Reading Roundup – Friday 13th December 2013

December 13, 2013

One book I added to my library recently was The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith.  This is the book on which the movie Philomena is based; it’s the story of a middle aged Irish woman who is looking for her son having been forced to give him up for adoption as a teenager.  The film stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and is excellent.  Indeed, Dench has been nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Screen Actor’s Guild award for her role as the titular Philomena.  For me though, the real surprise was Coogan – who not only starred in the movie as but co-wrote the screenplay.  In Philomena, Coogan plays Sixsmith, the journalist who helps Philomena trace what happened to her son. In general, I’m not a fan of Coogan in comic mode, but he played excellently against Judi Dench and their growing friendship was one of the real highlights of the movie.

Although I’ve not read the book, the first few chapters I have read were very interesting and well written.  That is hardly surprising as Sixsmith is a former BBC journalist.

As I’m starting three weeks of nightshifts next week I have been planning my audiobook consumption.  Currently, I’m planning on marathoning Marie Lu’s Legend series.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about the series and am looking forward to starting it.  I’m also thinking of continuing some of the other series I have on the go, such as the Mortal Instruments or The Darkest Minds.  Another option is to listen to the BBC Radio production of The Lord of the Rings which I also picked up from Audible a while ago.  This is a brilliant production, and even now Robert Stephens’ voice as Aragorn still sends shivers down my spine.

In any case, it’s clear I won’t be short of things to listen to!

This week I’ve been struggling to read Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong.  It’s just not gripped me yet, but I will persevere.

Added to my library this week

Having loved Cinder so much, I added Meyer’s sequel, Scarlet to my library in both Kindle and Audible formats.  Incidentally, if you’re keen to start this series, Amazon has the first five chapters of the first three books in the series.

In order to celebrate the season I picked up Debbie Macomber’s 1225 Christmas Tree Lane in Audible’s daily deals this week.

Other than that it’s been a quiet week.

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