Sunday, 27 November 2016

Some books have been borrowed and read

Came home from the library last week with these that I'd reserved online.

Thankfully the weather was eventually good enough for us to walk to the library,  as I was down to my last library book although I've always got a goodly amount of TBR of my own.
Also brought home a letter about more cuts needed to library funding to balance the books. We just hope they don't feel the need to start charging for reservations or, now we are moving back to the country, cut out mobile libraries completely.

I've not done any book reviews lately but this is what's been read in the last couple of weeks.

Marlene C Miller - Called to be Amish [Non Fiction 2015]. One of my own books.
Then 4 library books
Christopher St John Sprigg - Death of An Airman [British Library Crime Classics 2016 (originally 1934)]                         
George Bellairs - Death of a Busybody [British Library Crime Classics 2016 (originally published 1943)]
  Michael Foley - Ready for Anything, Essex at War [Non Fiction 2006]
Freeman Wills Crofts - Mystery in the Channel [British library Crime Classic 2016 originally 1931]

Also now read the book on the top of the library book pile - Thread of Evidence by Bernard Knight. Like the BLCC this is also crime fiction re-published from a while back. Between 1998 and 2010 Bernard Knight wrote a series of historical crime set in Exeter during the 12th Century and then  a trilogy set in the 1950's. Rather oddly the series  of 7 (Thread of Evidence is the 2nd)set in Wales written in the 1960's are not mentioned at all on Fantastic Fiction, I wonder if he wanted to keep quiet about them as they are not as well written as he more recent titles!

Yes, I do seem to read a lot of crime fiction. Why? Probably because they always have a proper ending which you don't always get with an ordinary fiction and they rarely reduce me to a blubbering wreck! And of course authors who write crime tend to write several.

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  1. I am just reading fluff at the moment Sue as I can't concentrate on anything heavier.
    Currently being read is Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market. Pretty dire but at least it tires my eyes out so I can go to

  2. I'm currently reading my way through some of my cook books, I've not read a crime novel for years, although my younger son is a HUGE fan and has shelves and bookcases full of crime fiction and true life tales that he's read but can't bear to part with. I'd be a bit worried but seeing as he is in that line of work (the legitimate side of it) it's okay ;-)

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  3. Both my husband and I read a lot and share books, new and charity shop, with our next door neighbour who is also a prolific reader. The books I enjoy most are crime, mystery and who-done-its. Have you read Sue Grafton or Lisa Gardener? They're very good. I lent a Lisa Gardener book to my daughter when we were on holiday together last year as she'd run out of something to read and she enjoyed it so much she will now read any of LGs books (although she doesn't like mysteries in general).

    Joan (Wales)

  4. We read lots of crime too. I have adopted some rules in the library lately - if the blurb starts "ex-CIA agent turned..." or "Attorney..." it goes straight back on the shelves. I prefer a good realistic read! I love crime set in the UK. Unfortunately we have noticed some library books have really bad writing lately and some terrible grammar!

  5. I've been on a crime kick lately though I'm trying to get through my own pile of (ever increasing) books so a lot of them have been light reads. I really enjoyed reading Kate Rhodes (Alice Quentin series) and also Sharon Bolton (Lacey Flint series). I tend to gravitate towards female lead roles, probably as I can relate to them more.

    I hope the library can get funding needed. Libraries are so important. I don't think I would have survived as a child/teen without the library!

  6. A great selection there, Sue. I'm currently reading non-fiction: On the Fringe by Imogen Taylor (which I've written about on my blog, three or four posts back

  7. Umming and ahhing whether to buy an Amazon Fire 7 tablet to use as an e-reader. I just don't have room for any more books.

  8. I love crime fiction. Right now I am reading the Litigators by John Grisham. It is actually quite funny in places.

    God bless.