Tuesday, 5 November 2013

An update from a very bad leader!!!

Hello fellow readers ^_^
I know!! I am a terrible leader of the group! It has been far too long since my last update. Sorry!*hangs head in shame* !

So, as you may or may not know....if not then wow! How did you manage to miss my endless ramblings!! LOL. lucky you ^_- I tied in my 50 book challenge with a fund raiser for the RNIB. I did pretty well I think (made over £100 for them! ) and it did make me get my bum in gear with my challenge too and encouraged me to read lots more. So the fund raiser is over, but my challenge goes on ^_^
Here is my updated list....

50 Book Challenge.

1.Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
3.Paulo Coelho Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias.
4.Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
5.Merlin. The Prophet and his History by Geoffrey Ashe.
6.Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer.
7.Wilkins' Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones.
8.The Skeleton in the Closet by M.C.Beaton.
9.The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart
10.The Happiness of Hazelbrook
11.Murder in The Museum by Simon Brett.
12. Three Houses by Angela Thirkell
13. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams.
14.Enchantment by Donald Spoto.
15 The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
16. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
17.Death of a Hussy by M.C.Beaton
18. Game of Thrones by George R R Martin.
19.My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier.
20. Stravaganza City of Masks by Mary Hoffman.
21. The Bubblegum Tree by Alexander McCall Smith.
22.Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon.
23.Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.
24. Snow White and the Huntsman by Lily Blake.
25.The Red Quenn by Philippa Gregory.
26. Nostradamus Ate my Hamster by Robert Rankin.
27. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.
28.The Amazing Compedium of Edward Magorium by N E Bode
29. The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philppa Gregory
30 The Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean by Alexander McCall Smith
31 Stuart Little by E B White
32. The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie
33. Checkmate by Malorie Balckman
34.The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker


I'll do a lil ramble about the ones I think I have not rambled at you about already! ^_^ 
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon was awesome! A lovely FB friend has sent me nearly the entire set of these books now! i highly recommend.  It has stone circles, and time travel and a kilted highland lover and some sauciness! What more can you need ^_^

The Malorie Blackman books are amazing! I really loved those. Unputtdownables for sure.

Snow White and the Huntsman was alright. A nice quick read. I like the movie more ^_^

The Red Queen was brilliant. Ditto the Kingmaker's Daughter, although it took me a while to get into that one.

Nostradamus ate my hamster...was kinda funny kinda very odd! lol

Mr Magorium was a sweet read.

Harriet Bean and Stuart Little were a little bit cheaty! They were nice and quick to read and took my fundraiser up past 30. 


The Dalai Lama's Cat is a lovely book.I really enjoyed that one and look forward to the sequal ^_^


The Frog Princess was pretty sweet to read. I have the next two books to read too. 

At the moment I am reading The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn. Pure vampire nonsens ^_^ Bliss! lol

So, I know I have not sent out the little gifts to celebrate Laura reaching her first 50 books....at this rate she will reach 100 before I get round to it! I will get a little something out to everyone I promise. I am just not sure when!

happy reading lovely peeps
Oceans of love
XOX

Monday, 30 September 2013

Books, Books and more books!

I can't believe it had been 7 weeks since my last update. I've been having a good old read and here are my latest reads.

First on the list for the update is another Katie Fforde. I do tend to read everything by an author when I find one I love. So this one was Paradise Fields. It was a fairly typical Chick lit style book but a lovely read all the same.

Next was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is one of my childhood favourites and a joy to re-read after many years. My son is starting to read children's novels rather than just picture books and easy readers and its wonderful to see him enjoying authors such as Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and now Cressida Cowell, author of the How to train a dragon books.

Having enjoyed the White Giraffe I found 3 more books by the same author in the library over the summer and read the second in the series called Dolphin Song. It was another lovely read and I'm on the look out for the last 2 in the series. Lauren St John has also written a set of children's mysteries set in Cornwall about another Orphaned girl sent to live with her uncle. Lovely stories again and I've read the first two in the Laura Marlin series Dead Man's Cove and Kidnap in the Caribbean.

I also re-read Is it just me by Miranda Hart and the last book on the list is How to train a dragon. Very funny book and we have just gotten the second in the series out of the library so that will be read in the next 3 weeks.

