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Reading Report for October 2016

I finished 13 books in October, of which 5 were rereads. 8 were fiction in 5 genres and 5 were non-fiction in the same number of genres.

The stand-outs were  Not on the Label and Dragonology, the former because it is a very thought-provoking book and the latter because of its gorgeous design. I also enjoyed getting reacquainted with Charlotte MacLeod's writing - I had forgotten how good she is at writing funny characters.

The Book of General Ignorance was like having Stephen Fry speaking in my head throughout the reading.

The Mystery of Swordfish Reef turned out to be one of Upfield's more far-fetched mysteries and I got the feeling he had got to thoroughly hate his detective by the time this book was written.

Rereads: 


  • A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh. Regency romance. 
  • The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. Murder mystery. Audiobook.
  • Appleby's End by  Michael Innes. Mystery. 
  • Whose Body? and The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers. Murder mystery. 

 First-time reads:
  • Rhine Valley From Cologne to Mainz by Berlitz Guides. Guide book (charmingly outdated).
  • The Boy's Book of Survival by Guy Campbell (text) & Simon Ecob (illustrations. Self-help manual.
  • Ride Like Hell and You'll Get There: Detours into Mayhem by Paul Carter. Memoir.
  • Not On the Label: What really goes into the food on your plate by Felicity Lawrence. Expose of the food industry and food retail industry.
  • The Book of General Ignorance by John & John Mitchinson Lloyd. Trivia.
  • The Odd Job by Charlotte MacLeod. Murder mystey.
  • Dragonology by Dugald A. Steer. Cryptozoology.
  • The Mystery of Swordfish Reef by Arthur Upfield. Murder mystery.

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