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Its Monday! What are you Reading? 24th November

24 Nov

Well I havent taken part in this meme for ages and ages or in fact blogged about anything! So much has changed for me in the past year its unbelievable. Currently sat next to me in his bouncy chair is my new baby – Ethan! Yes thats right I have a mini bookworm now aged at 4 weeks old! I love being a mum so much but as you can imagine my reading has taken a bit of a dive but I am going to try and keep a record again of what I’ve been reading!

What have I read in the past week?

I read one book last week – Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain. She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as her books hook you in and really keep you reading until the end. This book was about a girl who had set fire to a church previously and this was all about the fall out a year later. The only annoying thing about this book was it was a sequel to a previous book and I didn’t realise. However it did do brilliantly as a stand alone book and everything was explained – Just my OCD with reading books in the right order was put out!

What am I reading at the minute?

At the minute I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Its one of those books that everyone loves and I do feel the added pressure to love it too. It does have all the things in it that I enjoy reading about – books about books, set in the second world war and also a setting of Nazi Germany. It was a little hard to get into to start with but I am getting into it now!

What am I going to read next?

I’m not too sure what I’m going to read next as I’m taking a bit more of a relaxed approach to my reading now but I do have the following books lined up;

  • The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Dear John – Nicholas Sparks
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Its Monday! What are you Reading? (4th June)

4 Jun

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’ve had a lovely chilled out week. I have been on holiday from work and spent it all with my boyfriend. Its made me realise what i want and what i need to do to get it 🙂

Books Read

I finished one book in the last week, an e-book. This was Shades of Grey by Michael Cargill. Now its worth pointing out that there are several books out at the minute with very similar titles. This is a book made up of three short stories. I enjoyed the first two stories but i felt that the third book didn’t fit with the rest of the stories.

Reading Now

In book form I’m currently reading The Difference A Day Makes by Carole Matthews. This is a chick lit book, but i am in the mood to read something light and fluffy. I do enjoy Carole Matthews books, they are always good to read, but also with a serious message behind them.

On my kindle I’m currently reading Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. This is the choice for the June reading circle over on the BCF. I am loving this book, I was a little bit wary about reading this book as it’s a classic and i struggle a bit with them, but i really am enjoying it and it’s quite easy reading.

Next up

Next up is a book that has been picked for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge over on the BCF. It is The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan. I hadn’t heard of the book before, but it sounds really good!

Books Brought

I didnt buy this book, i won it! I won Hollow Pike by James Dawson in a competition on the BCF. I cant wait to read this book it sounds interesting.

SynopsisSomething wicked this way comes… She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she’s being paranoid – after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you’re alone in the woods, after dark – and a twig snaps… Hollow Pike – where witchcraft never sleeps

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? (28th May)

28 May

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 hadn’t finished any books and didnt want to post the same as the previous week, just for the posting. But i am off work on holiday until next Tuesday and i am hoping to get lots and lots of reading in the sunshine 🙂

Books Read

I finished two books, one paperback and one e-book. The paper book i finished was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Wow i loved this book, i am definitely now a twilight fan. I was put off reading this book before because of all the hype and all of the teenage girls that seem to like it, but i loved it. i cant wait to read the next book in the series.

On my kindle i read Ellie Foster’s English Coursework by Tina Orr Monro. This is a fantastic Young Adult book. It is about Ellie Foster who goes to Greece for two weeks with her family. It takes the form of a diary and she writes all her teenage angst into it. It is really good, perfect for teenage girls.

Reading Now

In book form I’m currently reading The Difference A Day Makes by Carole Matthews. This is a chick lit book, but i am in the mood to read something light and fluffy. I do enjoy Carole Matthews books, they are always good to read, but also with a serious message behind them.

On my kindle I’m currently reading Shades of Grey by Michael Cargill. I won this book in a giveaway and I’m  really enjoying it. It is a collection of short stories and i think the main theme surrounding them is war, i think!

Next up

Next up is a book that has been picked for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge over on the BCF. It is The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan. I hadn’t heard of the book before, but it sounds really good!

