Jul. 6th, 2017

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Since removing "Read more and widely" from my goals from the year, I seem to have slipped in the amount I've read.  This is partly because I no longer feel obliged to keep up with my goals, but also because the last few books I've read haven't been of the 'I'll just finish the chapter, ooh look, it ended on a cliffhanger, need to know what happens next' type.  Hopefully this will improve now, because I'm also behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, which is Not Good.

A Brief History of Norway by John Midgaard

I knew very little about Norway's history and the subject itself was interesting, but the book was originally published in 1963, and my edition dated from 1982.  It read like a dry school textbook from my school days.  The best part was having read about the Vikings and then visiting the Museum in York and seeing some of their artefacts.

You have breath for no more than 99 words.  What would they be?  collected by Liz Gray

The idea behind this book is very interesting.  What would you say if you only had 99 words (at most) to say it?  Some of the contributors were profound, others much less so.  I read it prior to beginning one of my Twelve Challenges, which I've recently started: Ninety-nine Words and which I will be continuing throughout this month.  I suspect I may get more from putting the words in my characters' mouths than I did from some of the entries.

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Book 8 of the Temeraire series, and for me a real disappointment.  I found it dragged and I missed the interaction with the officers and dragons who had been such a major part of previous books.  Not only that, but whereas in earlier books my competency kink was very satisfied, here Lawrence and Temeraire were forever battling incompetence.  There is one book left of the series.  I had originally anticipated finishing the series this summer, but it looks more like sometime this autumn.


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