Not entirely sure what I ‘should’ be doing anymore, but here’s some books.
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The High Window and Playback by Raymond Chandler and Best
‘Thinking Machine’ Detective Stories by Jacques Futrelle.

Three bargains from the 50p shelves at Scarthin Books. I’ve read ‘the problem of Cell 13’ story by Futrelle and am savouring the knowledge that I have two unread Chandlers on my shelves waiting to be read.

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I finished Hotel Luc by Anita Brookner this weekend, a book I’d forgotten I had bought until I had to empty and then refill all the bookshelves after decorating, and have just started The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht on recommendation (often a gamble).

I’ve also tried to get back to going to the library regularly, primarily to keep pace with children’s avid reading, so Lemony Snickett’s have been through the house, several Horrible Histories and a great book on Heath Robinson, perfect for the child who fills your recycling bin with masses of paper of inventions. Have also had out books on Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper and Turner.

Early on in my blogging career, I was reading Oliver Twist and there was a couple of sentences that really made me chuckle early on. I then couldn’t find it, but I’ve gone back tonight and found it:

“… the young woman burst into another fit of crying, and got so dreadfully hysterical, that a couple of women who came up at the moment asked a butcher’s boy with a shiny head of suet, who was also looking on, whether he didn’t think he had better run for the doctor. To which, the butcher’s boy: who appeared of a lounging, not to say insolent disposition: replied, that he thought not.”

Respect to the Butcher’s boy!

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First limerick of 2012

January 2, 2012

To my stocking I turn with glee
For the annual book of Hegley
But through the seasonal fogs
There were no poems of dogs
So I had to make do with Tim Key.

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Penguin Modern Classics George Orwell Diaries was a book I really enjoyed reading this summer. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste as a summer read, I became absorbed in his garden entries, shopping lists and to do lists. The blitz also features and we pulled out some excerpts for H’s blitz topic – 20.3.41, 17.4.41 and onion rationing in 22.1.41. Why mention the book now? Well I found a picture of Sean Penn looking like Orwell:

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I thought I’d seen him in another life:

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(p.s. My book year starts in June. Come back next year for book of the year)

Reading Dickens’s Oliver Twist and fiddling around with this.

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