advertised quite a lot recently and it looked good. You know me though, I’d rather read the book, so I looked it up on Amazon and downloaded it. If the film is half as good as the book, it’ll be worth watching. Once again I’m glad that the challenge pushed me to read this instead of storing it on my Kindle for a year or two.

That’s all for this update. I’ve got plenty of ideas for what to read for the other categories now. I just need to find the time to read them.

The link-up party is here. It’s not too late to join in if you’d like. The more the merrier.