The third Free Pick – Raisins and Almonds to celebrate a premiere :)

On Tuesday, while I was wiling away the time between the end of my class and starting work I finished Code Noir by Marianne De Pierres (review to follow after I’ve finished the one for The Night Circus), and even before I was done I knew what  my next free pick would be: Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood.

Raisins and Almonds is the 9th book in the Phryne Fisher Mysteries (out of 18 so far) and I was excited to read it for a couple of reasons:

  1. Its been a while since I’ve read a Phryne book (I read the 8th book, Urn Burial February last year so its been a year! O.O) so I’ve been missing her detective antics and fabulous outfits 🙂 and;
  2. I’ve been in a Phryne mood because the premiere of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (which I talked about in my Top 10 Books I Would Like To See Adapted For The Screen post) has been approaching, and is tonight at 8.30 (eeeee! :D)!!

Even though I chose the book Tuesday night I haven’t started it yet, being so caught up in the other books I’m reading, so I’m looking forward to starting it tonight after the premiere, and then it will most likely accompany me on the bus next week 🙂

The end of February is fast approaching  so this will probably be my last Free Pick February book as I am not near the end of any of my current reads, and I will revert back to my usual eeny meeny miny moe process of elimination for March.

Also I will be closing my latest poll early next week so I can begin work on the Top 10 lists, and with one theme currently on 2 votes and the other on nil, it looks like the chosen theme will be Top 10 Heroes and Top 10 Villains.

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend and Happy Reading!

 

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The second Free Pick – top of the list Classic

This afternoon I finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (let me just say – AMAZING! I was so into the ending that I got off the bus and sat on the bus stop bench to finish 🙂 I will write a review soon, but as I loved this book so much I don’t want to rush it).

As it is Free Pick February, and The Night Circus is one of my books, I was pyched to choose a new read from the Books-I-Own-But-Have-Yet-To-Read pile since it it the largest (at 18 strong) and there is a bunch i’m dying to read.

While I was walking home from the bus stop with The Night Circus tucked lovingly under my arm one book popped into my head, maybe because I posted my Top 10 Classics I Want to Read so recently, but as soon as I got home I decided that I will finally read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 😀

Happy Reading!

The first Free Pick – just movin’ on to the next City :)

The other night I finished City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (review to follow shortly) and was super excited to choose my first book for Free Pick February 🙂

There were way too many to choose from if I took all four piles into account, so to narrow it down I decided to just pick from the pile that City of Bones came from – the books-I-borrowed-from-my-little-bro-pile – and since City of Bones was such an enjoyable and addictive-ly fun read, (and I borrowed the box set of the first three books in the series) without a thought I picked the next installment – City of Ashes.

More supernatural excitement 🙂

I am at the halfway point in another book I’m reading and a fair way into another one so maybe (probably) I’ll finish them before the end of the month and will get to do more Free Picks 🙂

Happy Reading!

Classically fitting parcel

The other day I received another parcel in the mail from my bookclub and one that fit in nicely with this month’s Top 10 theme (Top 10 “Classics” and Top 10 Classics I Want to Read, which I hope to finish and post tomorrow).

The parcel contained a 4-book collection of children’s classics: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

Each volume has a beautiful embossed hardcover, is filled with illustrations by Robert Dunn, has a ribbon page marker and a short bio of the author at the back. The stories have been adapted for children by Ronne Randell so they are a bit shorter and less complex than the original, but are still a lovely collection and I can’t wait til I can read them to one of my friends’ children 🙂

In other news I have decided that this month will be Free Pick February, a month in which when I finish a book and choose a new one I will forgo my usual process and pick whichever book I want off the pile! I decided this when the same books I longed to read were being eliminated early on in my eeny meeny miny moe-ing, and while I like my weird habits I wanted to take a bit of a break from them for a while, and February being the shortest month it seemed like the perfect period of time 🙂

I have also made a decision about my back log of reviews. While I want to complete all the old reviews I also want to get back on track with the new ones so they don’t pile up as well, so each month I will do at least one old review and do the new reviews as soon as I finish a book, starting with the next one I finish. Hopefully this will flex my rusty reviewing muscles and the old reviews will be done before I know it 🙂

Happy Reading!