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The Borrowers – Mary Norton *Reading Challenge Recap*

17 Oct

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Challenge – Ultimate Book Guide #3/672

Series – The Borrowers (I read the series back in 2013 – If you click on the links it will take you back to my original reviews)

Synopsis – The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty’s father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll’s teacup without breaking it. Girls weren’t supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house…

My Thoughts – I won’t post my thoughts again as the links are above – so if your interested to what I thought at the time then feel free to check out my reviews!

Rating – On average I rated the series 4/5

Recommendations – The Borrowers is the only title listed in the book so the rest of the series is recommended, The Piemakers – Helen Cresswell (Challenge Book), Charlottes Web – E.B. White (Challenge Book)

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September 2018 Reading Wrap Up

8 Oct

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So September has been and gone now and I’m writing this a little late due to my early new arrival! I had a really good reading month in September – probably the best I’ve had for a number of years. I managed to read and listen to 9 books which is pretty good going for me!

19) When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher. This was ok – good chick lit to fall into.

20) Their Lost Daughters – Joy Ellis – This book has really hooked me into audiobooks. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel of this that is released this month.

21) This is Going to hurt – Adam Kay – a really good insight into what its like to be a junior doctor in the nhs.

22) Delirium – Lauren Oliver – A really good first in the series trilogy

23) Children of the deterrent – Ian W. Sainsbury – Really good young adult book.

24) Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver – Really good follow-up book to the first in the trilogy.

25) The Visitor – K. L. Slater – I didn’t enjoy this one too much

26) Requiem – Lauren Oliver – I was a bit disappointed with the books ending.

27)Differently Morphous – Yahtzee Croshaw – I didn’t really get this book.

There was a total of 4 normal books and 5 audiobooks.

Currently reading

In book form I’m currently reading Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver as it was part of the box set I brought. I’m hoping that it will wrap up some of the loose ends to the final book of the trilogy.

In audiobook form I’m currently listening to Halfheroes by Ian W. Sainsbury. This is the next in the series to Children of the deterrent.

Books Brought

I didn’t really keep a track of what I brought this month so I’ll log better next month.

Reading Challenge Updates

I’ve been working this month at getting the 3 different lists updated and ready for me to start to get posts written about the books that I’ve already read. I’ve also got a few drafted ready to go live once my last list is finished!

 

2018 – What I have read so far

22 Jun

Well its been so long since I posted a review that i thought I would ease myself back in with a little wrap up of what I have read so far this year. I havent read loads this year however according to goodreads I’ve read 12 of my goal of 52 books (one a week!)

I always used to read more but I am struggling to find the time with so much else going on in life but once i pick up a book then I really do enjoy it. I do wish that the book buying would curb a little but thats another blog post!

Here are my stats from the last few years – my worst reading year was 2014 – the year i fell pregnant with my first and only managed 18 books. I’m wondering if pregnancy does something to my brain to allow it not to read as much!

Books read 2010 – 56
Books read 2011 – 76
Books read 2012 – 76
Books read 2013 – 40
Books read 2014 – 18
Books read 2015 – 42
Books read 2016 – 37
Books read 2017 – 24

So on to what I’ve been reading this year.

  1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. This was a book that had been on my wishlist for ages with all the hype surrounding it. I enjoyed it- however it wasnt a great memeorable book for me – but I do tend to find that with ‘popular’ books!
  2. The Party – Robyn Harding. This was ok. The plot was really guessable though but it was an easy book to get into.
  3. Mum to Mum – Coleen Nolan. Again an ok book but to me it was just an advice column that had been put into book form. It was quite good reading about her experiences as a mum as I do find that really interesting.
  4. The Excalibur Codex – James Douglas. This was a book set around King Arthur which I really found innteresting. This was a really good thriller book and Ireally enjoyed it.
  5. Roxys Baby – Catherine Macphail. I read this as it was on one or more of my reading challenges – I think maybe the Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge but I will check! I didnt enjoy this at all – I didnt think it was too well written or very likely a plot!
  6. The Legacy – Katherine Webb. I enjoyed this story and how the different generations of the family all blended up into one story.
  7. I Let Him Go – Denise Fergus. This was an absolutly harrowing read. My boy is slightly older than James Bulger was at the time of his disapearance and I can only imagine what his poor mother went through. A raw, emotional story written in a beautiful way.
  8. 2017:War with Russia – Richard Shirreff. My OH brought me this as he was listening to the audio version and he enjoyed this book. Its not my normal genre but i did really enjoy it.
  9. How to be Happy – Eva Woods. This is a really emotional story about a woman living with cancer and I have to say its changed my outlook a little. For example, if you are not happy with an area of your life – then change it. I understand that it is easier said than done more than most people but if you hate your job – change it. Unhappy in your relationship – change it. There is no point in life in moaning that you are unhappy but not willing to do anything about it. This book will stay with me for a long time.
  10. Howards End is On The Landing – Susan Hill. This has been on my TBR list for ages but again I idnt enjoy it loads. There is something about ‘classic’ books that put me off. Although the idea in itself is good – read your own books for a year. I just wish I could do it!
  11. Why Mummy Drinks – Gill Sims. I laughed out loud at this. A lot. This was brilliant. There are so many misconceptions about being a perfect parent and the author of this book hits the nail on the head perfectly. Most mums would love to give there kids a healthy breakfast whilst listening to an audiobook or something but the reality is you normally end up chucking coco-pops in front of them whilst they watch peppa pig – so you can wake up with a big mug of something caffinated to start your day! A really good truthful book.
  12. Baby Boom – Helen Wallen. This book is about 3 friends who are at different stages in there lives and its another book that I wish i had read during my first pregnancy. It was really good and would definitaly be one I’d recommend!

