What I’ve Read – February and March 2012

I didn’t recap this in February and am nine days late for March. Thanks to the lovely 4 days not at work (thank you Easter Bank Holiday!) I’ve been able to catch up and for what it’s worth this is what I read in those two months. There’s a little bit more ‘fibre’ in there but not lots, I haven’t had the energy to read anything that required extra thinking, as my brain has been a little taxed.

February

10. In the Shadow of the Workhouse – Jennifer Worth

I’ve raced through all three of Jennifer Worth’s books about the East End and if you can get over the style (she is a wee bit patronising) they give a real sense of time and place.

11. Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson

This was great. Loved that the heroine, was and wasn’t. That she overcame the obstacles in spite of herself and that everyone was allowed to be good and bad and that none of the major characters was totally evil, weak perhaps but not evil.  This is a series and I’m looking forward to the next and the next teenager I know that has a birthday will probably get this as a present.

12. A Night to Surrender – Tessa Dare

Oh man.  I picked this up thinking that it was Georgette Heyer-ish. It wasn’t, it was a romance. Ok, I can deal with that, I can’t deal with the ‘hero’ of the book, set in the Regency period, saying “and you love it” in reply to our heroine complaining about him. Or for that matter, sex before marriage. Sex after marriage in the Ton, I could cope with but I just can’t suspend my disbelief.  No, no, no…never again and that is all I have to say in the matter.

13. Flat Out Love – Jessica Love

Erm, I read this, but I can’t remember much about it.  Not a recommendation is it?

14. Wither – Lauren DeStefano

Dystopia, but believable. This didn’t feel like world creating, this felt like it could happen.  All children dying at 21 and 25. I enjoyed it while I read it but not enough to read the next one or really to care about any of the characters.

15. Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi

Also dystopia and I did enjoy it and the way Rossi, showed the language changing. Again one to give to the teenagers in my life.

16. The Cocktailian Chronicles: Life with The Professor – Gary Regan & Stuffy Shmitt

If you’ve read any of the Friday night cocktail posts, you’ll know I loved this. It was easy to read and informative and go and buy this, if you like cocktails and want to learn a bit more about them.

17. Gospel of Luke

The Message translation for one of the Grace Lenten meals. Interesting to read it all in one sitting.

March

18. Farewell to the East End – Jennifer Worth

I’ve raced through all three of Jennifer Worth’s books about the East End and if you can get over the style (she is a wee bit patronising) they give a real sense of time and place.

19. Between Here and Forever – Elizabeth Scott

I’ve enjoyed all of Elizabeth Scott’s books that I’ve read and this was no different. One to give as a present to the teenage girls I know.

20. At Home: A Short History of Private Life – Bill Bryson

A book off the TBR pile. This was great, interesting and going off on tangents every couple of pages. Although I know far more than I ever wanted to about rats and other pests….yuck.

21. A Storm of Swords: Part 2 Blood and Gold – George R.R. Martin

I love all of the Song of Fire and Ice books. After a gap of nearly a year, I’m back to being anxious to see what happens next.

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2 Responses to What I’ve Read – February and March 2012

  1. The Editor says:

    I’m currently reading A Storm Of Swords too. Hell, I want to live in the Seven Kingdoms now. Maybe, The Eyrie’s a good option.

    • nicdempsey says:

      It might be interesting to visit, but I’m not sure that I’d want to live there! It’s fantastic world building and I can’t think how George Martin is going to bring it all to a close…

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