So here is the current list...
  1. The Inside Track Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
  7. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - Finished 18.02.13
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance - MC Beaton - Finished 22.02.13
  9. From Doon with Death - Ruth Rendell - Finished 26.02.13
  10. Crazy in love - Chrissy Manby - Finished 03.03.13
  11. The Best man to die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 13.03.13
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble/Hells Bells - MC Beaton - Finished 14.03.13
  13. The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan - finished 20.03.13
  14. Some Lie and Some Die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 15.04.13
  15. Murder in the museum - Simon Brett - finished 08.05.13
  16. Nadia Knows best - Jill Mansell - finished 11.05.13
  17. Falling for you - Jill Mansell - Finished 17.05.13
  18. Flora's Lot - Katie Fforde - Finished 25.05.13
  19. Going Dutch - Katie Fforde - finished 04.06.13
  20. Life Skills - Katie Fforde - finished 19.06.13
  21. Thyme Out - Katie Fforde - Finished 01.07.13
  22. Restoring Grace - Katie Fforde - finished 13.07.13
  23. Stately Pursuits - Katie Fforde - Finished 28.07.13
  24. Practically Perfect - Katie Fforde - finished 09.08.13
  25. The White Giraffe - Lauren St John - finished 11.08.13
  26. Paradise Fields - Katie Fforde - Finished 22.08.13
  27. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - Finished 30.08.13
  28. Dolphin Song - Lauren St John - Finished 05.09.13
  29. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - finished 12.09.13
  30. How to train your dragon - Cresidda Cowell - finished 21.09.13
  31. Dead Man's Cove - Lauren St John - 24.09.13
  32. Kidnap in the Carribean - Lauren St John 26.09.13
So there is where I'm at presently. I'd love to get to 40 by 15th November as that marks the finishing of the first book on the list.

Happy reading

Monday, 26 August 2013

Hello greetings salutations ^_^

Howdy fellow readers ^_^

Today I thought I'd do a little welcome thingy for Teresa ^_^ She has decided to join us here in Wonderland, so welcome Teresa *waves*

Also, Laura has reached her 50 books! Woohoo, massive happy hugs for you Laura *hugs* Laura has decided to up her challenge to 100 books! Cool ^_^

In celebration I will be sending out a little something to everyone in the group. It may take me a day or a  week or three! but something will be winging it's way to you all. This will happen every time someone reaches their target I think.^_^ It seems a nice way to celebrate ^_^

I am half way through a book called Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon. It has nothing to do with following a chart or DMC threads ^_^ It is brilliant though! i am really enjoying it.

Happy reading my lovelies.

Oceans of love
XOX

Thursday, 15 August 2013

A lil' book themed waffle at last! ^_^

Howdy fellow readers ^_^

4 updates to my list!! How's about that then ^_^

Game of Thrones by J R R Martin.
I thought I might not like reading this as I'd seen the TV series and I like to read things before watching them as for me they lose something otherwise. But! I was wrong! This did not lose anything for doing it the other way around and I still found myself thinking, 'OMG!! Run Arya!!', Or, No Sansa!!! Don't do it!!'  lol I really enjoyed going through the story again and look forward to reading more in the series.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier.
This was a really good read. You only ever see Rachel from one person't point of view, Philip. And I did kind of take an instant dislike to him! He was a little bratty and sulky! And in the end I thought he was a bit of a git! But! it was interesting reading Laura's notes on this book ^_^ And thinking how Daphne used this book to rid herself of feelings she had and how you can blind yourself to a person and the way they actually are. It's easy to put people on a pedestal and think they can do no wrong and to then feel slighted when they do and turn out to be not Godly but human after all. I think that's how Philip saw first, Ambrose, and then eventually Rachel. And he swung back and forth from love hate, mistrust, to trust, and then thinking he has it all worked out, when there may have been nothing to work out at all!  Yeah! I'm being cryptic! I don't want to give anything away for anyone who wants to read this. So, I enjoyed this one ^_^ Thanks Laura for doing the giveaway ^_^

