Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Choosing a book to read - not as easy as you think

The library van didn't come in December as it was due on Christmas day so next visit is not until the 22nd and I've read all my library books except for the two non-fiction on WWII farming and food. The trouble is I'm not in non-fiction mood so I need to read something off my shelves and here is where the problem starts..... too many books to choose from!
How to choose............ first bypass all the non-fiction, still leaves 'quite a few' fiction. Something I've read before - No, so shall I read the second of the Maureen Jennings after reading the first one before Christmas to make sure the set was OK for a friend's gift.
Or, since I've been given the final book to complete a series by Edward Marston, I could now start reading them
Elizabethan Theater
1. The Queen's Head (1988)                                         2. The Merry Devils (1989)  
3. The Trip to Jerusalem (1990)                                      4. The Nine Giants (1991)
5. The Mad Courtesan (1992)                                        6. The Silent Woman (1994)    
 7. The Roaring Boy (1995)                                            8. The Laughing Hangman (1996) 
9. The Fair Maid of Bohemia (1997)                               10. The Wanton Angel (1999)
11. The Devil's Apprentice (2001)                                   
12. The Bawdy Basket (2002)
13. The Vagabond Clown (2003)                                    
14. The Counterfeit Crank (2004)
15. The Malevolent Comedy (2005)                               
16. The Princess of Denmark (2006)


Or I could read another of the ABC crime series by  Sue Grafton,   I'm up to K.
Or maybe try one of the random ex-library crime books I possess by an untried author. 

In the end I plumped for a series by Maureen Ash. These are historical crime by another author who once lived in this country but now lives in Canada. I borrowed the first from a friend and read it, tried to order the next from the library only to find they didn't have any of her books and they are not published in this country. So I put them on my wish list and over the years have collected the next five. Next, look in my Book-of-Books-Read to see which of the series I've read so far, then check Fantastic Fiction to see which one comes next.  Great excitement - there are 2 more that I didn't know about. Look on Amazon to add them to the wish list - Oh Damn - only published for Kindle - bother. Revert to finding the one to read  - A Plague of Poison. 
Settle down on settee only to find it's past 10 O'clock and bedtime.
I'll try again tonight.

Welcome to Sarah, Tina and Sheela who have clicked the google button recently and thanks for all the comments on Free or Not Free - That is the question!

Back tomorrow - I hope
Sue

 


19 comments:

  1. Can you not borrow remotely if you have a reader that supports e-pub format? Our libraries in Notts offer that.

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    1. Pardon? remotely? the thing that turns the TV on? e-pub? on-line drinking? a reader? - That's me, I'm a reader!

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  2. Mmm, decisions, decisions. I like the Sue Grafton series, & am just a bit worried about what she'll do when she gets to the end of the alphabet, X is out now, but I haven't read it yet! Enjoy your reading. Vee x

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    1. X is on my wish list for next Christmas. I think she must retire soon as she's 75 according to Fantastic Fiction. Have you read 'Kinsey and me' which is all about how she came to write the books

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  3. Decisions, decisions. Glad you chose one in the end. I am deep in my Phil Rickman novel, trying to read it slowly so it lasts!

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    1. Why oh why could I not get into them? So many people love them I shall try again sometime

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  4. Currently having a bit of a Roman phase, started the Vespasian series , just read Centurion...plus I need to get on with the Bernard Cornwall Last Kingdom series before they turn more into tv....

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    1. I liked some of the early Bernard Cornwall but then they started to get really complicated and I gave up

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  5. I have rather too many books on the bedside table, many of them just 1/2 read and put to one side for one reason or another ... not quite up to snuff but not bad enough to give up on completely; not the right book at the right time; something else has come along which is more enticing ...
    I would add that if you've not read the Maisie Dobbs mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear, do look out for them on the library van or order them. You can find the list on Fantastic Fiction, but do start with Maisie Dobbs. And there's a new one coming out this year! Yippee!
    Margaret P

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    1. LOVE the Maisie Dobbs series and have read them all - very well written. The library haven't got it on order yet so I shall make a note for later

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  6. I think there are times when only a fiction book - which takes you out of yourself - will do. Hope you managed a good relaxing read today Sue/

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  7. I am reading Water Witch by Carol Goodman. not sure what I think of it, am not that far into it.

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  8. Sounds like you've quite a selection of books from which to choose! Have fun reading!

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  9. I also like Sue Grafton. I've only read two of them, charity shop finds given to us by our neighbour who is also a prolific reader. I'm reading The Painted Man series at the moment, which I got for my birthday. They are unputdownable. Then after them it will be a Lisa Gardner book I got for Christmas. I love a good book preferably thrillers and murder mysteries.

    Joan (Wales)

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  10. I am currently into a Jacqueline Winspear "mood", with another One of her Books waiting plus One by Oliver Sacks... My husband is currently into his e-books... I try to read the Books in the English version and especially love buying old library books.

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  11. I'm flitting between two non-fiction book at the moment - which seems to be all that my brain is prepared to accept. They both have a culinary theme - 'Our Table in France' and 'Real Fast Puddings'. Jx

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  12. Been looking for some new books to read - will try Sue Grafton, don't think I've read any of hers.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  13. I am just working through mine in the order they are on the shelf otherwise I would take too long choosing them! xx

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  14. Hi, I'm a long-time lurker from Belgium.

    Have you read any books by Peter Tremayne? His Sister Fidelma series contains 26 books :) All about a really bright woman in 7th century Ireland.

    Siebrie

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