Archive | November, 2012

The Marlowe Conspiracy by M. G. Scarsbrook

27 Nov


Started – 13/11/12
Finished – 27/11/12
Format – Kindle e-book

Synopsis – 1593, Elizabethan England: In a turbulent time of wars, famine, and religious persecution, Christopher Marlowe struggles to balance his life as England’s most popular playwright with his duties as a government spy.

Suddenly, when he falls under suspicion of atheism, a capital crime, Marlowe fears his many powerful enemies have launched a conspiracy to have him executed.

With only a few days to clear his name, he quickly enlists the aid of a young William Shakespeare – one of the few friends he can still trust. Together, they race through Marlowe’s tangled life of crime, espionage, and noble connections to expose the conspiracy and save him from the hangman’s noose.

My thoughts – I downloaded this book on my kindle earlier in the year as I love Shakespeare and as he appears in this work of fiction I thought this would be a good book to read.

Although Shakespeare appears in this book it’s more about Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe and his life as a playwright and also as a spy for the Queen. I wasn’t overly familiar with him before I read this book but as I was reading it I was researching him and others in the book.

Sometimes I find it quite difficult to read about real people in fiction but this book was very well done and I really enjoyed it.

This book was very good and had many twists and turns in the plot. I did enjoy reading this book however as I was ill while reading this book it kind of put me off a little although this should be no reflection on the book itself.

I think many people will enjoy reading this book especially fans of the time period of Elizabeth I and those that are interested in reading about real life people in fiction.

Rating – 3.5/5

Where am I?

27 Nov

Well that’s a question that I’ve been asking myself recently. I have been busy and ill over the last week so I’ve had no time at all!

I’ve had a horrible cyst on my leg that has made me feel rubbish so much so that over the weekend I’ve hardly been able to move! Thankfully it’s now healing after bursting on me Sunday evening, which was not pleasant!

My reading mojo has completely deserted me I have no idea why either, I want to read I really do but I just can’t seem to want to pick up a book.

Ive lost my netbook charger so I can’t access any of my files on that or go on the Internet so that’s kind of a reason for my lack of posting too.

On a more positive note I’ve brought myself an iPad. I have been thinking about it for a while but got one last week and I love it. I don’t know how I would have coped without it and I’ve now just figured out how to post on my blog from it

Hopefully my mojo will return soon so I can read some of my lovely books 🙂

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (19th November)

19 Nov


Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

i didnt take part last week as i hadnt read anything new! I’ve had a very busy week again running about doing stuff and the highlight for me was watching Breaking Dawn part 2. This was amazing!

Books Read

Over the past week ive read one book, Trixie Trader by Helen Dunne. This was a chick lit book that i had on my shelf for a couple of years and i have to say i didnt enjoy it too much. I couldnt really warm to Trixie and she really annoyed me. Still, this would have probably been better as a beach read!

Reading Now

At the minute I’m currently reading The Marlowe Conspiracy by M. G. Scarsbrook. This book is set in the period of Elizabeth I and has not only her but Christopher Malowe and William Shakespeare in as a work of fiction. Its very good and is all about spying and things like that. I am enjoying it, not bad for a kindle freebie!

Next Up

Next up is a book that has been on my shelf for a long time, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. This is a book that ive wanted to read for a long time even if it has been made into a film. I havent watched it yet, but once ive read the book i will do!

Synopsis – Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.

Books Brought

None this week!



Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 2

17 Nov

So yesterday i went to watch Breaking Dawn Part two with some friends. For me the Twilight Saga is a series of books and films that ive actually watched the films before reading the books. I have actually read the first book in the series and have the others on my shelves.
Well i was very excited to finally get to see this film and even being able to watch it on the day it came out here was brilliant! I dont want to go into what happens as its the last in the series and some people might not know what goes on.
I did really enjoy it and i sat through some parts with my mouth wide open, i couldnt believe what happened in some parts. I think this was the perfect end to the series but i wish there was more, maybe something about the wolves maybe!

An amazing film!

Trixie Trader – Helen Dunne

14 Nov

Started – 4/11/12

Finished – 13/11/12

Format – Paperback Book


Synopsis – When City banker Trixie is told by her boss that she’s had one long lunch too many and that she has six weeks to hook a serious deal or she’s out on the street, she knows that it’s time to roll up those sleeves on her little Armani suit and get to work. Ruthless tactics are required, especially if she’s not to be sidetracked by her divine new colleague in sales, the adorably Irish Ciaran. Trixie rallies her troops, led by her friends Julie and Bloodhound, and a deal is sighted. Only trouble is,Trixie may have to compromise herself in unspeakable ways to get it. Locale: The City of London & chic, trendy Central London.