Stravaganza City of Masks by Mary Hoffman.
This was brilliant! It's set in our world with a cross over to a part of history that may have happened if Remus rather than Romulus had won through. Lucien is a young boy who has cancer and while he is recovering from his Chemo, his Dad finds him a notebook which becomes his means of travelling to Belezza. It's a really good story and I enjoyed it loads. It is a little sad towards the end, but not in a horrible way. Will definitely be looking out for the next one in the series. Again! thanks to Laura as she sent this to me ^_^ ( To Laura...am I seeing Daphne cross overs all over now or did this have elements of House on the Strand?? )

The Bubblegum Tree by Alexander McCall Smith.
This was a bit of fun. Definitely for younger readers but still enjoyed it! The bubblegum trees are being destroyed!!! Could this mean the end of the best bubble blowing gum in the world?!?! I'm not telling ^_-


So, here's how my list is looking now....


1.Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
3.Paulo Coelho Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias.
4.Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
5.Merlin. The Prophet and his History by Geoffrey Ashe.
6.Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer.
7.Wilkins' Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones.
8.The Skeleton in the Closet by M.C.Beaton.
9.The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart
10.The Happiness of Hazelbrook
11.Murder in The Museum by Simon Brett.
12. Three Houses by Angela Thirkell
13. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams.
14.Enchantment by Donald Spoto.
15 The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
16. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
17.Death of a Hussy by M.C.Beaton
18. Game of Thrones by George R R Martin.
19.My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier.
20. Stravaganza City of Masks by Mary Hoffman.
21. The Bubblegum Tree by Alexander McCall Smith.

Happy reading my lovelies ^_^
XOX

Monday, 12 August 2013

A big update from me.

I've been reading at my normal pace so I have a fair few books to tell you about depite not having blogged for a while. You can see this in my regular blog too that it's not been that regular!

My last entry saw me start my big Katie Fforde re-read and now I can add 6 more of her books to the list! My favourite is probably Going Dutch so that was next on the list, I then read Life Skills and Thyme Out followed by Restoring Grace and Stately Pursuits. I finished the last of my Katie Fforde-a-thon a couple of nights ago which was Practically Perfect. I've still about 8 of her books on my shelf and I looked up what books I didn't have of the authors so I think a trip to my favourite charity book shop may be in order.

The book I finnished last night was The White Giraffe by Lauren St John. Steph found this at a book sale and knowing my love of giraffes thought it might be a book for me. Although it is a childrens book probably aimed at the 11 - 13 age bracket, it was beautifully written and a captivating story of a little girl who is sent to South Africa following the death of her parents. It tells the tale of her isolation on the game reserve where she goes to live with the Grandma she has never met and the legend of the white giraffe, There are secrets to be uncovered with the poaching of the animals on the reserve and a strange boy at the school and of course her encounter with the white giraffe. It didnt feel like a childrens novel and I really couldn't put it down and managed to read it in 2 nights. I'd look out for other stories written by this Author as they are lovely tales.

  1. The Inside Track Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
  7. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - Finished 18.02.13
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance - MC Beaton - Finished 22.02.13
  9. From Doon with Death - Ruth Rendell - Finished 26.02.13
  10. Crazy in love - Chrissy Manby - Finished 03.03.13
  11. The Best man to die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 13.03.13
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble/Hells Bells - MC Beaton - Finished 14.03.13
  13. The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan - finished 20.03.13
  14. Some Lie and Some Die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 15.04.13
  15. Murder in the museum - Simon Brett - finished 08.05.13
  16. Nadia Knows best - Jill Mansell - finished 11.05.13
  17. Falling for you - Jill Mansell - Finished 17.05.13
  18. Flora's Lot - Katie Fforde - Finished 25.05.13
  19. Going Dutch - Katie Fforde - finished 04.06.13
  20. Life Skills - Katie Fforde - finished 19.06.13
  21. Thyme Out - Katie Fforde - Finished 01.07.13
  22. Restoring Grace - Katie Fforde - finished 13.07.13
  23. Stately Pursuits - Katie Fforde - Finished 28.07.13
  24. Practically Perfect - Katie Fforde - finished 09.08.13
  25. The White Giraffe - Lauren St John - finisshed 11.08.13
I can't believe I've hit the half way point. How fab! I think my next book will be the Hamish that Steph sent me recently.

