Friday 28 October 2011

One Book, Two Book, Three Book, Four... and Five (again!)

A while ago I made up a quick little meme which enabled bloggers to run through recent books of interest - and it rather caught on, with dozens of bloggers (including, rewardingly, many I'd never heard of) following suit.   It was such fun seeing snapshots of different people's reading and buying - and a nice easy post for bloggers to write!

So, guess what?  I fancy doing it again.  Do have a go yourself, if you like - whether or not you did it last time.  And if you do, pop a note in the comments so I can go over and have a gander!

1.) The book I'm currently reading:

The Rector's Daughter by F.M. Mayor - everyone and her husband seem to have read and loved this, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.  Will you all hate me if I say I'm not bowled over yet?

2.) The last book I finished:

Two is Lonely by Lynne Reid Banks - I re-read all three of the L-Shaped Room trilogy recently, in fact.  The first one is still brilliant - the other two not quite as good as I remembered.

3.) The next book I want to read:

Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth - to be honest, it's been my 'next book' for months, but somehow other things always slip in front of it.  That doesn't diminish how excited I am about reading Jenn's novel!

4.) The last book I bought:

Gentleman into Goose by Christopher Ward - yes, believe it or not Lady into Fox by David Garnett led to a spoof version!  Not many copies around, so had to get this shipped over from the US of A.

5.) The last book I was given:

The Magnificent Spinster by May Sarton - came courtesy of lovely Rachel/Book Snob, accompanied by threats if I didn't read it quick-smart.  And I didn't.  But I will...


  1. This is like LJ's Writer's Block i.e. saves you thinking of anything to write about. So I had a go.

  2. 1.Current - Turn of the Screw by Henry James
    2.Last - Realms of Gold by Leland Ryken
    3.Next Wanted - Daphne by Justine Picardie
    4.Last Bought - Greenery Street by Denis Mackail
    5.A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel

  3. Not bowled over by The Rector's Daughter?! Simon! You will be - just you wait.

    And PLEASE read the May Sarton soon. Though I know you won't, because you'll be revenging your copy of The Love Child, won't you?!

  4. Love it, again! And I played along, again! Thanks, Simon! I have read NONE of yours (although of course I've heard about some, certainly the Sarton). Look forward to your notes.

  5. I do love this meme Simon, probably because it is so infrequent if that makes sense.

    I have joined in this time, it comes at a good point as I was lacking on blog posts.

  6. Yay! I am so glad that Rachel passed along what I assume is the copy of The Magnificent Spinster that I sent her. (I am also gratified to know that she didn't leave it behind in the US.) Now you know two fabulous people who love that book. So what are you waiting for?

  7. Oh, I love this meme and am so happy to see it again! Obviously, I had to do it myself right away.

    I had similar problems with The Rector's Daughter and must admit to having abandoned it when my interest wasn't caught after the first fifty or sixty pages.

  8. Lovely. I've just done it myself here:
    I loved The Rector's Daughter. Do hope you persevere.

  9. I placed a hold on The Magnificent Spinster at my library ages ago...guess it has gone missing in the stacks. And The Rector's Daughter was part of that stack you lot pushed on me in that shop on Charing Cross had better be good, Simon!

  10. This is fun- I've done one here:

    Trying to get my blog posting on a roll again!

  11. Margaret @ BooksPlease30 October 2011 at 10:10

    I haven't read any of your books! I've played along too.

  12. I love this meme, I loved it last time and so naturally had to do it all over again with you this time.

    I will be interested to see how you get on with The Rectors Daughter, I bought that a while back as Susan Hill loves it so. I will have to pick it up so we can compare and contrast.

  13. Love the reviews on the Rector's Daughter. Sounds wonderful.

  14. Wow! This is really interesting! As usual I'm only just hearing about this. You have such good ideas!

  15. I haven't read any of those books, though I'd like to read The Rector's Daughter. My own post is here!

  16. This is a really great meme! Thanks for starting this. :-) I haven't heard of any of the books you list in your post. One day! ;-)

    I played along as well. :-)

  17. I love this idea & here's my list,
    I enjoyed Rector's Daughter but wasn't bowled over by it either. I used to love May Sarton until I read a biography of her! But, Magnificent Spinster is said to be her best novel so I hope you get to it soon.

  18. This is a great meme. Here's my contribution here.

  19. I love this idea.
    1. Current: Skippy Dies
    2. Last read: The House Next Door
    3. Next book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    4. Last Bought: Night Circus
    5. Book Received: The Birth of Venus

  20. This is a fantastic idea! I have of course run off and posted mine immediately!

  21. You've started a trend! I had to play along, too!

  22. Hi Simon thought I'd play along as well:

  23. I love this meme Simon : )Here's my answers:


  24. A little late to the party, but I couldn't resist! Haven't read any of the books in your post though a few have been on my TBR for longer than I like to admit :)

    I've played along as well, with my own eclectic list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Have done it too: (will go live at 5pm today but I will forget to come back here and leave the link so...)


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