Archive | August, 2011

WWW Wednesdays (31st August)

31 Aug

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme held over on Should Be Reading. To play along just answer the following questions.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. This was picked as the group read over on the BCF for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge that i take part in. I am about halfway through and I’ve never read a book like this! its made me laugh and made me cry too and once i pick it up i cant put it back down again! Its a really good book!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished Up all Night by Carmen Reid. I enjoyed this book, but having read a few chick lit books in the last couple of months it did become a little bit samey! However a nice little easy read!



What do you think you’ll read next?

My second book for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge arrived in the post yesterday! It is Caligula by Douglas Jackson. I’m excited about starting this book as i’ve read some really great reviews about it! I can’t wait to start reading this!




Second Book is Here!!!

30 Aug

My second book for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge arrived this afternoon and i cant wait to start reading it!

The scond book i picked is Caligula by Douglas Jackson and the synopsis from Amazon is as follows,

Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the third Roman Emperor, is better known by another name: Caligula, a name synonymous with decadence, cruelty and madness. His reign was marked by excess, huge building projects, the largest gladiatorial battles Rome was ever to see – men and animals killed in their hundreds – conspiracies, assassination attempts and sexual scandal.

Rufus as a young slave grows up far from the corruption of the imperial court. His master is a trainer of animals for the gladiatorial arena. Rufus discovers that he has a natural ability with animals, a talent for controlling and schooling them. It is at the arenas that Rufus meets his great friend Cupido, one of Rome’s greatest gladiators.

It is his growing reputation as an animal trainer and his friendship with Cupido that attracts the cruel gaze of the Emperor. Caligula wants a keeper for the imperial elephant and Rufus is bought from his master and taken to the imperial palace. Life here is dictated by Caligula’s ever shifting moods. Caligula is as generous as he is cruel, he is a megalomaniac who declares himself a living god and simultaneously lives in constant fear of the plots against his life. But his paranoia is not misplaced, intrigue permeates his court, and Rufus and Cupido find themselves unwittingly placed at the centre of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.

This is the book that i think will be my favourite, and I’ve already rea a few rave reviews from other book bloggers so i’m so excited to read this! I’m currently reading a challenge book so ill get that one finished and then start on this one!

Up all Night – Carmen Reid

29 Aug

Synopsis – There aren’t enough hours in the day for overworked newspaper reporter Jo Randall. What’s she going to investigate this week? Are vaccinations safe? Does cling film kill? She’s getting close to cracking the biggest scoop of her career…if she could just land an interview with the intriguing environmentalist who won’t talk to her. But how will Jo meet her deadlines when her distractions include two needy daughters and a Barbie birthday party; her pompous ex-husband and his pneumatic girlfriend; her best friend Bella Browning; and the romantic intentions of a scruffy super-chef? There’s no doubt about it, Jo’s going to be…Up all Night.

My Thoughts – This book is good. Yes, its another chick lit, but this one is good. The plot line is realistic and not too long. Sometimes i find chick lit books can be a bit drawn out but this was more to the point. This book also had a serious message behind it, about vacinations and the importance of getting your children vaccinated. Also this book was set around the timeline of one week, which makes it very fast paced which in my opinion is quite a good thing. The main character Jo, works at a Sunday newspaper, much like the news of the world once was, so i think this made it a bit more current. It also had a newspaper headline at the begining of the chapter that related to the plot, this was a good part of the book. I enjoyed this book and the author has written a young adult series too that I’m definitaly going to be adding to my wishlist!

Rating – 4/5

Musing Mondays (29th August)

29 Aug

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme held over on Should be Reading. This weeks musing asks several questions!

What was the last book you…
borrowed from the library? I actually haven’t been to my library for years and years! Its not a good library with books in bad condition so i  dont tend to go there!
bought? This was Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
cried over?My current read – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
disliked and couldn’t finish? Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, I will go back to this at some point though!
read & loved? Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azir Nafisi
got for review? (or: got in the mail?) Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll from the Transworld Publishers.
gave to someone else? Airs and Graces – Erica James
stayed up too late reading? PS I Love You – Cecelia Ahern

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (29th August)

29 Aug

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held over on book journey. Ive had quite a busy book week this week, eepecially as its a bank holiday here!

Books Read – My reading is still on a high this week! I managed another two books this last week and am about a third of the way through another!

The first book i finished this week was The Other Womans Shoes by Adele Parks. I loved loved loved this book! It is chick lit, but this book is actually true to real life! The characters seemed so real and the plot was realistic too. I flew through this book really quickly despite its size and really enjoyed it! The best thing is Adele Parks even commented on my blog post on here! Squeal!!! Will definitaly be reading more books!