Happy reading

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Update

Another update
Only one more book read and another on the way

Finished reading The Prisoner of Heaven. By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Started this a while ago and gave up , re read The Shadow of the Wind again

Waiting for the sequel now , The Shadow of the Wind  still rates as the best book I have read so far

Sunday, 21 July 2013

At last an update from me

It's been that long since I updated this I, ve forgot what what I've read

My list so far
1.  The stupidest angel. By Christopher Moore
2.  Meet me at the cupcake cafe.  By. Jenny Colgan
3.  Christmas in the cupcake cafe 
4.  The 100 year old man who ----  by . Jonas Jonason
5.  Birmingham rose. By. Anie murthy
6.  Wolf hall.  By Hilary mantel
7.  The woman who went to bed for a year.  Sue Townsend
8.  The life of pi .   By yarn 
9.  Rachel's holiday. By Marion keys 
10. The Kafenion . By Victoria Hislop
11. Anne of green gables . By 
12. The secret scriptures.  By 

Sorry I haven't completed this list by putting the authors names in , but google is playing up on my phone and if I save this , to edit later I' ll never get it published 


I really will have to pick up a book , I' ve gone far too long without reading one 

I finally got to spend my book token , which steph was so kind to send us all one 
I deliberated on which to buy , but after seeing steph's review of the mollie makes book Feathered Friends, and when I popped into waterstones, just to have a look , it jumped out on me from the
 shelf, a bargain , I highly recommend it , so Thankyou again steph 

I' ll try not to leve it so long next time 

Joan






Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Tis me at last!!

Since it was me who set this up I have to say I feel a tiny bit pants at keeping this blog going!

However! I do have two finishes to waffle about! So.....sit back and get ready to read some waffle ^_^

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

I wanted to read this before watching the series on TV ^_^ It was a good read. I like how Philippa Gregory finds out as much historical fact as she can and then weaves magic and possibilities into it. A nice page turning read...on to the next ones in the series I think ^_^

Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton

Never read any Hamish Macbeth's before. Much enjoyed. Not quite as laugh out loud as Agatha..or that may have been because this took me a million years to read as I just read little bits here and there inbetween other reads! But enjoyed still. Won't give anything away as am now passing this on to Kerry ^_^

So this is how my list is looking now...

1.Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
3.Paulo Coelho Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias.
4.Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
5.Merlin. The Prophet and his History by Geoffrey Ashe.
6.Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer.
7.Wilkins' Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones.
8.The Skeleton in the Closet by M.C.Beaton.
9.The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart
10.The Happiness of Hazelbrook
11.Murder in The Museum by Simon Brett.
12. Three Houses by Angela Thirkell
13. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams.
14.Enchantment by Donald Spoto.
15 The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
16. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
17.Death of a Hussy by M.C.Beaton


Onto the read along. Joan has finished I know, how about everyone else? I am very sow at reading Secret Scripture by I am going to keep going and maybe once we have all finished do a little bit about it? Tis optional so no problems if you'd rather not.

So, happy reading fellow 50 bookers ^_^
XOXxoxXOX

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

another 3 for me!

So I've actually been on a bit of a reading roll this last week or so!

I found the Ruth Rendell I knew I'd read - It's called Some lie and some die, another very good one, probably my favourite one so far.

I finished the Jill Mansell - Falling for you. It's rather typical chick lit kind of book but when read along side Secret scripture makes a nice cheerful read. I decided Im rather in a chick lit kind of mood and re-read a couple of my Katie Fforde books. She probably is my favourite author from that genre so I grabbed a couple off the shelf and read Flora's Lot  and I'm currently well into Going Dutch.

