Archive | September, 2011

Victoria Line, Central Line – Maeve Binchy

23 Sep

Synopsis – At Notting Hill, a mysterious secretary harbours a secret on her journey to work; at Highbury and Islington, a young man has a sudden change of heart; while at Holborn, a disastrous reunion is about to take place…

From Green Park to Brixton, Shepherd’s Bush to Chancery Lane, the nameless faces travelling on the Tube each have their own tales to tell. In this vintage collection of stories, Maeve Binchy brings this cross-section of London society vividly to life with her unforgettable humour and compassion.

My Thoughts – This book was more like a collection of short stories than an actual novel, which i suppose in a way its true. Each chapter was a different story, just with one simple theme running through the chapter, the use of the tube in London. I really really enjoyed this book, I’m not normally a fan of short stories, but this theme actually worked for me. I would love to know if any of the stories had been carried on, a couple of the short stories would work well as full novels. This is the first Maeve Binchy Book i have read, and i would definitaly read more. i would actually read more in this format too, a real good book that has opened my mind up to more possiblities of reading πŸ™‚

Rating 4/5

Booking Through Thursday – In Public

22 Sep

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world?

And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

I always always always have a book with me when I’m out and about! When I’m at work i have a book with me, when I’m visting the boyfriend i always take a book with me if not two or three! When I’m at home i obviously always have books with me! I have done this for a good few years, i even used to carry a book around with me when i was younger! You just never know when you might get a chance to read a few pages!

I never hide the cover either! I don’t think I’ve ever read an embarrassing book, that i know of, and I’m not that worried about strangers or friends knowing what I’m reading.

The only problem i have with this is that my books tend to get more dog eared and creased the longer its in my bag!

WWW Wednesdays (21st September)

21 Sep

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 Victoria Line, Central Line by Maeve Binchy. Its about a collection of people, all connected by the use of the tube in London. I’m not normally a fan of lots of characters in a book, but this format works really well. I can’t wait to read more!

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished two books in the last week. The first was My Fabulous Divorce by Clare Dowling. I enjoyed this book, but i did feel that their was something missing. It is an enjoyable chick lit fluff book, but not one i would rush to read again.

 

 

The second book i finished was Teacher, Teacher – Jack Sheffield. This was my third choice book from The Transworld Book Group reading challenge. I loved this book so much, i read it in just about a day. I actually cannot wait to read more in the series and am so glad i came across this book!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a choice of a few books. I have a book to read for an online book club. I also have a choice for the October Reading Circle for the BCF. Also i have the final book for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge. Failing the arrival of these, it will be the next book off my TBR pile which is What The Hell is He Thinking? by Zoe Strimpel. This was a magazine freebie, and I’m not going to turn down a free book!

Lots and Lots of new books!

20 Sep

If you remember reading my post last week about my new books that i brought, all 500 0f them! I’ve sorted through them, its taken a week to get through them all but I’ve sorted a list of 121 books that i want to read. this has actually doubled my to be read pile, so i’m going to be busy for a while! Not to sure what I’m going to do with the rest though!

The list is below, but please excuse any duplicates or spelling mistakes!