My Thoughts – I’ve had this book on my shelf since 2010 when i went through a massive chick lit phase. Nowadays im not too keen on this genre but i will still read it occasionally.


This book is about Trixie who works in the city as something to do with banking. She likes to spend her money more than work and she doesnt really put all that much effort into her work since splitting up with her ex, Sam, who also works in banking. Trixie is given an ultimatium, either bring some money into the bank or loose her job. Trixie then tries to bring money in and along the way encounters dinner parties, trips to new york, a new love interest and an old love interest.


I couldnt really warm to the character of Trixie, i found her very hard and the fact that she was only out to look out for number one and wasnt really bothered on who she hurt on the way as long as she was ok. I did also figure out who lily was and i felt that this was quite a mean thing to do.


This book is quite a short read, a little over 200 pages and would be ok for reading on a beach or something like that but i dont think it would be one that i would read again.


Rating – 3/5

WWW Wednesdays (14th November)

14 Nov

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 The Marlowe Conspiracy by M. G. Scarsbrook. I only started this last night but am already a fair bit into this book. its a work of fiction and has Christopher Malowe and William Shakespeare in it. So far its very good.

What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve finished reading Trixie Trader by Helen Dunne. This was a chick lit book and i have to say i didnt like it very much. I couldnt relate to Trixie and i felt like this book dragged despite only being a couple of hundred pages long.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up is a book off my shelf, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I brought this as it was made into a film and i wanted to read the book before i watched it!

World Book Night 2013 – Shortlist Announced!

13 Nov

I love World Book Night, I’m even doing the 2012 Longlist reading challenge and i was so excited to see the shortlist announced for 2013. There are some really good books on there and i really want to read some of them.

  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. This is one of the books on the list that i havent heard of. its set in Ireland and is about a woman who has spent most of her adult life in Rosecommon Regional Mental Hospital. This does sound very good.
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This is a book that i have had my wishlist for a very long time. Its a dystopian novel, something i like, and the first in a series, something I LOVE, and it sounds very good. A couple of people who want to be together but cant because of what they are.
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. This is another that ive wanted to read for a very long time. Its set in 17th Century Holland and when a new maid joins a household the scandal seeps out into the nearby village.
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. This book is about Thursday Next and her adventures in 1985. I havent read this but its on the wishlist along with the others in the series. The covers of these books are so lovely too.
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. This is one of the many James Bond books, I’m ashamed to say that i have never read one of the books or seen any of the films. One day.
  • The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. This book is about Elizabeth Woodville, the white queen and is set in the time of War of the Roses. A must read for those that love historical romance.
  • A Little History of the World by E.H Gombrich. This book tells the story of man from the stone age to the atom bomb.  I’m not a massive fan of books like this, but even i could be tempted to read this one.
  • Little Face by Sophie Hannah. This book is about a woman who returns home and the baby that is there is not her own. How can she prove that she is not going mad? I hadnt heard of this one until now but it sounds brilliant.
  • Damage by Josephine Hart. This book has been described as ‘one of the most chilling explorations of physical passion and dark, obsessive love ever written. ‘ Now this is not my normal type of book, but it does sound intriguing.
  • The Island by Victoria Hislop. Alexis travels to a Greek Island to try and find out about her mothers past. When she gets there she discovers a secret that has been hidden in the family for years. I do already have this book on my shelf!
  • Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay. A woman tries to trace her birth parents when she is pregnant to try and find out where she came from and what lies ahead of her. This does seem like it could be a tear jerker.
  • Last Night Another Soldier… by Andy McNab. This is a book set in the war in Afghanistan, and told from the view of for squaddies. I am a massive Andy Mcnab fan and his books are brilliant.
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This is a story about Lou and Will and the impact they have on each others lives. I havent read this thinking it would be too chick lit like, but everyone seems to love it so maybe i will one day.
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This is a book about Todd who can hear the thoughts of others in his town and they can hear his too. There is secrets that have been kept from him too. I havent read this but i want too.
  • The Reader by Bernard Schlink. A fifteen year old boy meets an older woman and they embark on a passionate affair. Years later it is discovered who this woman is and the secrets that she is trying to hide.
  • No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. A woman in Botswana solves the crimes of others in an old fashioned way. This book is on my wishlist.
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Jim Hawkins goes on a journey to try and find what is marked at ‘X’. A classic book that many have enjoyed.
  • The Road Home by Rose Tremain. Lev travels from Eastern Europe to Britain leaving behind horrors and in search of a better life. This is a book that is quite current at the minute.
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. I dont really have any way of re-phrasing this book so im leaving the link in.
  • Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner.  Same with this book.

There seems to be a massive variety of books on the list this year and i cant wait to read some of them.

So, have you read any of them? Or want too?