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Weekly Monday Round-up (October 31, 2016)

To those of you who celebrate it:

Happy Halloween! 


I'm writing a Halloween post that I plan to post later today, about how it is celebrated in a country where it has only recently taken hold.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date and is "a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week."

Visit the Book Date to see what various other book bloggers have been up to in the past week.


Books I  finished reading last week:
I only finished two books last week, but began reading two more and made some progress on a further two I began reading some time ago. I expect to finish at least one of them this week.
Both books were rereads, or rather I reread one and listened to an audio book of the other - which I had previously read - for the first time.

  • A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh. This was the first Regency romance novel I read that deviated from the mildly sensuous kisses-only formula of these novels, in that there were quite a number of (non-explicit) sex scenes in it, although all but one of them are quite unsexy. This is due to the fact that the heroine is a prostitute and all but that one sexual encounter between her and the hero are more in the way of being business transactions than lovemaking. Intrigued? Read it if you want to find out more.
  • The audio book was The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie, which I first read way back in 2005. This was in an unabridged audio book version, read quite competently by Hugh Fraser. Here's the review I wrote back then.

I acquired 5 book last week.
One was the prize from the It's Monday, What Are you Reading prize drawing on October 17.
I chose this book:
It was immediately commandeered by my mother. I expect to retrieve it from her later this week, that is if she doesn't decide to take it with her on her trip to Washngton D.C. on Thursday.








I also bought:


More about them later in the week.

Other stuff:
On Wednesday I registered on Reddit - where I have been lurking for several months - to be able to reply to an AskReddit discussion that I wanted to participate in. I then found myself sucked into the boards and surfaced, slightly out of breath, on Friday and decided to take a break over the weekend.

I can definitely see myself becoming an active participant.

If you have any subreddits you can recommend - especially ones related to books and reading - please leave a comment and tell me about it.

Comments

Beth F said…
Nice batch of acquired books ... have fun with the guitar! I have avoided Reddit mostly so no advice there. I need to hold myself back from yet more social media sites.
Greg said…
Ooh I'm very interested in your post on Halloween, I'll have to come back and check it out. Hope you have a great Halloween there! Agatha Christie seems like a good pick for this time of year. And I've just discovered a few Reddit boards myself but haven't jumped in enough yet...

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