Reading Down My TBR Pile – Week 7

Week 7 already!

Admittedly I’ve not been great at not buying books in these past 7 weeks so I’m not sure I’ve done such a great job of reading down the TBR pile as I might otherwise have done.  But I’ve read several books that have been languishing unread for years and seem to be doing better at buying books and then reading them soon as opposed to shoving them on the shelf and looking at them thinking “I should really read that…” for months and years.

I bought three books this week (well, two but one was in a pack with a second shorter book for free) and read two of them on the day I got them. I’ve yet to start the third.

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper by David Levithanpaperback, 200 pages on TBR for 1 week

This is a companion book to Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  It’s basically the script to the musical that Tiny writes and produced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  It’s laid out in script from and so although it’s 200 pages long it’s actually much shorter in many ways.  This was a weird one because I liked reading it but I really wasn’t sure what the point of it was and it felt like a bit of a cop out of a book – written because it would sell rather than to tell more of the story of Tiny Cooper and develop him as a character.  And yes, I know that’s harsh of me.

The Stolen Weekend by Fern Britton paperback 65 pages, bought and read on the same day

The Stolen Weekend was free when I bought Fern’s new book.  It’s basically a short story (I think at 65 pages it’s too short to call it a novella) and it’s cute and fun and a quick read.  Often when I read short stories like this I’m left feeling a bit short changed and as though they were rushed.  This was perfectly paced and just the right length so I was pleased. This was the first book by Fern Britton I read and judging by it I should enjoy more by her.

Appleby Farm: Part 4 – Love is In The Air by Cathy Bramleyebook, 110 pages, bought and read on the same day (publication day!)

After I read part three of Appleby Farm last month I felt a bit like there wasn’t going to be any point of me reading part 4. I was convinced I knew what the key moments were going to be in part 4 and I didn’t know if I wanted to spend another 99p to get the next installment.  Well, I did buy it and I did read it and I loved it.  I was surprised by the ending and the big angsty fight I’d be expecting to dominate didn’t happen. That wasn’t disappointing, it was good.

I’ve enjoyed Cathy Bramley’s books having read all three of them.  Ivy Lane was also released in 4 parts but I waited until it was out as a whole book (I received a review copy of it in that form) and read it in one go on one day.  I enjoyed reading Appleby Farm in parts but I think I preferred the whole book way I read Ivy Lane.  That said I enjoy Cathy’s style so much I’m not sure I’ll have the will power to avoid the parts of her next book and wait for it to come out as a whole.

The Love Shack by Jane Costello paperback, 484 pages, on TBR for 1 week.

I read almost all of this on the trains to and from Birmingham last weekend and then lay in bed this morning and read the last 100 or so pages.

Jane Costello was one of the authors at the blogger event I went to in March and I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard her read an extract.  It was a fun book that made me laugh in places and kept me smiling.  I really enjoyed so many of the characters and it’s the best book I’ve read for weeks.  Again, I thought I knew pretty soon into the book what one of the key points of the ending would be but ended up being really surprised and loving it more because of that.

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