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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Reading progress update: I've read 37%.

Heroic Failure - Fintain O'Toole

Where the grand tradition laughs in the face of fear, Brexit had to tap into deep anxiety about the loss of status. It had to somehow put together two fears – the older one about Britain’s loss of status in the world after 1945 and the newer concern that the privileges of whiteness were being eroded. For people who feel anxious about the threat of losing their status, self-pity is attractive because it combines righteous anger with reassurance. You are reassured because you know you deserve a great deal, righteously angry because for some reason you have not been getting what you so obviously deserve. This combination has always been alluring to anti-colonial liberation movements: we are a great, unique people therefore we deserve to be free; only the colonial oppressor is preventing us from enjoying the freedom we deserve.

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Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

The Day That Never comes (The Dublin Trilogy Book 2) - Caimh McDonnell

Phil had passed the time telling Paul the conspiracy theories about 9/11 that'd he read about on the Internet. Paul had passed it quietly contemplating the various ways he could kill Phil.

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

Loved it. Should I go straight into the next in the series? I have a book club book to read, but I could read this alongside that. Decisions decisions. 

Reading progress update: I've read 81%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

There was a pause when nobody spoke, before Brigit added in a much calmer voice. “I’m very sorry for hitting you. I’m not normally a violent person.”

“You did rugby tackle a man through a plate glass door earlier,” added Paul.

“Today is not a normal day.”

“You’ve also hit me quite a few times.” Brigit glared at Paul, who sensed that now was a good time to stop talking.

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Reading progress update: I've read 77%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

“So where is Bandon?” He could feel Brigit rummaging around in his hair, still unhappy with what she was seeing. He felt a little bit like a monkey being groomed.

“It’s a town outside Cork, isn’t it? Although, are you sure he said Bandon?”

“What do you mean?”

“You had got a knock on the head. Maybe he said Brendan?”

“Brendan? Who the hell is Brendan?”

“Well, exactly. Or maybe he said Brandon?”

“What’d that be?”

“It could be Fiachra Fallon’s new name in America. It’s a very Yank name.”

“Or maybe he said Branston,” said Paul. “Y’know, because we’re in a pickle?”

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Reading progress update: I've read 64%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

Brigit and Paul were deposited onto a bench, while Big and Bigger leaned against the counters, shotguns held casually over their shoulders.

“So lads,” said Paul. “How long have youse been in the henchman game?”

Reading progress update: I've read 61%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

“Which brings me to this,” said Brigit, holding up her pad. “As I see it, we have four possible sources of clues as to what is happening.”

“Hang on a sec, are you Nancy Drewing this?”

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Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

I got a free trial with kindle unlimited and the books in this trilogy are included and since I love it I'm going to read those before I get back to Gaudy Night. I also have a book club read to get too. Oh, the pressure :)

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

On instinct, Brigit ducked when she entered the hall. It had high ceilings but ‘the wonderful sense of space’ that presenters on TV property shows would have referred to was slightly ruined by the screeching eagle descending from above. On second glance, Brigit realised it was permanently frozen at the point of attack and suspended from wires. She looked around: dozens of sets of dead eyes stared balefully back at her. It was like someone had shot and stuffed an entire forest’s worth of wildlife.

Dorothy stopped and turned to look at her, before waving her gun about absent-mindedly over her shoulder. “Ah – sorry about all the death. Husband was a mucking lunatic, God rest him. Never met an animal he didn’t want to shoot. I thought it would only be appropriate to have him stuffed and put in the hall too, but apparently there’s rules. Tea?”

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Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

“You rang me, Phil.”

“No, I didn’t.”

“Yeah, you did. You told me I was in danger and I had to run.”

“I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.”

“I recognised your voice.” That wasn’t technically a lie, Paul had recognised his voice. Once he’d mentally recalled the very short list of people he knew who would ring him to tell him his life was in danger, it had been depressingly easy to figure out.

“You couldn’t have recognised my voice,” said Phil triumphantly, “I disguised it.”

Paul could see Phil mentally replaying what he’d just said, before his face reddened and he shook his head in silent self-admonishment.

Currently reading

Last Orders (The Dublin Trilogy Book 4) by Caimh McDonnell
Progress: 5%
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot
Progress: 64%
The Day That Never comes (The Dublin Trilogy Book 2) by Caimh McDonnell
Progress: 100%
Heroic Failure by Fintain O'Toole
Progress: 43%
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Progress: 20%