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Comfort reads

I'm comfort reading at the moment... easy stuff, nothing needing too much concentration, and my last two books fitted the bill very nicely indeed.

First up was Sabriel by Garth Nix.

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I think this is offically Young Adult but, imo anyway, it's an *old* YA book not a *young* one. Not that I'm trying to confuse you or anything... Anyway. An excellent read as a matter of fact. A nicely written, pacey fantasy with elements of horror. Young Sabriel was a heroine I liked and I also liked the fact that Nix allowed her to carry the plot and wasn't tempted to bring in a male character to supercede her; the one he did bring in was always second fiddle and for me it worked well. Part one of the Old Kingdom trilogy - I shall be reading the rest.

Next up: The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber.

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I imagine this might come under the heading of chick-lit - or so it says somewhere on the cover. If so it's superior chick-lit. Whatever, I thought it was lovely, a really good comfort read about a woman who opens a yarn shop in Seattle and the three women who attend her first knitting course. I couldn't put it down to be honest and have the second in the series, A Good Yarn, on my tbr pile. I shall also be seeing what else she's written. My only regret is that I didn't pay attention when I got it from Amazon marketplace and ended up with the British cover rather than the American one - which is far prettier. I didn't make the same mistake with the sequel.

Current read: Lirael by Garth Nix. Part two of the Old Kingdom trilogy.


I like the sound of the second one - will look out for that. If you couldn't put it down and already have the sequel, there's a good chance I will enjoy it too.
I'm also reading light stuff at the moment, when I'm reading at all, because someone seems to have replaced my brain with cotton wool, possibly due to my usual winter foe of sinusitis which has laid me low for the last ten days!
Take care of yourself, thinking about you!
The book was super. What you might call heart-warming. I've just passed it on to my eldest but when she gives it back you are welcome to have it. I plan to get myself a copy with the American cover eventually.

Thanks for your kind thoughts. Things are settling a bit now, our youngest daughter is here with us for a while and we're just waiting for the baby to arrive now - he's due today! We've accomplished a lot over the last few days and are all feeling a bit less stressed at last. Hoping to be in touch with a proper e.mail soon to tell you what's been going on. You take care too.
I bought The Shop On Blossom Street and A Good Yarn on this recommendation.

I really enjoyed both of them.

Very predictable, I knew most of what was going to happen in TSOBS, (I won't spoil for anyone by saying) but . . . None of that mattered, because it was still a great read, both were. I thoroughly enjoyed them both. Thank you for reccing them. Oh, and I took your 'advice' and made sure I got the 'pretty' cover.
I'm really glad you enjoyed them. I've only read the first one so far, Wendy's had both and says the 2nd. one is lovely too. It was just nice to read something that was undemanding and gentle. Plus it made me want to take up knitting again, so the baby is benefitting from the book too. ;-)
Thank you for recommending them.

Yes, it made me want to get my knitting out again.