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What I’m Reading this Week… (3)

Well my reading has not progressed much from last week! I’ve been so busy with university I’ve only managed to finish one book (Michael McIntyre’s autobiography). Lets hope that this week is a little more productive!

I have a maths assignment to write so all of this pile is getting perused!

I’m still reading PD James. Its good, but I’m not totally into the characters yet.

This is my favourite book from childhood and I still like to re-read it, so I’m hoping this week if I get into a reading slump it will save me!

What are you reading this week?

Lindy x



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Book Review: Name of the Wind

Oh my oh my did I love this book. It has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. I thought it looked good, brought it on an impulse and then it sat on my shelf and it mocked me. It was just so thick and I never considered that I had the time to read it. So it just sat there. And looked at me.

Yet over the Easter holidays I was in full essay avoidance mode and I decided to start it. Goodness me was that one excellent decision of mine! In the end I finished it in under a week it was that good!

This is a really well written, structured and plotted novel that grips you from the get go. The characters are interesting, complicated and their motivations are believable, pretty important in a novel that is 600+ pages long!

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy novels or just simply well plotted and interesting books. Despite this novels length I was never bored with the story and was ecstatic to find out that there was a sequel and that its part of a planned trilogy.

You can bet that the sequel is now on my library request lists!

I leave you with this quote from the back cover, and if this doesn’t make you want to read the book I don’t know what will!

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.’

If you have read this book let me know- did you enjoy it as much as me?

Lindy xxx

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What I’m Reading this Week… (2)

I finished Patrick Rothfuss the Name of the Wind! I took a lot of dedicated ignoring of my assignment but I did it… full review coming later in the week.

I’m going for easy reads this week as I am going back to university 😦 As you know I’m a fan of biography and Michael McIntyre is pretty darn funny so I’m hoping the two have met in a joyous union here.

I will be reading this book for the foreseeable future! It just takes so long!

This I picked up for 50p at a charity shop- deal! And we all know how I can’t resist a bit of crime fiction!

What are you reading this week friends?

Lindy xxx

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Book Review: Calories and Corsets

Calories and Corsets by Louise Foxcroft is a non-fiction title which I borrowed from my library as an e-book on a whim. (Yes, I am still amazed by this service and now borrow more e-books than physical books from my library!) It is a brief history of dieting and diet fads that spans from ancient history to the modern day.

I borrowed it mostly because I am a sucker for non-fiction titles and I enjoy reading popular history titles. I wasn’t disappointed by this book. It is a light and airy overview of diet history that focused mostly on recent history say the 1700 onwards. Which was logical considering that this was the point from which fad dieting really began to explode as a phenomenon.

What I found most fascinating from this book was really how little fad dieting has changed in the last 300 years. All of the modern latest ‘quick fix’ diets have all be done before and low-carb diets are in no way a new invention! I was also interested to find out that the medias obsession with celebrities weight was not new either- apparently Lord Byron in his day was quite hounded for his eating habits! Louise Foxcroft’s writing was engaging and I never lost interest; I think I read this in about 2 evenings.

All in all a good easy read that makes you think about your own eating habits and how history has an amazing tendency to repeat itself.

Lindy xxx

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What I’m reading this week….

I have an English assignment on children’s literacy development to write for university this week so any and all of these books will be perused at length this week!

I brought this book ages ago in a Waterstones sale but have only just got round to starting it. Its a chunker at 662 pages so it may take me a while, but thus far it is really, really good!

This is another book that I have been reading on and off for ages. Its quite technical and one of those book where I really have to be concentrating to make sure I understand what is going on. Its very interesting though and I am determined to finish it!

What are you reading at the moment?

Lindy xxx

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You know you’re a library addict when….

… You get home from a full weeks teaching, notice that your library reservation is in and decide that despite the fact you are knackered walking the 20 minutes in to town to get said book is worth it.

(This better be good!)

Then when you get there and find out they are having a book sale with 5 books for £1 you just can’t help yourself and end up lugging home these…

This is when you know you are an incurable library addict.

I’m linking this post up with The Captive Readers and The Intrepid Readers ‘Library Loot’ Series, I recommend you check out some of the other great books people have got from their local libraries this week.

Lindy xxx


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Life updates and shiz

So hello internet friends…. how are you? The last month of so has been so stressful around these parts that I haven’t got beyond book reviews… and I’m sorry! Our car was smashed in to, our washing machine broke down and things got so horrendously stressful with my course that I kind of just shut down for a while. Only the bare minimum was done, no more.

But today, for the first time in a  while I feel hopeful. The washing machine is fixed, the car is back and working and I finally feel just about on top of my university work and teaching. All in all a good start to the weekend- if only the weather would start co-operating and this grey bank of clouds that surrounds my house would lift. But I’m resigned to the fact that I can’t have everything!

But we are focusing on the good things here people…

– having finished my planning for the next week

– good coffee on a Saturday morning

– hugs

– rediscovering books I haven’t read for a year or so in preparation for what looks like a very good film coming at the end of this month.

So I hope that each of your weekends is peaceful and fulfilling.

Lindy xxx

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