This story focusses on a "domestique", one of the workhorses of professional road cycling who make it possible for the stars to do what they do. Having been a dedicated follower of the Tour de France for many years and the Tour Down Under since its inception, I loved being taken into the heart of the peloton, onto the team bus and getting a glimpse of the minutiae of the life. Equally interesting was the exploration of the bigger questions of ?
The story of the creation of the Veuve Cliquot champagne brand presented as a biography of the the woman who founded it, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Cliquot. I was interested in the information about the Champagne district and the origins of the modern drink, but there wasn't really enough information available to make it truly satisfying as a biography. Too much speculation about what B-N may or may not have been thinking.
1. Mostly physical books but some e-books (most of my romance reading is in e-book format)
2. My name is Carolyn, I am a bookshopaholic
5. Tagged book was the last one I picked up in the bookshop yesterday
1. Are you kidding? Have you met me? Here are the books I've bought in the last 24 hours.
2. I don't remember buying any bookish items, but I can't promise I haven't.
No, I prefer quiet when I read, but sometimes I read with the cricket on TV.
A cat named Leo who is 15 years old. He usually sits near me rather than on me when he isn't on my daughter's bed with her. He's not quite as playful as he was when he was a younger cat, but he is still easily spooked and very wary of people he doesn't know.
Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
Tagging my newest follower @JaneyWaneyB
Thanks for the tag @Eggs
Gratuitous photo of Leo in the garden
#BookReport Read and reviewed Catching Teller Crow and The Tin Can Tree. 33% through The Widow Cliquot. (the story of Veuve Cliquot champagne) and Shots on Goal (m/m hockey romance) Started The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead. No progress on my #ChunksterChallenge read
#WeeklyForecast Finish what I've started. Make a start on We Begin Our Ascent (my handbag book this week).
4 Summer prompts down, 2 to go.
A quietly heartbreaking study of grief, family obligation and small town stagnation. Not my favourite Anne Tyler but definitely worth reading.
Also, entirely fortuitously, features an #ObnoxiousCharacter (Ansel) #AuldLangReads
What an extraordinary book! So many themes of love, loss and resilience, not to mention an intriguing mystery, all in one short book. An excellent piece of YA #ozfiction
It covers both #YANovelbyaPoC and #FinishinaDay for #booked2020. Can I use it for both? Also #teenangst #authenticvoice for #BBRC
A beautifully written ugly story. I found it hard to be sympathetic to the narrator, but I was conscious that I have never had to negotiate such challenging issues of identity or social position (for which I am very grateful). Does this qualify as a banned book #booked2020?
#BookReport finished Sofia Khan is not Ok, Case Histories & this
#WeeklyForecast start The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead continue The Thirties for #chunkster2020 then?
#belowzer00s All my music in the 00s was albums, mostly these
I'm Wide Awake it's Morning & Casadaga - Bright Eyes
Rabbit Fur Coat & Acid Tongue - Jenny Lewis
White Blood Cells, Elephant & Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes
Is This It - The Strokes
Frank & Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
North - Elvis Costello
More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley
Hold Time - M Ward
Gaze - The Beautiful South
and the most played - Play School in the Car 😂😂😂
For me the noughties were mostly about young children, not only mine😂 But there was also time for some grown up stuff🙂 #belowzer00s
I've read the other Jackson Brodies but somehow I'd never read this - part of loving it was filling in some details on things that are alluded to in the later books. It's not about the "mysteries" (usually not very mysterious at all) they are about the people and especially about the way they are impacted by exploitation, violence and tragedy. I love the way the characters free associate - noticing something that triggers a thought or a memory?
Chicklit featuring a hijab wearing Muslim girl in London. It had its moments and it touched on some interesting cultural issues, but I'm afraid I found Sofia too annoying to ever get fully invested in the story.
And this is why unemployment benefits are essential part of a capitalist economy.
First part of #chunksterchallenge2020 completed. So far it's a fascinating and angering survey of the circumstances of the unemployed and under-employed and their families. It's particularly frustrating that so much of the thinking that prevailed at the time is still trotted out nearly 100 years later to justify the treatment of those out of work.
What a charmer this is - sweet, funny and touching. Frank could almost be a 10 year old version of Don Tillman from the Rosie Project if he was being brought up by a mother with her own difficulties in human interaction. Thoroughly enjoyable.
A very nicely observed, engaging story of the messy lives of a family of 4 daughters. I didn't find it particularly funny and I didn't always like the characters, but I did sympathise with them and shed a few tears along the way.
Happy New Year everyone!
