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I’m back – and recent reading

on November 26, 2011

After a catastrophic computer malfunction (something to do with the motherboard apparently), purchase of a new computer, a week waiting while a computer engineer retrieved my data (thank you Computer Repairs Bolton) and a week spent sorting through my photos and making sure I had them all filed properly (and yes, everything is now backed up) I am now officially back in business.

So here’s a list of what I’ve read and enjoyed recently – I haven’t scanned the covers like I usually do because the computer and scanner aren’t communicating at the moment:

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – a megawork from the master. It took ages to read and I’m really glad he wrote the third book which made some sense of it all but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Adobe Lightroom Classroom in a book – “enjoyed” is probably not the right word for the experience of reading this but I learned a lot about using Lightroom so that’s all good.

Mirror to Damascus by Colin Thubron – ideal for anyone curious about Syria and its people

Drawing Crime Noir for comics and graphic novels by Christopher Hart – my drawing still stinks but at least I’m getting pointers in the right direction

Making Jewellery with Gemstone Beads by Barbara Case – just in time for making Christmas presents

Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein – written by a former crime reporter for a Japanese newspaper, this was much more interesting than I expected and very informative

Player One by Douglas Adams – not his best work but readable nonetheless

Tuareg by Alberto Vazquez-Figueroa – probably the most gripping book I’ve read in ages

A Soup for Every Day by the New Covent Garden Soup Company – another cookbook for the shelf in the kitchen but I will definitely cook some of the recipes which mostly look delicious (I’m not sold on the idea of a sweet soup)

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich – reliably entertaining – the latest Stephanie Plum novel. I love the way she keeps having these adventures but never gets older and very little in her life changes – especially her indecision between sexy cop Joe Morelli and the enigmatic Ranger.

So thats it for now – please continue to tune in for further exciting installments including photos from my recent days out with Bolton Digital Photographic Society.

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