The second book i finished was Up all Night by Carmen Reid. I finished this over the long weekend while i was staying at my boyfriends so i havent had time to review it yet, will do that tonight though! I enjoyed this book, but it was very samey to several books that i have read recently, so im taking a break from chick lit for a little while



Reading Now – I’m currently reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. This was picked as a group read over on the BCF for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge that i take part in. I hadnt actually heard of this book until it was picked but im really enjoying it so far. Its already made me cry and laugh so in my book, its a good book!

Up Next – i have a choice of a couple of books to read next. if my next book comes for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge i shall read that, but if not ill read My Fabulous Divorce by Claire Dowling. I’ve read another book by this author and i wasnt to impressed, but im giving her another go!

Books Brought – okay, so I’ve gone a little bit mad on the book buying this week! i brought 13 yes 13! books eek! These were;

1) The Memory Keepers Daughter – Kim Edwards. This book has been on my wishlist for ages and I’m glad i finally got it!

2)The Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler. This is another wishlist book, but i think i’ll leave off reading this for a while until ive read some Austen books.

3)Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen – Having never read an Austen, i thought this one would be a good place to start!

4)The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot. This book is on several of my reading challenge book lists and have been looking out for this one for years!

5)The Ruby in the Smoke – Phillip Pullman. Another reading challenge book, but i wanted to read this having seen its been turned into a tv series.

6)Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. I havent ever read this, but know the plot to this. have been wanting to read this for years!

7)A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers. This was brought for the Rory Challenge, and I’m alredy reading this!

8)The Infidel – Bob Shepard. This is written by an ex SAS soldier and i quite enjoy reading books like this so i’m giving this one a go!

9)The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King. I’ve never read a stephen king book so i decided to pick this one up to give it a go!

10)Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens. I havent read this before either, only seen the musical version so i want to give this a go too!

11)The Choice – Nicolas Sparks. I’ve brought a few Nicolas Sparks books this year already, and havent heard of this one before so picked this one up too!

12)Oh Carol! – Carol McGiffin. This is the autobiography of one of the loose women panellists and have been after this for a while!

13)Picture Perfect – Jodi Picoult. i love Picoult books and this is one of the few that i havent already read!

I think I’ve brought enough books for one week 🙂



Booking Through Thursday – History

25 Aug

Sometimes I feel like the only person I know who finds reading history fascinating. It’s so full of amazing-yet-true stories of people driven to the edge and how they reacted to it. I keep telling friends that a good history book (as opposed to some of those textbooks in school that are all lists and dates) does everything a good novel does–it grips you with real characters doing amazing things.

Am I REALLY the only person who feels this way? When is the last time you read a history book? Historical biography? You know, something that took place in the past but was REAL.


I haven’t read that much about history this year, but this time last year i read loads about one topic in particular, The Second World War and The Battle of Britain. This is my favourite point in history, alothough as my Grandad points out, to some people this wasnt history, this was life for them! I do love reading true life history books its really amazing to think that these events happened, it wasnt just a story that someone has made up!

Young Wives Tales – Adele Parks

24 Aug

Synopsis – Lucy stole Rose’s ‘happily ever after’ because she wanted Rose’s husband, Peter. But as Peter’s interest diminishes and Lucy’s domestic responsibilities increase, Lucy wonders if the ‘happily ever after’ is all a big con. Rose is now a devoted single mum but her twin boys seem to need her less and less and without them she wonders what she amounts to. They both envy Connie, who is happily married and effortlessly balancing two kids with a fulfilling career until, that is, a dangerous old flame flickers back into view at the school gates and threatens her marriage …All three women need more than blind belief to negotiate their way through modern life. Things can only get better …or worse. Or better?

My Thoughts – Well, what a surprising book! I thought that i wouldnt enjoy this one, having read some very simular stories this year, but i couldnt have been more wrong! For a change, the charaters were realistic, they had very normal lives with very ‘lifelike’ qualities, it wasnt as though they were too perfect. Also, the plot was very good! I thought that the plot was going to be predicable, but it was the case that every time i thought i new where the plot was going, it turned the other way. This book could have been real life, as it was just written so well. The only small thing that annoyed me was that this is a follow up book, and this was only mentioned on the last page. It worked well as a stand alone book, it was just me being me and having to read books in the right order that fuelled my annoyance! I have another adele parks on my tbr pile and cant wait to get round to this!

Rating – 4/5