100 Day Project, Day 24: Books – April Finished Reads

There were two things I really got into this month. One happened when Fionnuala started reading The Belgariad series by David Eddings to herself and one night I read a chapter to her aloud. As far as my children go she is probably the least into reading – usually she is just too busy to be able to sit down for a long period of time and devote her entire day to a book (also she doesn’t want me to read to her anymore). She still reads though and reads well so it isn’t a big deal. But I was pleased when she picked up this series, it is definitely a good one for her age and her temperament. Probably considered wholesome by today’s standards I’m really okay with that as reading material for my 9-year old. This is the Mister’s favourite series from when he was younger and so I read it years ago but hadn’t picked it up since. I’m currently on the fifth book in The Belgariad and then there are another five books in the continuing saga.

The other thing I stumbled across were the books of Scottish author Josephine Tey who wrote after World War I and, in relation, a newer historical mystery series written by Nicola Upson with Josephine Tey as the main character. If that sounds confusing that is because it is a bit.

I read Tey’s A Shilling for Candles last month and this month read The Franchise Affair which I think was one of the best books I have read so far this year. It was one of those books with observations so astute that I kept reading bits out to the Mister (whether he enjoyed me doing that or not I don’t even know.) I enjoyed it so much I would like to get my hands on a physical copy if I can find one – especially since Moira wants to read it as well.

I also read the first two of Nicola Upson’s Josephine Tey Mysteries An Expert in Murder and Angel with Two Faces. These books I can only get via the library ebook app so I have been waiting for more Upson and Tey books to become available all month. I’m rather particular in that I like to read things in order and so I wait. I honestly hate having my face shoved into my phone to read a book – I worry that the girls will think I’m on my phone ALL THE TIME but it really is a convenient way to get books out of the library because I certainly can’t buy every book I ever have an interest in reading. (Also great for days at the hospital since carrying things is hard for me.) I think one of the things I miss most about this whole isolation is not going to the library (which means I obviously have it pretty good).

Current reads include The Order of the Phoenix to Oonagh which we are powering through. Still sloooowly working on War and Peace although it has been mostly on hold since it is heavy and I got sucked into The Belgariad fantasy series.

What are you reading right now?

(These current blog posts are part of my #100dayproject and are written quickly and posted without significant editing. They are what they are, mistakes and all. Much like me.)

  6 Replies to “100 Day Project, Day 24: Books – April Finished Reads”

  1. Krista
    April 30, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Currently rereading the Chronicles of Narnia… first time reading it as an adult. I’m on Prince Caspian now and have no memory of it. Also, every time I read something about Aslan, I think “yep, he’s Jesus”. Totally went over my head as a kid. ‍♀️ Still a good adventure series though. I hope my kids will read it too.

    • Krista
      April 30, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      (That emoji was meant to be a shrug.) 🙂

    • May 1, 2020 at 9:16 am

      I couldn’t get into the Chronicles of Narnia as a kid, I don’t know why. So I’ve never read it as an adult either. It definitely feels like one of those series I SHOULD read but have never gotten around to.

  2. Johanna
    May 1, 2020 at 4:24 am

    David Eddings was one of my first fantasy authors as a teen. Anne McCaffery was my other major author of that time in my life. I have just been rereading her tower series starting with a book of short stories entitled “To Ride Pegasus” . I still have books from both authors that I purchased as a teen .

    • May 1, 2020 at 9:15 am

      I was never really into fantasy except the Dark is Rising sequence which was given to me as a gift one Christmas. I re-read it a couple years ago as a read aloud to Moira and it was still enjoyable. Have you read it? Very much based on Arthurian legends. I would kind of like to re-read it again to Oonagh but we are committed to finishing Harry Potter this year.

  3. May 5, 2020 at 9:12 am

    We are finishing reading Alice in Wonderland en famille—and I have finally purchased all the Austin books (I read library copies last year but the yearning for my own became impossible to ignore, AND they’re kids books and all about $12 anyway, so I’m basically MAKING MONEY by buying these*) so will embark upon a family readathon of all five, I REALLY want to visit The Young Unicorns again. These are good books for uncertain times *Some people wonder at my grasp of economics, but what do they know…

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