  • Formula One Uncovered – Derick Allsop
  • Just One Look – Harlan Coben
  • The Piranha Club – Timothy Collings
  • On the Road With Blue – Ian Marshall
  • My Side – David Beckham
  • Survivor – Sharon Osbourne
  • Humble Pie – Gordon Ramsay
  • Madonna: An Intimate Biography
  • This Charming Man – Marian Keyes
  • Old Faith – Jane Gardam
  • Executive Orders – Tom Clancy
  • Beach Road – James Patterson
  • Bannisters Chart – Antony Trew
  • A Dangerous Fortune – Ken Follett
  • The Tailor of Panama – le Carre
  • King Rat – James Clavell
  • Wolf of the Plains – Conn Iggulden
  • Winter Solstice – Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Brick Lane – Monica Ali (Rory)
  • Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (200 books, 1001 books, UTBGC, Wishlist)
  • Lola Rose – Jacqueline Wilson (200 Books, UTBGC)
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (1001 Books)
  • The Princess Bride – William Goldman (UTBGC)
  • Roxy’s Baby – Catherine McPhail (UTBGC)
  • Shopaholic Takes Manhattan – Sophie Kinsella (Wishlist)
  • Living on the Seabed – Lindsay Nicholson
  • Invisible Women – Jacky Trevane
  • Football Against the Enemy – Simon Kuper
  • Cara’s Land – Elvi Rhodes
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs – Elizabeth Peters
  • Leftovers – Laura Wiess
  • Three Junes – Julia Glass
  • The Dark Tower Vii – Stephen King
  • The Resurrectionist – James Bradley
  • A Desirable Residence – Sophie Kinsella
  • The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd (Rory)
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan (Rory, 200 Books, 1001 books, UTBGC, new classics)
  • American Physco – Bret Easton Ellis (200 Books, 1001 books)
  • Mr Nice – Howard Marks
  • Liars and Saints – Maile Meloy
  • The Accidental – Ali Smith
  • What Men Think About Sex – Mark Mason
  • Labyrinth – Kate Moss
  • Skeleton Key – Anthony Howowitz (200 books,UTBGC)
  • The Sign – Raymond khoury
  • Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith
  • 48 – James Herbert
  • The Amber Warning – Robert Ludlum
  • Hunting Unicorns – Bella Pollen
  • The Gargoyle – Andrew Davidson
  • Catch Me if you Can – Frank W. Abagnale
  • Murder in the Museum – Simon Brett
  • Fevre Dream – George r r Martin
  • Long Way Round – Ewan McGregor and Chaley Boorman
  • Tara Road – Maeve Binchy (Rory)
  • Small Island – Andrea Levy (Rory)
  • Tess of the d’Ubervilles – Thomas Hardy (200 books, 1001 books, UTBGC)
  • Steppenwolf – Hermen Hesse (1001 books)
  • Neausea – jean paul Sartre (1001 books)
  • That They Might Face The Rising Sun – John McGahern (1001 books)
  • The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
  • The Oracle
  • Hotel Babylon – imogen Edwards jones
  • Goosebumps
  • Without warning – Carol Smith
  • Enigma – Robert Harris
  • True ghost stories – Harry Ludlam
  • Rags to Richie – shane Richie
  • Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood (rory)
  • Valley of Secrets – Charmain Hussey
  • In Search of the Edge of Time – John Gribbin
  • Fast Track to Fame – Louis Walsh
  • Diana: Her True Story – Andrew Morton
  • Beach Babylon – Imogen Edwards Jones
  • House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski (200 books, 1001 books)
  • If Only – Geri Halliwell
  • Don’t Stop me now – Clarkson
  • This Year it Will be Different- Maeve – Binchy
  • i was a teenager worrier – ros asquith (UTBGC)
  • Adrian mole – the cappuccino years – sue townsend
  • City of gold and shadows – ellis peters
  • Someone to watch over me – izzy Hammond
  • Net Force – breaking Point – tom Clancy
  • Double jeopardy – colin forbes
  • The heights of zevos – colin forbes
  • Net force – point of impact – tom Clancy
  • Murphy’s law – coling bateman
  • The marketmarker – micheal ridpath
  • Dead cert – Dick Francis
  • Under the duvet – marian keyes
  • The day of the jackal – Frederick forsythe (200 books, UTBGC)
  • The beach – alex garland (200 books, UTBGC)
  • It – Stephen king (200 books, 501 books)
  • Kane and Abel – Jeffery Archer (200 books)
  • Smillas sense of snow – peter hoeg(1001 books, UTBGC, 501 books)
  • The call of the wind – Jack London (UTBGC)
  • Waiting for Columbus – Thomas trofimuk
  • Absolue honour – C C Humphies
  • The clothes on their backs – Linda grant
  • The little stranger – Sarah Waters
  • Fortune rocks – anita shreeve
  • The dead of Jericho – Colin Dexter
  • Never go back – Robert Goddard
  • The Travelling Vampire Show – Richard Laymon
  • Measure for measure – Shakespeare
  • The gunslinger – Stephen king
  • Poppy – rosie rushton
  • Firestarter – Stephen King
  • The Vatican Cellers – Andre Gide
  • Executive Orders – Tom Clancy
  • The Ripple Effect – paul Garrison
  • The chamber – john grisham
  • The call of the wind/wild fang – Jack London
  • Sight Unseen – Robert Goddard
  • The righteous men – sam bourne
  • Second time around – mary Higgins clark
  • Misery – Stephen king
  • The battle of kadesh – Christian jacq ramses
  • 24 Hours – greg iles

I have a little bit more sorting though, but the finish line is in sight!

Teacher, Teacher! – Jack Sheffield

19 Sep

Synopsis – It’s 1977 and Jack Sheffield is appointed headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. So begins Jack’s eventful journey through the school year and his attempts to overcome the many problems that face him as a young and inexperienced headmaster.

The many colourful chapters include Ruby the 20 stone caretaker with an acute spelling problem, a secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher, a villager who grows giant carrots, a barmaid/parent who requests sex lessons, and a five-year-old boy whose language is colourful in the extreme. And then there’s also beautiful, bright Beth Henderson, who is irresistibly attractive to the young headmaster…

Warm, funny and nostalgic, Teacher, Teacher is a delightful read that is guaranteed to make you feel better, whatever kind of day you’ve had.

My Thoughts – Well, what can i say about this book? This was my third choice from The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge and i am so glad that i picked this! This book centres on Jack Sheffield, a head teacher in a tiny village school, and what happens over the course of a year. It is a true account too and i found it very heart-warming and funny. I actually laughed at some parts and actually cried at others. This is part of a series and i cant wait to get more books in it, am even considering going to buy them today to continue the story. I actually read this book in the course of a day, its been a long time that I’ve sat all day and not put a book down, but this book was so worth it. Its the best book ive read in a long time, probably my favourite book of the year! This cannot be rated highly enough in my opinion!

Rating – 5/5

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? (19th Sept)

19 Sep

Its Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme held over on Book Journey where fellow book lovers and blogger discuss their reading week!

I have had such a busy bookish week this week!

Books Read

I finished two books in the last week πŸ™‚ yay! Glad my reading has picked up again! The first book i finished was My Fabulous Divorce by Clare Dowling. this is a nice fluffy chick lit book, but it is a good book. I enjoyed it as i was looking for a nice easy book, and im golad ive finally read this, I’ve had it on my TBR pile for months!

The second book i finished was my third choice for The Transworld Group Reading Challenge. This was Teacher, Teacher! by Jack Sheffield. I am going to reveiw this properly in a couple of hours, but it is safe to say its the best book i have read in a while, maybe all year! i read it in a day and i actually think im going to go and buy the rest of the series today! a brilliant book!

Reading Now

I’m currently reading Victoria Line, Central Line by Maeve Binchy. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I’m enjoying it so far. Its more ‘grown up’ than some of the other books I’ve read this year, so I’m hoping that i enjoy it as i have several other books by this author!

Reading Next

I have one more book to read for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge so if that arrives i will read that, but if not it will be my next book off my TBR pile which is What The Hell is he Thinking? by Zoe Strimple. This was a magazine freebie,, so im going to give it a go, not about to turn down a free book!

Books Brought

Well i may have brought a few books this week! Teacher, Teacher by Jack Sheffield arrived (which i have already read!) and also The Boy who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman.

I brought 500, yes 500 books from ebay too! I have sorted through them and i think their is about 100 that i actually want to read so i’m going to add those to my tbr pile, and now i have to figure out what i’m going to do with the rest!

My Fabulous Divorce – Clare Dowling

17 Sep

Synopsis – Jackie Ball knows that happiness is hard to find, so when Dan Lewis jogs into her life with his skin-tight shorts and sexy smile things start to look up. One night he presents Jackie with a diamond ring and suggests he trade in his BMW for a people carrier. But there’s a fly in the ointment – her first husband Henry. As far as Jackie’s concerned, their marriage is well and truly over, so she engages the services of a solicitor and sets about moving on.

But Henry has some old scores to settle and the divorce papers hitting the dog-haired mat are just the excuse he needs. It’s not that he still loves her, but Jackie walked out on him without even leaving a note and now he wants to know why…
My Thoughts – This is the second Clare Dowling book that i have read and i have to say i enjoyed this one a lot more than the first (Going it alone) The plot centres on Jackie who is trying to divorce her first husband to marry her second. The plot is fairly obvious to what will happen, but as a chick lit book that is what you would expect. Their was a secondary plot with Jackies family that i didnt think really needed to be in their, but the rest of the book was good, Once i picked it up it was quite difficult to put down, i was in the need for an easy book to read that didnt require to much thinking and that was what a got. A light read, a good chick lit book, not one that i would read again, but good at the time.

Rating – 3.5/5