It’s September now, and judging by the sudden plummet in temperatures, Summer is firmly over!
What I have read
I did quite well even though I didn’t read much the week I was on holiday. I spent several evenings in the hot tub then, though, and I thought it inadvisable to take a book in with me! I’m still six books ahead of schedule so I’m doing fine.
What I finished in August:
- Baby. Boom! – Helen Wallen
- The Mummy Lessons – Helen Wallen
- Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon
- Discovering Scotland’s Lost Local Lines – Julian Holland*
- Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next #2) – Jasper Fforde
- Lies We Tell Mothers – Suzy K. Quinn
- The Clippie Girls – Margaret Dickinson
- The Foyles Bookshop Girls (The Foyles Girls #1) – Elaine Roberts
And I’m still working on:
- The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War (The Foyles Girls #2) – Elaine Roberts.
- The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3) – Jasper Fforde
- The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger
*Probably not the Julian Holland from The Naughtiest Girl books.
I made the same mistake this month and started on the second Foyles Girls book, not realising it was the second in the series. I then read the first, and as I’ve started the second feel I should finish it even though the first wasn’t that great.
Talking of ‘not great’ I (and this is rare) do not recommend The Clippie Girls unless you want to be 30% bored, 30% irritated by almost all the main characters, 10% incredulous at the ridiculous birth details, and 20% in a rage at the hundreds of times the lead female characters bite their lips. The remaining 10% was probably OK. So far in the Foyles Girls books there has only been half a dozen lip-bitings, though most have ended in the metallic taste of blood. Who are these lip chewing women and how have they not disfigured themselves to the point of no return??
Ahem. Anyway, does anyone else find it hard to give up on a rubbish book?
What I have watched
- ER season 13
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I’m inclined to try the book now.
- Murder She Wrote season 5
What I have done
- Found a few more Oor Wullies
- Brodie turned two (how??) and had a party
- Visited the St Andrews Sea Life Centre
- Organised a LOT of crisp packets for charity
- Launched my board game library
- Went on holiday! We stayed on a farm near Banchory in Aberdeenshire, and visited somewhere new every day. We went to Crathes Castle (lovely gardens and an adventure playground), The Deeside Vintage Steam Rally (lots of vintage tractors and other vehicles), The Den and The Glen (lots of life-sized fairy-tale and nursery rhyme characters, castles, vehicles and play parks in a huge garden), Stonehaven beach and park, the Grampian Transport Museum, and the Brechin Castle Centre (no castle, but a large play park with sledges and pedal carts etc).
- Went to our favourite beach for a paddle and sandcastles, and found a crab and some shrimp-like things
No, I don’t find it hard to give up on a rubbish book. If it’s still boring at page 100, I used to skip the rest and move on the next book on my TBR mountain.
However, I’m very glad that I kept reading Ken Follett’s “Night Over Water”, all off a sudden after page 100 it really takes off!
Then I read a very boring and thick historical novel by Follett set in the medieval ages. Its a story about a cathedral which was built and I thought, maybe if I continue reading it will get better? After all, this man wrote the excellent “Night Over Water”, but the cathedral story never became better. I guess you’ll have to love historical novels in order to get something out of it.
Anyway, the book about the cathedral was so popular that it was turned into a mini TV series.
If it’s truly terrible I can put a book down, but if it’s only bad I tend to force myself to persevere.
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After we visited Guernsey in May 2014, we had to watch “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”, however it never had a movie theater or DVD release in the US (??????).
So last Christmas my daughter-in-law asked me what I would like to get for Christmas and I told her that we would love to watch this movie, but the DVD was only available at the British amazon.
It arrived in time and we watched the film right after Christmas and loved it.
Unfortunately it was not filmed on Guernsey (the roads are too small for the camera crew trucks etc).
“The Age of Adaline” with Michiel Huisman is even nicer than “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. Give it a try.