So thats all the books that I’ve read so far this year – i might go back and do some proper reviews on these but they are at least on here now!

I’ve got lots of ideas for other book related blog posts in the near future and I’m very excited to be writing again!

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 random.org. 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

Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge – 2011 Wrap Up

3 Jan

This is the first year that I’ve taken part in this challenge properly. This challenge is good because i kind of missed out on a lot of ‘teen’ books during my teens so now I’m going back to re-visit.

Books Read in 2011

1 – The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold This book is nothing short of harrowing. It was quite a difficult book to read at times.
2 – The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis Although this was quite a short book, i did find it quite difficult to read as it was letters to do with God and the devil.
3 – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ~ John Boyne This was another very harrowing read, but one that should be read by everyone
4 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien This was my first time reading this and its brilliant.
5 – The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy- J.R.R Tolkien An absolutly fabulous trilogy, i neeed to go back and read this again one day.
6 – Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham I really enjoyed this book, one of my favourites of the year
7 – A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving I really didnt like this book at all 😦
8 – Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella This is fabulous, i cant wait to read more in the series.

So i managed eight this year, not bad but next year I’m going to aim for 12 books.

Percentage Complete – 2.97

Books on TBR at the end of 2011 – 22

Books on Wishlist – 30

Target for 2012 – 12

Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum – Mark Stevens

2 Jan

Started – 25.12.11

Finished – 31.12.11

Format – Kindle

 

Synopsis – Broadmoor Revealed gives the reader a glimpse behind the walls of England’s first Criminal Lunatic Asylum.

Focused on the Victorian period, the book tells the stories of some of the hospital’s best-known patients. There is Edward Oxford, who shot at Queen Victoria, and Richard Dadd, the brilliant artist and murderer of his father. There is also William Chester Minor, the surgeon from America who killed a stranger in London, and then played a key part in creating the world’s finest dictionary. Finally, there is Christiana Edmunds, ‘The Chocolate Cream Poisoner’ and frustrated lover.

To these four tales are added new ones, previously unknown. There were five women who went on to become mothers in Broadmoor, giving birth to life when three of them had previously taken it. Then there were the numerous escapes, actual and attempted, as the first doctors tried to assert control over their residents.

These are stories from the edge of where true crime meets mental illness. Broadmoor Revealed recounts what life was like for the criminally insane, over one hundred years ago.

 

My Thoughts – This was the first book that i read on my Kindle. This book was really insightful into what life was like within the victorian prison system. I did think that it was slightly shocking sometimes into what people in that time went to prison for, and sometimes sentanced to death for, for example stealing a coat or simular things like that.

 

This book covered various topics like the most well known broadmoor inmates, both male and female, broadmoor babies, security, escapes, what life was actually like within the prison. It also focused on a few key people that lived within the prison and it was fasinating to read about what they had done to land themselves in prison and how they lived while in the prison too.

 

I havent read all that much non fiction before but this was really good and interesting and the best part was it was actually a kindle freebie. This is really recommended.

 

Rating – 4.5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? 7th November

7 Nov

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme held over on Book Journey.

I’ve had a hugely busy week this week, my boyfriend has moved house and has been off work so ive been spending all my available time with him until he started his new job!

Books Read

I read just the one book last week, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I read this for the November reading circle over on the BCF. I really enjoyed this book, this my my first by this author and i will definitaly be reading more! i didnt even guess who the murderer was either!

Reading Now

I’m currently reading My Best Friends Girl by Dorothy Koomson. I read half of this book in one sitting yesterday, its such a sad book, it had me sobbing, but at the same time its very good.

Reading Next

The next book off my massive TBR pile is Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve never read a book by this author but have heard that they are really good.

Books Brought

Just the one book this week, Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill. It has been on my wishlist for the last year or so and i was hooked by the synopsis.

Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again. A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill’s eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years. Howard’s End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of the nation’s most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.

Happy reading week everyone 🙂