D.E.A.R With Me

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Oh won’t you come and D.E.A.R. With Me today?

Our children have for a good many years being having DEAR time in school, a time when they drop everything and read or DEAR Time. I think the concept of it is ingenious. I think to just stop everything for a short period of time and just read sounds like luxury to me so when it came to choosing a title for my reading posts it seemed the most obvious of titles plus it sounds nice Dear With Me don’t you think ?

As I stated last week I am completely hopeless at linking in with people, it lasts a week or so and then I forget or I get busy and well you get the picture so I think it’s just easier if I just head out under my own title and then visit you all when I can.

In keeping with my two challenges that I talked about last week here I’m only going to be reading from by TBR pile and library books. I have also wanted for some time to talk about the different books my children are reading. They are each great readers and enjoy a good book just as much as myself and now as they get older many of their books I’d read also. I also want to hit on book recommendations but more on that in a bit.

My first book I’m reading is a CJ Sansom book lent to me over the Christmas as the owner thought I’d enjoy it and how right they were!.

The book is called Dissolution

From Goodreads – It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. And under the order of Thomas
Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: dissolution.

But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwells Commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege.

Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes…


The above is the blurb from Goodreads on it I’m about halfway through so thoughts from me soon but I’m really liking this book so far. I really like the main character of Matthew Shardlake and the story is moving on at a good brisk pace with many mysteries branching off from the main one so lots to think of and figure out.

From the library – having visited the library today I was in a hurry and my two librarians knowing this went and each found me two books they thought I would enjoy reading, no-where else do I get such great service and they really do rock in my library so  these are this month’s library reads courtesy of my librarians –

  • The Missing by Jane Casey an Irish Author now living in London
  • The Doll’s House by Louise Phillips again an Irish Author living here in Ireland
  • The Secret Wife by Linda Kavanagh another Irish writer
  • Wrongful Death by Lynda LaPlante an English author

Don’t you just love that all 4 books are female authors and 3 are Irish writers and Irish female crime writers at that. I know I know I hear you proclaim but I’ve not stepped outside of my normal reading genre but these were picked out especially for me with the hope I’d like them so I think that excuses me this time. I’ll root around on my shelf and see if something qualifies this month for outside of my genre and so keep up my challenge.

The children are reading – As I mentioned earlier the children are great readers and this is what each of them are reading. The smaller children I read their stories to them or like Ruairí is starting to read them himself and only needs me to sit and listen.

  • James is reading – The Sorceress by Michael Scott
  • Dominic is reading – House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  • Alan is reading – Classic stories for Boys – Robin Hood, Gullivers Travels, Moonfleet, Around the World in Eighty Days, Robinson Crusoe and The Canterville Ghost.
  • Caoimhe is reading – The Time Spell by Judi Curtin
  • Ruairí is reading – Muckeen the Pig by Fergus Lyons, this is a step up to a harder level book for him so this one he will be reading a page a night with me. He’s also reading Oh George by Sue Graves and Ross Collins.
  • Benjamin is reading – The Apple Tree Alien by Penny Dolan and Roger Fereday
  • Elizabeth is reading – A Busy Week by Sue Graves and Melanie Sharp
  • Evelyn is reading – Clint and Grant Play I-Spy by Isabel Crawford

Recommended to me this week – In this part from week to week I’d like to list books recommended to me from the previous week. As this is only a new part I’ve nothing to add this week but any book mentioned in the comments I’ll list here the following week and so a ready list of recommended books to read will be at hand.

Ruth x

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6 Responses to D.E.A.R With Me

  1. Sandie says:

    I really enjoyed all of the Sharlake books. I’m currently reading a library book – The Phoenix by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. It’s vol 35 in her Dynasty series, and I’ve read them all. It’s a fascinating series which follows one family through various periods of history, currently just after 1930’s. But if you like crime you should also try the Lei Crime series by Toby Neal. She’s an Hawaiian author, and her books are set on the islands!

  2. Kepanie says:

    I love how your librarians found books for you. That is so cool! Our librarians are nice but sometimes from some you don’t feel that personal service as they’d rather you use the automatic check out machines and stuff.

    • Ruth says:

      I know for definite in the bigger town near me you’d get a good service but not personal one and even though the bigger town has a larger library I tell my local library I’m not switching purely because of the wonderful service they give me plus I can request books as often as I like from the bigger one and I may just have to wait a couple of weeks but then I normally have something to read anyway so that’s no real hassle.

  3. I love your new DEAR time and posting about books. I also love to hear what the children are reading as I often find myself reading that genre. I think I mentioned the other day about the author Beth Hoffman who has only written 2 books so far but WOW! I haven’t read her 2nd book yet but Kim said it was great. I get favorite authors and then have to read everything they ever wrote. I’m not reading much lately…I read every night but I am trying to read books I already have. One is about the 1996 presidential election and I am struggling to get through it….it puts me to sleep every night. The other is a new mystery series that’s a “cozy” mystery. I’ll let you know when I finish it….so far so good. Still eating the cake…ha, ha…..I wish you all were here to share it as it’s a big cake. I think I will be freezing lots of it.

    • Ruth says:

      I must look up the Beth Hoffman book, I’m glad you reminded me again of it, see this is exactly why I need to list them down as I forget. The cake is big that is why a loaf tin size would be great I think. I must experiment.

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