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November 2014 Reading Round-Up

Some have their Christmas decorations up already. It’s the earliest I’ve seen them up and can’t but wonder whether it’s due, at least in part, to the fact the weather was mild for so long that it wasn’t feeling like Christmas and thus steps had to be taken. I’ve only two books here but I’m glad (and relieved) to say I’ve three on the go that I hope to finish before January.

The Books

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Suzannah Lipscomb: A Visitor’s Companion To Tudor England – A glimpse of 50 Tudor-related buildings and places. Good, but a bit limited.


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Diane Setterfield: Bellman & Black – Aged ten, William Bellman killed a rook with his catapult, and whilst he regretted doing so before the stone made the target, his life remains tortured. Not bad, if unclear.

With only two books to choose from it’s hard to speak of favourites. I liked both, but didn’t love them.

Quotation Report

None this time.

Snow is (not) falling all around (us) but children are playing and having fun. It’s strange to think that the new year will be upon us when I write December’s round up.

What was your favourite book this month (or week if you round-up each week)?



December 1, 2014, 6:30 pm

I think my family will be putting their decorations up soon, any time before Dec 1st just doesn’t feel right.

Sorry to hear neither of these books were amazing, but I’m glad they were enjoyable nonetheless.

I’m not sure what my favourite book was last month, I read such a lot of good ones. Maybe the Tamir Triad books, for the escapism.


December 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

I can’t believe it’s December already. This year has just flown by for me! I had more books on the go in November so finished less like you. My favourite read would have to be Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett. I wish you happy reading in December.

Freda Mans

December 2, 2014, 12:13 am

I don’t do Christmas before Dec 1st… it just seems wrong to me.
I heard Bellman & Black was good somewhere else too… might look into it.
Happy December reading!

vicki (skiourophile)

December 3, 2014, 5:51 am

I feel like November was a pretty slow reading month – you know when you get bogged down in one book and it starts sapping your spirit… yeah. However I did read a couple of modern spy thrillers (Charles Cumming) that were OK, and one extremely silly Cold War thriller (The Second Lady – Wallace Irvine) which improved my reading mood.


December 8, 2014, 3:52 pm

Alice: It does feel odd. I wonder if this’ll be a one year thing or if decorating will start to move the way of the shops. Glad you liked your books; I can understand why the escapism would take precedent!

Jessica: Nor me. I’ve actually now stopped feeling Christmasy. It’s a strange year. Glad you liked Equal Rites and whilst I’ve not read many more myself, there’s fun ahead! You, too, Jessica, hope you get good reading time :)

Freda: It’s certainly strange! It’s a good book overall, though I reckon it does depend in part on whether you’ve read The Thirteenth Tale. You too, happy reading!

Vicki: Yes! That’s me and Nicholas Nickleby right now. A silly thriller sounds both fun and weird, almost.



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