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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
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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 🙂

 

The Classics, Easy or Hard?

21 Oct

Well I’m currently reading The Ambassadors – Henry James as part of a reading circle, and this is probably one of the few classic books that I have read.

But, the problem is, I’m struggling. I can’t get into the language and I can’t actually follow the plot at all.

So, I’m wondering if all classic books are like this, or whether it’s just this one. I am hoping not, because i WANT to enjoy these books but i cant get into it. Also, i know many people who regularly  read the classics, but maybe I’m not clever  enough for them.