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100 book challenge – Books 6-10

February 9, 2010


We’re in the 2nd week of February now and I’m up to book 13. I’m pretty pleased with how things are going so far. I wanted to get a bit ahead of myself as I know I won’t have time to read as much soon when I really get going on my dissertation.

So, what have I been reading since the last post?

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I love Louise Bagshawe (and her sister Tilly Bagshawe)’s books. She’s been described as a young Jackie Collins which is right up my street! Her earlier books weren’t that great but she has got better & better. I loved this ‘Cinderella’ type story which made me laugh out loud. Always a good sign.
I’m around 5 years later reading this. I remember all the furore over it when it first came out but had no inclination to read it at the time. When I saw it though in Waterstones a few weeks ago though I thought why not! I’m so glad I bought it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I found it a bit hard going to start with but by about page 50 I was well into it. I stayed up stupidly late to finish and sat there for a while afterwards very upset at the ending. The way everything is revealed is brilliant and heart breaking. I’d recommend this to everyone!

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After We need to talk about Kevin I needed something light hearted which was easy to read. This was a good choice then! I love the Chris Moyles show and listen every day. This book was fine if you’re a fan – Chris’s journey to Radio 1, a bit about the rest of the Team. It’s not Shakespeare obviously but it is, well, fine. A very easy read requiring little concentration. From these vacuous ramblings I moved to….

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 Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own

I am not good at literary books like this. Some parts I loved, some I didn’t understand what on earth she was saying. I tried, I really did but reading the 112 pages took me days and days – I just wasnt that interested. I have to say I’m worried about choosing a ‘classic’ to read in each group of 5. I really hope that I get into the right mind set.

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 Polly Williams – The Egg Race

Another chick lit book (sorry!). This was pretty good, not fabulous. About older women getting married & wanting babies. Nicely entertaining but I wouldn’t run across hot coals to read it.  

So, onwards towards my next 5. I may have made a bit of a boo boo. I was looking at autobiographies & biographies in the library & the only one I wanted to read was Chairman Mao’s biography. Over 800 pages, oh dear.  I may have slowed myself down somewhat! 

On the upside my collection of books to read has greatly expanded. Thanks goodness for charity shops! I got 6 books for £3, including Lolita which I’ve been wanting to read for ages! Result! 


4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2010 8:20 pm

    Good mix of books. Looking forward to the next lot.

  2. winstonsdad permalink
    February 13, 2010 12:34 am


    • notsuchayummymummy permalink*
      February 13, 2010 12:44 am

      Thanks! Proving tough this week. I’m reading Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything and a biography of Chairman Mao!

  3. February 18, 2010 8:41 pm

    Hey Emma!
    You’re doing great with the books. I’m on 11 now. It’s harder than I thought. I feel bad looking at how many blogs you have posted since I was away for a week. I need to get on it!
    I got a long e mail from Helen the other day. She seems overwhelmingly happy. I’m so glad for her.


    P.S The pancake pics of Sam are well cute and the pancakes look totally yummy!!

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