Archive | June, 2012

Summer Reading List

29 Jun

Best Commenter Award

28 Jun

I was given this award a couple of weeks ago by Katy over on Katy Brandes Writes. I’m so thrilled to get this award as i love Katy’s blog. She reads the same sort of books as me and has a lovely blog!

The creators of this award hope it will catch on, and that everyone will display the badge proudly on their own blogs.

The Dodisharkicon, nature’s fiercest beast, does not issue approval lightly. By being offered this terrific honor, he is signifying that you are allowed to continue reading and commenting without fear of attack. Failure to pass on this award will result in the dodisharkicorn letting loose his terrible battle squawk/whinny to the tune of the Jaws theme song, and all that you love will turn to glitter.

Aren’t there always rules with these things? OF COURSE THERE ARE! The rules are the same as the rest of them, but we have better questions.

Accept Dodisharkicorn award and display it proudly in your widget sidebar.
Find your “Top Five Commenters” on your Stats page and present them with the award. If they really comment that frequently, you shouldn’t need to tag them because they’ll see it anyway. It’s just polite to link to their blog, though. Dur. We are ALL ABOUT politeness.

Answer the following questions and pass them on to your Top Five Commenters.
The Questions

What is your third favorite color? My third favourite colour is purple. The two before that are Pink and Yellow.

Would you rather be: a Jedi, a Pokemon Master or a Wizard/Witch? I would like to be a witch, but a nice kind like Hermionie Granger from the Harry Potter series.
Who is your favorite Doctor?  eeekkk geek moment! The only thing that popped into my mind just now was Dr Who. My all time favourite Doctor is Matt Smith, followed by David Tennant. From the old series it has to be John Pertwee.

Can you whistle?  Yes, but not very well 😦

Would you name your child Sirius Albus? No, but i would name a child Albus Sirius. I just think that Sirius is a name that is always said and spelt wrong.
What is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?  Do what makes you happy, not what makes others happy.
Do you own a lawnmower?  I dont even own a house, let alone a lawnmower!
Do you think Legolas is a (very pretty) pansy? I dont think hes a Pansy, but he is very pretty!
What’s the trashiest thing you’ve read in the last year? I dont tend to read a lot of trashy books, however, I’ve heard that the 50 Shades of Grey books are pretty bad!

…And to these top commenters (thank you, ladies), I pass along the award:

Now for some reason only these three people are showing up on my stats at the minute. Will try again to see if i can see others later 🙂

The Winner for the Literary Book Blog Hop is . . .

28 Jun

Firstly i just wanted to say that i really enjoyed taking part in this givaway, my first ever one! Also big thanks go to Judith for hosting it all 🙂

So, drumroll . . . . the winner is (using

Stephanie (@adreamindream)

well done to you 🙂

I’ll send you an email with the details on 🙂


10’000 Views on my blog!

27 Jun

I meant to post this last week, but i just didnt have the time! I’ve had over 10,000  views on my blog, The Reading and Life of a Bookworm!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that reads my blog, pops in to comment and everything else! I never thought people would be interested in my views on books and my life and it seems like people are.

I love my blog and writing my posts and i hope everyone likes reading it as much as i love writing on it.

So I’d just like to say, THANK YOU to everybody 😀


WWW Wednesdays (27th June)

27 Jun

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

I’ve been absent from this meme for a couple of weeks because of life getting in the way but im back now to get reading and blogging again.

What are you currently reading?

In book form I’m currently reading I Know You Got Soul by Jeremy Clarkson. He is one of my favourite celebrities as he doesnt care what he says and is very outspoken. This book is basically his views on a lot of things and so far its good.

On my kindle I’m currently reading Just A Kid, A Guard at the Nuremberg Trials by Emilio DiPalma. This book is basically what it says in the title. I love all things world war two, so I’m really enjoying this book too.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan yesterday. This is a book about the authors life and works. This was very good and I’ll definitaly be reading more of her books.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up off the shelf is Secret Diary of a Demented Housewife by Niamh Green. This is a chick lit book that i originally gave to my mum and she enjoyed it, so hoping i do too!



The Virgin Student – Virgin Student

26 Jun

Started – 10/6/12

Finished – 10/6/12

Format – Kindle e-book


Synopsis – “I’m a 21-year-old girl at Oxford University and I’ve just finished studying for my BA. Now I have one last mission to complete before I leave university – to lose my virginity.”

The tale of the Virgin Student became internationally renowned after an anonymous student advertised her virginity on the internet and then blogged her progress.

