Read 52 – with Stay Close to me by Helen Warner.

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Welcome back to our second week of reading! I hope you’ve managed to snatch lots of time to yourself for indulging with books. I’ve read 1 1/2 books to myself – I started with Scent of Magic (see my review), and then moved on to How to be a woman. Am I allowed to say that I’m not really enjoying the latter? Maybe it’s just my awkward streak, but I’m not taking kindly to being told what I should say and do. I don’t want to be a strident feminist I’m afraid. But more on that when I’ve finished the book properly and can reach an informed judgement.

As well as my own reading, I’ve been concentrating on daily reading with Smallest. We’ve been reading A Bear Called Paddington at bedtime, as well as a variety of picture books during the day. I’m not sure that it’s really doing it for her, but she’s enjoying the chapter book experience – having me sat for 20 minutes reading is a Good Thing. I suspect I could be reading the phone book out loud and she wouldn’t mind all that much, it’s really the time spent and the joint experience that’s doing it for her.

Thank you to those of you that took time to comment and share and join in with last week’s giveaway. Our winners from last week are Jenny who chose The Parisian’s return and CircusQueen who didn’t specify so I’m hoping will be happy with Annabel Karmel. Congratulations!

This week I’ve got 5 copies of Stay Close to Me from Helen Warner as my prize, thanks to the very generous people at Simon and Schuster. This isn’t even out until the end of January, so you can grab a real treat and get your hands on something no one else has yet!

To enter, leave me a comment telling me what you’re reading right now. (Well not right now, obviously, or I’d get lots of comments saying this blog, but you know what I mean.) Entries are open until next Thursday 17th midnight so that I can publish the winners on Friday. And you can have an extra entry for sharing this post, using the badge or joining the linky with your own Read52 post/review – but you must leave an extra comment for each thing you’ve done, telling me what it is. As I’m doing the posting, I’m afraid it’s only open to UK – but if you’re international and happy to arrange to have it posted on you can do that – I’m only sending to a UK address. Draw will be made using the lovely plugin and the winner is, which relies on separate comment entries.

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  1. I am loving reading the last of the current J.R Ward Vampire books! I love the action in them, not just full of naughty bits thankfully! x
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  2. I shared by tweeting as @missingsleep 🙂 x
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  3. I am currently reading “John Saturnall’s Feast” by Lawrence Norfolk. Intriguing novel set in the 17th century.

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