I added a childhood favourite on my Kindle after finding it for free - The Secret Garden. The only thing that seems to be happening is my reading list is getting longer,

  1. The Inside Track Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
  7. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - Finished 18.02.13
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance - MC Beaton - Finished 22.02.13
  9. From Doon with Death - Ruth Rendell - Finished 26.02.13
  10. Crazy in love - Chrissy Manby - Finished 03.03.13
  11. The Best man to die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 13.03.13
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble/Hells Bells - MC Beaton - Finished 14.03.13
  13. The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan - finished 20.03.13
  14. Some Lie and Some Die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 15.04.13
  15. Murder in the museum - Simon Brett - finished 08.05.13
  16. Nadia Knows best - Jill Mansell - finished 11.05.13
  17. Falling for you - Jill Mansell - Finished 17.05.13
  18. Flora's Lot - Katie Fforde - Finished 25.05.13
Time to read a couple of the half started ones and get up to 20 on the list!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

I'm still here just very behind!!!


At last an update from me. I'm fairly sure I've read more than just two as I took a small paperback on holiday -probably a Ruth Rendell and  I've no idea which one and I've been through my book stack and nothing else is jumping out as recently read.

Now I know I've read Murder in the Museum that Steph kindly sent to me. It took a bit of getting going, but it was a very good story once it found some pace. It is part of a series called the Fethering Mysyeries so I will look out for other books by the author too. I've also read a Jill Mansell novel - Nadia Knows best. I read that because sometimes you just need something thats a bit of light reading and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've read a fair few by Jill Mansell and always enjoyed them.


  1. The Inside Track Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
  7. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - Finished 18.02.13
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance - MC Beaton - Finished 22.02.13
  9. From Doon with Death - Ruth Rendell - Finished 26.02.13
  10. Crazy in love - Chrissy Manby - Finished 03.03.13
  11. The Best man to die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 13.03.13
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble/Hells Bells - MC Beaton - Finished 14.03.13
  13. The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan - finished 20.03.13
  14. Murder in the museum - Simon Brett - 08.05.13
  15. Nadia Knows best - Jill Mansell - 11.05.13
So that's where I'm at. I've got 4 books on the go too - A parenting book, Sense and Sensibility, Another Gill Mansell called Falling for you and also Secret Scripture. Plenty of variety there!

Happy reading

Kerry

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Two more finishes from me!

Hi de Hi fellow readers ^_^

Two more finishes from me! First...

Enchantment. The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto.

I loved this book. For me Audrey Hepburn is a truly beautiful person. This book does discuss her movie career, and the movies of hers that I have seen I have enjoyed, but it is her life outside of movies that I find so inspiring. In her work with Unicef in seems to me she found her purpose. It was something she could understand, something she had experienced, and something she felt deeply as her own childhood had been touched by war, and want, fear, suffering, and pain. She knew the fear of a thing and so later in her life when she had the opportunity to make a difference she chose the thing that was close to her heart and her own understanding and made the greatest difference to many lives. She understood that she could not forever change the world, but she could mend small parts of it and hopefully by her doing that other people would do the same. I think it is a truly beautiful person indeed who can use their own experience, whether good or bad, and put it to good use in helping others in a similar situation. It has been a joy to read of such a beautiful life.
A beautiful thing she said rings so true:
‘My one wish for Christmas would be peace. Peace especially for the children of the world. Only then will the water we provide quench their thirst, the food nourish their bodies, the medicine make them well-and only then will they live to play and learn, and their parents will live to love them’
It took me a while to get through this book, but I have absorbed every word of it. A lovely read.
  


And second...
The Boy with the Cuckoo-clock heart by Mathias Malzieu.
At first I thought this was a bit odd and quirky! Even too quirky for me!! But as I read more it's actually quite clever. I think it's portraying how someone can be convinced they are a certain way and they can believe it with all of their heart even if it's the most bizarre of notions....or! It might just be a quirky read and mean nothing more than is actually written on the page ^_^ Kinda sweet, kinda odd!


I have now started reading Game of Thrones ^_^

XOX

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Update not really

Not an update post
Just wanted to share my books on here , collected them on Thursday , have to sign them all before letting them go ,
By the way , sorry if you,ve let me know but have I got your new address Laura ,I know you have moved house recently and don,t want the book to go astray also Kerry have I got your address somewhere ,

I,ve just started reading Anne of green gables , my daughters favourite books , it was a bargain download to kindle, 77p for the whole set , yes only 77p , hard not to really

Anyway enjoy these books, you will soon be reading them , perhaps we can have a read along Laura?