For nineteen days, her blog attracted attention from suitors, well-wishers, mortal enemies and the national press, until the story reached its climactic end, and Virgin Student vanished.

Available as a book for the first time, “The Virgin Student” includes all the charm of the original blog, re-worked and combined with previously unseen content.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as i thought that it would be a good book to read. This is a book made up of blog posts, a real blog about a girl who decided that she would loose her virginity by the end of her time at university. An easy feat you might think, but she only gave herself a matter of weeks into which to do it.

How did she find different men to go on dates with? Well she blogged about it and met people that she had met through the blog and also on dating sites. Now for me this i think is brave, as i wouldnt have had the confidence to date people over the internet, but thats down to personal preferance. I really enjoyed her really funny posts about the dates she went on and the people that she met.

It was a very short book, but at the same time it wasnt too short. As it was a book made up of exerpts i dont think it needed to be any longer. Also, its not an explict book. Sure there are sexual parts to the story as you would expect with a book like this, but not overly so.

I also enjoyed how hard she tried to keep her indentity under wraps and how the blog took over her life. This is something that i can identify with, because sometimes it feels like my blog takes over sometimes.

I enjoyed this book, but its not something that i would read again.

Rating – 3/5

The Literary Giveway Blog Hop!

23 Jun

The Literary blog hop is hosted by Leeswammes over on her blog. Between now and the 27th of June lots of blogs will all gather together and host givaways of books and bookish items. Check out the links at the bottom for the full list of blogs taking part.

My Givaway

I’m giving away an early reading copy of Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. i read this book earlier in the year and i loved it.

Synopsis –
Forget the cud. They want blood.

An outrageous and anarchic comic take on the zombie apocalypse – and joint winner of the first Terry Pratchett ‘Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now’ prize.

It began with a cow that just wouldn’t die. It would become an epidemic that transformed Britain’s livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the fate of the nation seems to rest on the shoulders of three unlikely heroes: an abattoir worker whose love life is non-existent thanks to the stench of death that clings to him, a teenage vegan with eczema and a weird crush on his maths teacher, and an inept journalist who wouldn’t recognise a scoop if she tripped over one.

As the nation descends into chaos, can they pool their resources, unlock a cure, and save the world?

Three losers. Overwhelming odds. One outcome . . .

Yup, we’re screwed

If your interested by review can be found HERE

To Enter

Simply leave a comment on this post and you will be entered into a draw using I will post the book worldwide!

Linky List


  1. Leeswammes
  2. Candle Beam Book Blog
  3. Musings of a Bookshop Girl
  4. The Book Whisperer
  5. Book Journey (US/CA)
  6. breieninpeking (Dutch readers)
  7. bibliosue
  8. heavenali
  9. I Read That Once…
  10. The Parrish Lantern
  11. The Bibliomouse (Europe)
  12. Tell Me A Story
  13. Seaside Book Nook
  14. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  15. Sam Still Reading
  16. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  17. Readerbuzz
  18. Books Thoughts Adventures (North America)
  19. 2,606 Books and Counting
  20. Laurie Here (US/CA)
  21. Literary Winner (US)
  22. Dolce Bellezza
  23. The House of the Seven Tails
  24. The Book Diva’s Reads (US)
  25. Colorimetry
  26. Roof Beam Reader
  27. Kate’s Library
  28. Minding Spot (US)
  29. Silver’s Reviews (US)
  30. Book’d Out
  31. Fingers & Prose (US)
  32. Chocolate and Croissants
  33. Scattered Figments
  34. Lucybird’s Book Blog
  35. The Book Club Blog
  1. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  2. The Book Stop
  3. Reflections from the Hinterland (US)
  4. Lena Sledge’s Blog
  5. Read in a Single Sitting
  6. The Little Reader Library (UK)
  7. The Blue Bookcase (US)
  8. 1morechapter (US)
  9. The Reading and Life of a Bookworm
  10. Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  11. My Sweepstakes City (US)
  12. De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)
  13. Exurbanis
  14. Sweeping Me (US/CA)
  15. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)
  16. Beauty Balm
  17. Uniflame Creates
  18. Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (US/CA)
  19. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  20. Nose in a book (Europe)
  21. Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews (US)
  22. Giraffe Days
  23. Page Plucker
  24. Based on a True Story
  25. Read, Write & Live
  26. Devin Berglund (N. America)
  27. Ephemeral Digest
  28. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  29. Annette Berglund (US)
  30. Book Nympho
  31. A Book Crazy, Jane Austen Lovin’ Gal (US)
  32. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity