callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

Currently Reading …

My main read at the moment is Few Eggs and no Oranges the Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940 -45. I was delighted to pick this up for a pound at the market and looked forward to reading it. But I’m finding it really hard going! While still ploughing through it I’ve managed to read five other books. The best of these was Starter for Ten by David Nicholls. I loved the film and liked the book a lot, finding it funny and sad. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did One Day but that’s a good thing. It’s always rather sad when an author writes a brilliant debut novel and then disappoints. Improvement, that’s what we want.

I’ve read three of the books in this Agatha Christie omnibus, all for the first time. I liked A Murder is Announced best, because of all the clues in it and the way Miss Marple is in on the action from quite early on. As with Miss Silver, I don’t like her to appear suddenly at the end of the story and solve the mystery where the Met’s finest have failed.

Then there’s Debbie Macomber. In my opinion, best selling Ms Macomber can’t write for toffee. What she can do is tell a story, in a rather plodding way, and I find it hard to resist chicklit which is focused on knitting. The first in the series I’m reading on and off is The Shop on Blossom Street. The main character, Lydia, now free of cancer, opens a yarn store on Blossom Street and soon gets involved in the lives of a group of women who all have Problems. It’s wonderful how knitting sorts them out. A Good Yarn goes even further, with pretentious philosophical quotes from famous knitters heading up each chapter. There’s even a complete Nancy Bush sock pattern! The formula is the same as in the first book: each character has a story and each is helped by knitting. I am never, ever going to knit socks on two circular needles; give me four dpns every time. I do rather like reading about people knitting, though, so in spite of my criticisms I’m about to start Wednesdays at Four. Confusingly, some of Macomber’s books have different titles here and in the States. For instance, I liked the sound of Susannah’s Garden, only to find that it was Old Boyfriends, which I’d already read.

On the Kindle I’m reading Berry & Co. by Dornford Yates. Yes I’ve read it before and yes, I have a hard copy but it was a free download and the stories are exactly the right length for bedtime reading. Kindle update soon.
Tags: agatha christie, david nicholls, debbie macomber, dornford yates, knitting, vere hodgson

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