Now is the time of year when the day-job is less busy, and I have time to read again. My favourite time of year!

And, since I continue to work from home, there’s even more time for reading. I’ve finally finished both Harriette Wilson’s memoirs and Carl Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind.

I’ve also made a small dent in my TBR list – not, though, any from the huge pile I pulled from my shelves. A new addition: Robert Galbraith’s Troubled Blood, which I’d been looking forward to and which I’d actually pre-ordered to my Kindle. I can’t remember when I last pre-ordered a book. Probably the last Harry Potter.

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But then it was my birthday. And birthdays often come with offerings to the TBR pile. It is a sad state of affairs.

This year, the Poldark novels and Matt Haig’s The Midnight Libraryhave joined the queue.

And I’m awaiting the arrival of volume 1 of Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp’s diary, although given that I shall have to brush up on my Swedish as I read it, I don’t think that’s going to be lying around waiting for spare 5 minutes. That might need dedicated half-hours.

Currently, my spare-5-minutes read is Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale, which is another one I’ve been wanting to read for a while.