Synopsis – Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while creating her own brand of destiny. She discovers answers in everyday actions and attitudes-from writing stories, decorating her house with charms, learning to ski, and living with squirrels, to dealing with three members of her family afflicted with brain disease, surviving natural disasters, and shaking off both family curses and the expectations that she should become a doctor and a concert pianist.

With the same spirit, humor, and magic that characterize her beloved novels, Amy Tan presents a refreshing antidote to the world-weariness and uncertainties we face today, contemplating how things happen-in her own life and beyond-but always returning to the question of fate and its opposites: the choices, charms, influences, attitudes, and lucky accidents that shape us all.

Books Brought

I brought one book in the last week, The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan.

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? (14th May)

14 May

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.

Books Read

Over the last week i finished one book, Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. This book is a slightly zombie book, and is basically about a virus being released on Britain’s wildlife. This book is so so so good, its not my usual genre that i love, but this was fantastic. A highly recommended book.

Reading Now

In book form I’m currently reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This is my first read of this popular series as when it came out i was put off by all of the hype surrounding it. I am actually quite disappointed that i didnt read it sooner. I am loving this book, the only downside i have is i have already seen the film so i do know what is going to happen.

On my kindle I’m currently reading Ellie Foster’s English Coursework by Tina Orr Monro. I downloaded this as it was free for a day on amazon and it is very enjoyable. It takes the form of a teenage girls diary, its been compared to The Diary of Adrian Mole by some, and its a really good YA book! I was reading this book this time last week, but i havent had much kindle time over the last week.

Next up

Next up is a book off my huge TBR pile, The Difference a Day Makes by Carole Matthews. This author is one of my favourites and her books never fail to disappoint. I’m really looking forward to this book.

Synopsis William and Amy Ashurst are typical townies, dedicated professionals at the top of their tree, with two adorable children and an au pair who cooks, cleans and cares for them all. Then one day Will collapses on his way into work and he decides he’s never going back.

So it is that, three months later, Amy is standing outside Helmshill Grange, a sullen monstrosity of a house, deep in the Yorkshire moors, with their own land as far as the eye can see. It’s what William says he’s always wanted, which is slightly worrying as he couldn’t be bothered to do his own gardening in Notting Hill, and would rather pick up a book than a spade. Within days, Will’s traded in their brand new Audi for a clapped out Land Rover, and brought home chickens, goats, sheep, a serial-killer cat and a mad dog. Then tragedy strikes and Amy learns that it’s one thing living the dream, but when the dream’s not your own, how long can it last?

Books Brought

I didnt buy any books this week, but i did download some freebies.

 

So, What are you reading this week?

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (7th May)

7 May

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 🙂 I didn’t get a chance to take part last week as i was suffering with the flu, but im all better now 😀

Books Read

Over the last week i finished two books. The first i finished was a book on my kindle, A Flicker of Light by Roberta Kagan.  This was a book set in Nazi Germany and centred on a girl who had to live through the regime. This book is quite shocking, mainly due to the fact that this could have been true. There were so many heartbreaking points and it really illustrated what it could have been like to live there. The cover of the book is really beautiful too.

The second book i finished was I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This was the choice for the May reading circle over on the BCF and i have to say I’m so pleased that i have finally read this book. It is up there with one of my favourite books ever and it will be going on my keep shelf. It is a brilliant book.

Reading Now

In book form I’m reading Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. I got this book from the publisher Transworld, who sent this copy to me to early review. The book is out this week so I’m reading it now. I’ve not read all that much of it yet, but I’m liking it so far!

On my kindle I’m currently reading Ellie Foster’s English Coursework by Tina Orr Monro. I downloaded this as it was free for a day on amazon and it is very enjoyable. It takes the form of a teenage girls diary, its been compared to The Diary of Adrian Mole by some, and its a really good YA book!

Next up

Next up is a book off my TBR pile, a book that probably everyone else in the world has read but i havent. Next up off my TBR is Twilight by Stephanie Mayer. I wasnt at all interested in this book when it came out, Team Jacob, Team Edward, Team who cares? But I’ve seen the movies (a rarity for me!) so I’ve decided to try to read the book.

Synopsis –When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town.

