Monthly Archives: January 2013

His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

His Last Bow, by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleAnd for our next group read:
His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is a spy story and one of the last outings for Holmes and Watson.  It is in a collection of 7 (or 8) short stories, you can read them all or just the title story – your choice.

There are copies in lots of our libraries and if you need to reserve one there will be no charges made for this service.

So grab yourself a copy and perhaps comment as you are reading, rather than waiting until you have finished it.

“There’s an east wind coming, Watson.”
“I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.”
“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.”

A patriotic passage from the story which has often been quoted.

Reading anything good?

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An author you have just discovered?

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What shall we read next?

latest trainWe could celebrate the birth of the London Underground – 150 years on 9 January – by reading a book set on the Bakerloo line?  

253 by Geoff Ryman is a novel about 252 passengers and 1 driver during a journey from Embankment to Elephant and Castle. Their personal histories, thoughts about themselves and other passengers are described on one page for each character. Perfect to dip into when on the tube or the bus. 

Anyone have any other ideas?

2012 – A Year in Review

Its the New Year and perfect timing to start keeping a record of everything you read during the year. This blog is another place to find recommended books with reviews – definitely worth checking out.

Reflections of a Book Addict

fireworksAnd with it being  January 1st, 2013 we can officially end 2012 and all its reading goals.  I’m very happy to say that I have succeeded in reading my 110 books for the year and exceeded that goal by a whopping 74 books!  With the success of this year I’ll up my reading goal again for 2013.  Keep an eye out for my annual New Year, New Challenges post for a breakdown of what I’m looking to accomplish.

2012 has definitely been a year of eclectic reading for me.  It’s difficult to pick my favorite books of the year since I read so many, but here is my best go:

  1. The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
  2. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
  3. Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
  4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  5. The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  6. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

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