Bookish and not so Bookish Thoughts!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts post and I am obviously procrastinating in my 20 Books of Summer reviews so here are some of the bookish and not so bookish things that have been going on chez 746 Books! Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous

• I was extremely excited in work last week to meet the amazing Bernard MacLaverty! I have long been a fan of his work – particularly the beautiful Grace Notes and his wonderful short stories, and the good news is that he is the nicest, funniest man in ‘real life’!

He read to a sold out audience of 200 from his new book Midwinter Break, signed books for almost 2 hours and was a general delight.

I have just put the finishing touches onto my autumn programme for HomePlace and am very excited about a few authors who will be visiting. I will of course, keep you updated!

• This week I treated myself to a rather lovely Out of Print tee-shirt! We Have Always Lived at the Castle is one of my favourite books and I couldn’t resist this gorgeous design. I got hit with a Customs charge I wasn’t expecting for ordering from the US, but it was still worth it!

• Despite having almost half my 20 Books of Summer left to read, myself and the hubbie are relishing Season 2 of the brilliant Preacher. Based on the comic books of the same name, Preacher is irreverent, funny and sometimes scary and one of the most enjoyable shows on TV. Plus Ruth Negga has the best costumes as the sassy Tulip O’Hare.  Last month we watched The Handmaids Tale, which was fantastic but heavy-going, so Preacher is a little bit of light relief. If you haven’t seen it yet, this opening scene of Season 2 should give you an idea of what you are missing!

• I’m also on a bit of a movie binge this summer, particularly of the creepier kind. I’ve loved Get Out, Hell or High Water, Free Fire and The Invitation.

• Finally I’ve noticed that I am starting a LOT of books, but not actually finishing anything! I am currently ‘reading’ 9 books. That can’t be good, can it? I have actual books, books on my ipad and books on my phone, all in different states of read-ness. And the worst thing? Most of them aren’t even from my 20 Books list!  I keep getting sent proof copies and getting excited and starting them before I’ve finished anything else!

How do you all feel about having a lot of books on the go at once? Are you a one book reader?

So, basically this summer, when I’m not working, reading or watching movies, the only other thing I’m doing is bouncing. On the twins’ new trampoline. It’s been a big hit and if anything, is giving me a bit of a work out!

I hope you are all having a great summer!

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  1. I just finished Midwinter Break last night and it was lovely. I’d never read anything by MacLaverty before (or even heard of him, really). It’s so neat that you get to see what all these authors are like in person!

    I’m in the minority, I think, by almost always having 10-15 books on the go. It’s only fewer than that if I’m travelling. I try to plug away at them all but inevitably end up favouring two or three and reading them more quickly.

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  2. hope you can get a few books finished soon! Don’t think I’ve ever had 9 on the go at one time! I think 3 or 4 is my limit – and then I have to make sure they are different genres and take notes so I don’t get confused lol!


  3. I’m definitely a one-book reader. I will occasionally have one fiction and one non-fiction book on the go but that’s it. My aunt has different books in different places of the house, like one she reads in bed, one she reads in the living room, etc.

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  4. i love that Shirley Jackson tee-shirt – it’s just my type of thing.

    Sometimes I have a collection of short stories on the go alongside my main book (usually a novel) as it can be good to space them out a bit – any more than that and I start to lose track of what’s happening in each book. 🙂

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  5. I generally read more than one book at once. I’m not sure I’ve ever been up to nine, but definitely five or six (usually because of the “excited about new release/ARC” problem you mention). Two or three is a better balance for me! I like to have different books for different moods or attention spans – fiction, nonfiction, heavy, light etc.

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  6. Oh I read Grace Notes long ago and really enjoyed it. I’ll have to look for Midwinter Break – I see it will be released here next week so it’s now on the wish list.

    I also love your t-shirt and Googled, found, and bookmarked it. Now I’ll have to order it when I get home to California – for Halloween! 🙂

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  7. Right now I have five going, two of which are Colum McCann’s “Letters to a Young Writer” and the very long novel, “1Q84”, by Haruki Murakami. In the mix is a book on Tarot and one called “Switchwords” for self-motivation and a book of essays on writers and books, “Browsings”, by Michael Dirda. Plus I am doing some background reading on John Ford and “Stagecoach” for work. Just writing this is making me tired. Gonna have to finish something real soon.

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  8. Grace Notes is wonderful – it’s great to hear the author is such a nice person!
    Love the t-shirt 🙂
    No-one I know watches Preacher & I can’t persuade any of them to join me, so I’ve no-one to talk about it with! It’s great, isn’t it?

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  9. I always have at least two books on the go – I think it’s one way to get a lot of books read! Once I get above three or four, however, I find it slows me down, so I try to put some of them aside.

    I absolutely adore the Shirley Jackson t shirt.

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  10. Grace Notes is the only book that completely stumped our book group. It was so pitch perfect that there really wasn’t anything to say about it. Midwinter Break is definitely on the ‘must read’ pile. And this is the second post I’ve read today which mentions We Have Always Lived in the Castle. How come I’ve missed that?


  11. Hell or High Water was soooo good. I just watched it a couple of weeks ago.

    I can do about 3 books at a time – as long as they’re different types (audio, nonfiction, fiction.) Any more than that and it stresses me out.


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