 But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

 Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away – until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car.

 Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward’s coldness. He, and his family, are vampires – and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

Books Brought

I brought one book last week, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. This is another book that ive heard loads about but have never read. The only thing i have putting me off about this book is that it is massive!

Synopsis – Step into Victorian London and meet our heroine, Sugar – a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can – and the host of unforgettable characters that make up her world.

So, What are you Reading?

 

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? (2nd April)

2 Apr

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme held over on Book Journey by Sheila. Its a great place for book lovers to discuss their week in reading.

Books Read

Over the last week i managed 3 books! At the minute my mojo seems to be at a high, shhh though, dont scare it away 🙂

The first book i finished was One Child by Torey Hayden. I read this in paperback form. I enjoyed this book, but it was very harrowing. It is a true story about a child who has had an awful start in life. It was a good book, but so upsetting and shocking.

The second book i finished was The Firestone Crystal by Linda M. David. I really really really enjoyed this book, i was so sorry that it ended. It is a fantastic  young adult/sci-fi book that should appeal to readers of all ages.

The third book i finished was Hell of a Salesman by Timothy Brooks. This is the type of environment that i work in so it really appealed to me. I do have to add that I’m not a pushy saleswoman, i just answer the phones in the office! A great insight into the world of salesmen.

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Reading Now

In book form I’m currently reading Strike Back by Chris Ryan. This is my first dip into the authors books and i have to say i am quite enjoying it. I’m only about 100 pages or so into it at the minute, but everytime i pick it up i cant put it down again.

On my kindle I’m reading Sin and Sacrifice by Danielle Bourdon. This is the first book in a trilogy (The Daughters of Eve), which i own all of. I am only a couple of pages into it, so I wont say anything on it yet.

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Next Up

The next book I’m going to read is The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing. This is the choice for the April Reading Circle on the BCF. This book sounds interesting and i cant wait to start it.

Synopsis –A classic tale from Doris Lessing, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007, of a family torn apart by the arrival of Ben, their feral fifth child.

‘Listening to the laughter, the sounds of children playing, Harriet and David would reach for each other’s hand, and smile, and breathe happiness.’

Four children, a beautiful old house, the love of relatives and friends, Harriet and David Lovatt’s life is a glorious hymn to domestic bliss and old-fashioned family values. But when their fifth child is born, a sickly and implacable shadow is cast over this tender idyll. Large and ugly, violent and uncontrollable, the infant Ben, ‘full of cold dislike’, tears at Harriet’s breast. Struggling to care for her new-born child, faced with a darkness and a strange defiance she has never known before, Harriet is deeply afraid of what, exactly, she has brought into the world…

Books Brought

I brought two books in the last week, one was The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing and the second was Before We Say Goodbye by Doris Lessing.

Its Monday! What Are You Reading (13th Feb)

13 Feb

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held over on Book Journey, it’s a brilliant place to catch up on everyone’s reading for the week. February is starting to be a good reading month for me, I finished another two books this week.

Books Read

The first book i finished was The Love Trainer by Julia Llewellyn. This book was okay, but I couldn’t really connect with the characters very well, and in the end I kind of skim read the last 50 or so pages.

 

 

 

 

The second book i finished was The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister by Nonna Bannister. This is the most harrowing holocaust story I have ever read, it just made me think how horrible it must have been for people living during that time, and that they must never be forgotten.

 

 

 

Reading Now

In book form I’m currently reading Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White. This book has been picked has the choice for the february reading circle over on the BCF. I know, better late than never, but I’m trying to catch up on my books. I can’t really say much about this as I’m only a couple of pages into it.

 

In kindle form I’m reading Out of Time by Deborah Truscott. This book is about a woman who inherits an old house and with it a man who has fallen through time.This started off very slowly, so much so that I almost gave up on it. I’m quite glad I didn’t because it’s started to pick up the pace a little and im enjoying it more.

 

 

Reading Next

Next up off my huge TBR pile is my personalised copy of Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard. I won this in a competition in 2010 and have been looking forward to reading it ever since.

 

Books Brought

I brought one book last week, a re-read for me, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.