I can't do #19in2019 because I didn't read 19 books that deserve to be included. Since we did the best 6 mid year I decided to do 12 for the year, so here they are. I've listed them in the order I read them. Interestingly, only the last three are from the second half of the year. The only other books that came close for me were The Dutch House and The Man Who Saw Everything. Oh, and the Willa Cathers (which I forgot 😳)
Paula, these pictures are SO lovely! I will have to get frames for them🙂 I will certainly use the notepad (I love elephants) and I can't wait to gobble up that Hokey Pokey. Thank you for your generosity, my friend.😘
Thank you Barbara for the kind words in your card and for such a splendid gift😘 I know what I will be reading for The Netherlands in the #ReadingEurope challenge 🙂 and the Gaugin notebook is beautiful.
Thank you so much Liz, I'm delighted with the book you selected and the chocolate looks beautiful (and in good condition🙂). Sorry again I didn't prevent you from taking the trouble to send it express post.
Also, my #LitsyLove #WinterSwap parcel from @Charmaine1972Ellis finally made it all the way from South Africa!
Charmaine, I was blown away all the delights in the parcel you sent! I thought it was supposed to be a low key swap, but you have been incredibly generous and really spoilt me with gifts. I love all of it! I think my favourite thing is the Zulu bracelet😍 Thank you so much my friend. I will write to you soon😘
I left home a week before Christmas and returned 3 days ago. Yesterday was too hot to leave the house so today was my first chance to get to the post office. I had so many parcels and cards! Many of them were from you lovely Littens so I'm about to clog up everyone's feeds with my thank you-s.
First, thank you for the #LitsyLove Christmas cards Kayla, Charmaine, Ryan, Cynthia, Christine and Misty
I really disliked this. It had an interesting premise but I never found any of it believable. I would have bailed if I hadn't been reading it for #LMPBC. Sorry #GroupZ
#BookReport Cricket watching and travelling has eaten into my reading time this week so I've only read this and the first 124 pages of The Most Fun We Ever Had (much more enjoyable)
#WeeklyForecast Finish The Most... and then, hmmm, not sure actually🤔 Something light I think.
My Christmas book haul.
Happy holidays everyone! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
Forgot to post this last night😳🙄 Thank you so much Nerissa, I am looking forward to reading this, I've heard lots of good things. And I love the card - very appropriate. #jolabokaflodswap
No trip to Adelaide is complete without a visit (or three) to the Central Market. You can just about anything there, including books.
#BookReport Read, enjoyed and reviewed The Wyndham Case, Me and Another Brooklyn, bailed on The Clasp. Also read a couple of Keira Andrews romances.
#WeeklyForecast Getting into The Most Fun We Ever Had, my #JolabokaflodSwap book from @Rissreads and whatever Father Christmas brings 😀🎄
I'm not exactly sure what to say about this. There's a lot to admire in the writing and in the insight into the world these girls lived in, but I never felt really connected to it. This probably says more about me than about the book. I'm certainly glad I read it. Thank you once again, Paula, for the opportunity.
Such an enjoyable read - for the mystery, the Cambridge setting and the delightful asides such as the one above. It's quite an old fashioned murder mystery, so much so that I was surprised to see it was first published in 1993. Thanks @PatriciaU - it was your review that made me add it to my TBR.
1. We were all too lazy to put up the big tree this year. The little tree is even sadder when I tell you it had been sitting on the dining room credenza since Midwinter Christmas.
2. Mostly in stores but sometimes on-line.
3. Last minute shopping 😂
4. Seasons greetings to all
Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😘
As usual I enjoyed visiting Three Pines very much. This one has a good mystery as well as some interesting developments in the ongoing story. I wonder how she will handle them going forward.
#BookReport Apart from bailing on The Arsonist, this was all I read this week - too much pre-Christmas socialising.
#WeeklyForecast Not sure what I'll pack. It's going to be stinking hot for a few days where I'll be so there should plenty of reading time.
Thank you so much, Cindy, for such a fabulous gift. 😘 I love the card, and your kind words, the bookmark is beautiful and I love having my own red string! I think I'll add the book to my stack for Christmas, I really want to read it soon. How lucky we are to be able to share books all around the world!
I have more unread books in my house than I could hope to read if I live to be 100, but I still can't walk past a book sale 😳🙄😬
I'm sorry, book group, I've tried but I just can't do it. I've made it to 100 pages and I am bored rigid. Any more and my brain will atrophy. I'm out.
I've stuck with books published between 2010 and 2019 and gone with the books I remember loving. Tomorrow I'll probably remember others that should have been included. Oh well. Thanks for starting this off @Cinfhen it's fun to see everyone's choices. Thanks for the tag @Centique