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2017 – WHOLE year without buying books


Who killed Sherlock Holmes?

Good and Bad News…

Good Afternoon Readers,

it is 20 full days into the year of 2017 and I haven’t bought any books. So far, so good you might say, well yes! In the sense that this isn’t feeling like a massive taste anymore, I am enjoying reading, I am enjoying listening and I an enjoying talking about books.

It turns out I’m drinking a lot of tea, walking a lot of miles and feeling productive with my time, especially as I am writing to you. I have physically read 5 books this year, I have listened to a full one and am a good chunk through a second. I am losing weight, gaining confidence and starting to believe in myself a little bit more.  So that’s 80% of the good news, the major thing is that today I WENT INTO A BOOK SHOP. I went into a shop thats sells books and I didn’t buy one. I bought a notebook for a bootcamp I have tomorrow and I bought a late secret santa present but I passed the test. I didn’t buy a book. So when it comes to book-feelings, I feel pretty good.

Mostly… Remember how I told you, I made a mistake in my last minute shopping on NYE,  well I have noticed another one. ‘Who Killed Sherlock Holmes’ by Paul Cornell is in fact the third one in the Shadow Police Series and you guessed it, I haven’t got or read the first two. As such I’m really struggling to get into it, and so it has become the first casualty of the year. I am putting it aside and will try again later, right now I am taking a break from fiction and am going to read ‘The Road to Little Dribbling’ by Bill Bryson. This was a Christmas present from a housemate (who is obvious well aware of the challenge I am currently undertaking) and as they are reading it also I thought now is a good time to get into it so we can talk about it together.                                                                 images

Just keeping you in the loop, dear reader. Happy Reading.


I made a grave error…

So remember I told you I did some last minute shopping on New Year’s Eve and bought some books… well it turns out I did a semi-terrible job. Yes all 7 books arrived (and 1 is pre-ordered for May), 2 are illustrated and this makes me happy but I managed to buy a children’s book, ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ by Neil Gaiman, (review probably later today). Although I have no problem with reading Children’s books, it’s more it is not quite what I was expecting and most significantly I thought I bought the ‘Unhman’ series by Wilkie Martin.

I nearly did. I managed in my haste to buy book 1 ‘Inspector Hobbes and the Blood’, Book 3 ‘Inspector Hobbes and the Gold Diggers’ and Book 4 ‘Inspector Hobbes and the Bones’. That’s right , I’m that good, I managed to not buy book 2. I’m annoyed at myself, for the carelessness and that if I like the series I have to wait to get this as a gift or borrow if from somebody to read it – still leaving that hole on the bookshelf for when I am allowed to buy it because it is ever so sad to have a book missing from a series.

That’s todays news and although some of it leaves me a little sad, I HAVE NEW BOOKS (aren’t they beautiful?). Happy Reading!!





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