Friday, January 28, 2011

A Break

This post is long overdue! I have to take a blogging break for now. I'm eight and a half months pregnant and due to give birth in early February. Lately, I haven't felt like writing any reviews and my reading has also slowed down. I don't know if I'll manage to blog regularly in the coming months but I know I'll definitely pop by now and then if I read a wonderful book and I hope to be back to regular blogging before the middle of the year.

This month, I wanted to read easy yet engaging books so I picked up The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent and The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. I was hoping to find another book similar to The Help by Kathryn Stockett, something light but riveting. I must say that I didn't enjoy the flowery prose of both these books and abandoned them quite early on. I'm surprised that they got excellent reviews in Amazon.


My best books this month have been The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing which I reviewed in my last post and The City and The City by China Mieville which was quite spectacular in a way. I was pleasantly surprised with the scope of Mieville's imagination and highly recommend it even if you're not a fantasy fan. The idea of two cities inhabiting the same space is just mind boggling but somehow it was so easy to suspend disbelief. This would make a great film and I do wonder if the film rights have been snatched up yet.




Yesterday, I started rereading Dorothy Sayers' Strong Poison which is exactly what I feel like right now. Easy yet engaging.

I'd love to hear more recommendations from all of you to tide me over the coming weeks and months so please drop me a line anytime. For now, see you all very soon!

18 comments:

  1. Lyn and I hope all is well with you-let me know when you are ready for another book swap

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  2. Kudos to you and the baby, Mrs. B! Will look forward to when you can come back to the blogging scene.

    For light and engaging reads when pregnant (and directly after), I'd recommend classic children's or YA books, like Wind in the Willows. Oh, or the entire Anne of Green Gables series! Those are such fun.:)

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  3. Hello! It's nice to see you pop in - I hope your pregnancy is going ok!

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  4. Mrs B, enjoy your break and the new baby. Hope the birth goes well and that you have a beautiful healthy and happy baby to enjoy very soon!

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  5. Good luck for the eternal final weeks! I love Dorothy Sayers and have just re-read the Whimsey-Vane novels (you should also read the sequels by Jill Paton-Walsh, they're just as good). As for post-natal literature, you'll want something with short, self-contained chapters. Try Julia Stuart (title escapes me, she's only written one. About a French hairdresser who becomes a matchmaker: of course, it's called the Matchmaker of Perigord). Lots of love, Annick.

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  6. Best wishes to you and the baby to be!

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  7. I hope you are feeling well. Good luck to you and I hope that it all goes smoothly. I look forward to reading your blog when you return :-)

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  8. Hope all goes well! when I was pregnant I only read pregnancy books and then baby books when my son arrived (I was obsessed)

    I read the twilight books during the night feeds as it was about the level of reading I could cope with so, I re-read the diary of adrian mole (the first one) which was perfect as well.

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  9. Make sure you pop back with some photos once you become a mum :-)

    Good luck!

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  10. Very best of luck, and I hope you have Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night around to read when Strong Poison is over!

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  11. That is so exciting! You'll have less time to read and blog for sure but it'll be so worth it. Wish you well..

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  12. Congratulations, Mrs. B!
    My reading-after-baby advice is counterintuitive: go long! When my eldest was born I was reading Dorothy Dunnett's magnificent "Game of Kings" series. Such terrific, absorbing historical fiction with the World's Best Hero. I actually rather looked forward to being awakened in the night so I could sneak another chapter.
    We'll see you in a bit...

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  13. Best of luck as you finish up your pregnancy, Mrs. B! My only advice for baby-time reading is keep it positive -- getting used to a new little life in the house can be exhausting, so reading should be a pleasure :-)

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  14. Good luck to you! I know you'll have an excellent break away from blogging. :-)

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  15. Have a nice break, and what could be better than to expect a sweet wee one? Those are happy, happy days. Hope you're feeling strong, many blessings, B.

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  16. Oops guess I found your blog a little late! Congrats and best of luck!

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  17. Congrats on your baby! Enjoy your time as a new mother and hope the little one is kind enough to give you a little break to read. :-)

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