After the Sunday Papers #5

Last month was a great reading month for me – I read ten books, which I know is not many for a lot of other bloggers, but for me it’s more than I usually manage to read. And as well as reading those ten books, I was also slowly working my way through Middlemarch by George Eliot, which I finished last weekend. Considering this was my third attempt at reading it, I felt a real sense of achievement when I reached the final page! As I’ve finished it a few weeks ahead of schedule for Ana’s readalong, I won’t post my thoughts on the book just yet, but will wait until later in the month. Who else has been reading Middlemarch for the readalong? Are you enjoying it?

Another readalong I’ve signed up for is Bleak House by Charles Dickens, which is being hosted by Amanda of The Zen Leaf. Bleak House, like Middlemarch, is a book that I started reading once before but stopped because I wasn’t in the right mood for it. I can be a very moody reader sometimes! Hopefully this time I’m going to enjoy it. If you’d like to participate too, see Amanda’s post to sign up.

This week I’ve been reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory which I was sent by Simon & Schuster UK for their Red Queen blog tour. The Red Queen is the second book in Philippa Gregory’s new Wars of the Roses series, which was a fascinating time in English history. I would welcome any recommendations of good non-fiction books about this period as I’d really like to learn more about it.

I’ll be posting my review of The Red Queen soon, but in the meantime why not enter this competition to win a signed copy of the UK hardback – it’s open worldwide until September 30th.

I also received two more books for review this week, which is exciting for me as I don’t usually get very many.

After You by Julie Buxbaum is the third book I’ve received from Transworld for their Summer Reading Challenge (the first two that I’ve read and reviewed were Second Hand Heart and If I Stay). I also had a nice surprise when Rosy Thornton contacted me to offer me a copy of her new novel, The Tapestry of Love. I’m looking forward to reading both of these books.

What will you be reading this week?

10 thoughts on “After the Sunday Papers #5

  1. Jessica says:

    I can get addicted to read-a-longs I think. So far Ive signed up to Madame Bovery and Doctor Zhivago but they dont start till September so I have a little time yet.

    • Helen says:

      I would have liked to have taken part in both of those too, but I don’t think I would have time. I’ll probably read them on my own sometime in the future though.

  2. Iris says:

    I sadly didn’t get to join the Middlemarch readalong and I probably won’t be able to join the Bleak House one either, though I want to give Dickens another try.

    I’m going to review The Tapestry of Love too. And I’m still waiting on my third Transworld book 🙂 I hope you enjoy both!

  3. Charlie says:

    Ten is a lot to me! You’ve done very well 🙂

    Looking forward to your review of After You, I’ve got that coming last in my list I think, am reading my second as I type.

    The Tapestry Of Love’s cover is beautiful!

    • Helen says:

      Yes, it’s a lovely cover and now that I’ve read the first few chapters I can see that it’s a perfect match for the story.

      I hope you’re enjoying your next challenge book!

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