1:0

Dec. 11th, 2006 11:59 pm
Read:
Three Act Tragedy - Agatha Christie - still working through the Crime Club editions.

Bought:
None.

1:0

Dec. 10th, 2006 11:41 pm
Read:
Three Act Tragedy - Agatha Christie - another of the Crime Club series
3 exam scripts - only, this time, I'm moderating them, so there are only 33 and not 600. The down side is that I didn't set the questions, so I have to read the whole thing more carefully, and I have to check the entire exam script, not just 2 questions. But it's not for much longer - a couple more days and I should have seen the last of the November 06 exams.

Bought:
None.

But we did buy bookshelves; the garage->library project is nearing completion at last. We have all the shelves in place (just about. Some minor tweaking needed, but at last we actually have all the shelving and it's on the walls). Next weekend is Project Retrieve Books From Storage ... and hope they all fit in the place.

And now I want one of these and one of these. The latter is rather more likely to appear sometime soon in the house.
Ok, getting back from Seattle and straight into work has meant a bit of a posting hiatus - although not entirely a reading hiatus

Read:
Second Nature - Michael Pollan. Brilliant, fascinating.
Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie. Another of the Crime Club reprints
Some trashy romance novel, title forgotten, disposed of when finished - tired and braindead but wanted to read. Fit the bill perfectly.
184 exam scripts - and another 200 or so to finish this weekend. Urgh. But then it'll be over until May.

Bought:
Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie
The Big Four - Agatha Christie
Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie - another 3 for 2 collection of reprints (no, I'm not obsessed with Ms Christie; the books are very readable, and I really like the reprints - the fonts and design and so on - so I'm collecting the titles I don't already have. Crime novels in general, yes, those I do like!)
Running Diet
Run Fit - both because I need to get back to running; and, of course, the first step to doing something is to read about it ...

2:5

Nov. 22nd, 2006 11:59 pm
Read:
The Debutante Divorcee - Plum Sykes. Airport novel par excellence; acquired at Borders, Heathrow Terminal 4, read and left for the cleaners ... fun, frothy, definitely bubble gum fiction
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie. Another in the Crime Club-type reprints, and one of Agatha Christie's more interesting novels.
High Life magazine - BA's inflight magazine. I was bored and couldn't get to my bag ...

Bought:
The Debutante Divorcee - Plum Sykes
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Strata - Terry Pratchett

10 hour flight to Seattle - and a Borders at Heathrow - so plenty of books, although sleep and difficulties in getting to my carry-on bag meant I only read two of them. Now settled in for Thanksgiving!

3:0

Nov. 17th, 2006 11:34 pm
Read:
French Women For All Seasons - Mireille Guiliano - finished from yesterday
Unity Mitford: A Quest - David Pryce-Jones - I find the Mitfords fascinating, particularly Nancy and Decca, and seem to be accumulating something of a collection of books by and about them. Unity is possible the most extreme variant of the Mitfords, and the historical aspects of this book add another layer of fascination: details of the appeasement movement etc in the 1930's (my 20th century history knowledge is decidedly patchy)
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie - to wind down with this evening

Bought:
None. It does happen, sometimes.

Running:
Also none, but I signed up for the London Triathlon today, so that had better change rather quickly.

3:2

Nov. 16th, 2006 11:44 pm
Read:
Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie (finished from yesterday)
A War Bride's Guide to the USA - Good Housekeeping - another reprint from the 40s; I like the typeface, and the general sense of history with books like these. "Only people with incomes of $5,000 (about £1,250) or more can afford a full-time maid". I'm not quite sure what I was more startled by; the salary needed for a maid, or the $/£ exchange rate.
French Women For All Seasons - Mireille Guiliano - her previous book (French Women Don't Get Fat) amused me, so I picked this one up (the discounted price in Waterstone's didn't hurt). So far, amusing, and the recipes look interesting.

Bought:
A War Bride's Guide to the USA - Good Housekeeping
French Women For All Seasons - Mireille Guiliano

I rather overestimated how much of the Agatha Christie I had left to read, so went hunting for reading material at lunchtime. Didn't intend to buy two ... but so it goes.

2:3

Nov. 15th, 2006 09:26 pm
Read:
Waiting for Nick - Nora Roberts - not feeling too well, so undemanding comfort reading was called for. I've always had a soft spot for Nora Roberts' family sagas: they may not set the literary world alight, but she makes me want to meet the characters
Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie - HarperCollins is re-publishing the Crime Club editions of Agatha Christie's novels, and I can't resist them (they're facsimiles - original typeface and all. They're gorgeous to look at).

Bought:
Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie
Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

Waterstones had a 3 for 2 offer on - hence the collection.

I also read some of Employee Remuneration Schemes by ??? at work, but I don't think I'm going to count work-related reading. Too dull, and too hard to define. For example, should I include Simon's Direct Taxes on LexisNexis?

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