Wednesday, 3 April 2013

More finishes from me!

Hello everyone! Three more finishes from me, gulp! I'll definitely have to do a 100 book challenge at this rate or I'll be in trouble ;-) Haha. Well I re-read the second and third books in the Hunger Games trilogy- Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I think I still prefer the first one in the series but I do like them and would definitely recommend them- it's a very clever idea and definitely a page turner. Then I read Philip Pullman's controversial rewriting of the life of Christ called The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. It was very controversial when it was published- and I can see why! I thought it was intelligent and moving but certainly not for everyone. I'm currently reading HHhH by Laurence Binet which is a sort of novel-biography-history about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich during the Second World War. I'm enjoying it so far although sometimes I think it's trying to be too clever for its own good! I bought one or two novels in the Kindle spring sale (sorry if you didn't know about it and are now scurrying off to spend loads of money!!) I got the first CS Lewis Narnia book in the daily deal at the weekend (Magician's Nephew, I've read it before but when I was little) and then I bought Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville (she's an Australian writer who won a Booker prize, or similar, for her novel The Secret River which I absolutely loved), Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway (59p, can't argue with that!), and the Wizard of Oz books (77p!!) Well that's all from me. Happy reading everyone!

1. P.D. James, A Mind to Murder
2. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
3. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
4. Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit
7. George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords
8. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
9. Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared
10. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel’s Tale
11. Scarlett Thomas, Bright Young Things
12. Yann Martel, Life of Pi
13. Nick Alexander, The Half-Life of Hannah
14. John Lanchester, Capital
15. M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
16. C.J. Sansom, Winter in Madrid
17. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
18. Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
19. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel’s Tale II
20. Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
21. Philip Pullman, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
22. Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Monday, 1 April 2013

For a re-read....

...this took me an age to read!!lol Finished Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams last night. Love it! It's whacky and fun and clever. If you want to escape I recommend it ^_^
Reading a book about Audrey Hepburn now which I borrowed from the library and some silly sod has taken the liberty of adding little notes in!! Am I the only one who that bothers!! It makes me grouchy! lol. The Agatha Raisin books I borrowed from the library had been completely censored! Someone took it upon themselves to blot out, and I meant totally obliterate!, any swearing! Buy your own books and vandalise!! OK! rant over..where was I!?! Oh, yes, another finish from me then ^_^
Happy reading fellow book fans ^_^
oodles of hugs
XOX

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Two more finishes!

Hello everyone! Two more finishes from me, which I think takes me up to my 19th book! I read the second novel in the Hitchhiker's Guide series by Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. It's not quite as good as the first one but very witty nonetheless, and still with a fantastic cast of characters (Marvin the depressed robot with a brain the size of a planet is a particular favourite!) Then I read the second in the series of the Minstrel's Tale by Anna Questerly. It's much darker than the first one and I think it was more interesting for that. The main character is a minstrel who is a friend of young king Richard II at the end of the fourteenth century and the narrative is interspersed with the minstrel's 'tales', hence the title. The tales are always fun but in this novel the author started to recognise the educational potential of the tales as one or two of them reflected elements in the plot rather than being purely for 'entertainment'. Given that the author has done quite a lot of research on the period I had thought that this would come through more clearly, but let's see what happens in the next book! (Plus my knowledge of the period makes me rather biased on the subject!!) I'm not sure what to read next as I probably shouldn't download anything else on my Kindle really... Maybe I'll download a classic for free! Any suggestions?? Happy reading all!

Friday, 22 March 2013

3 finishes...or possibly 2 and 3 quarters!

Hi Everyone,

So here is my update...I finished Ruth Rendell's The best man to die. She is fast becoming a new favourite author and I can see why almost 50 years on from the first published one, they are still so popular. Next up was The 39 steps by John Buchan. I expect some of you may have seen the film adaptations, I hadn't but I'll look out for it now as it was such a good book. It's one that's been on my bookshelves for 10 years, and I never got round to reading.  I'm hopeless at giving reviews, so apolgies for that.

I had a kindle for Mothering Sunday so I've downloaded a few books that have been on offer...I have Capital and Chocolate Girls waiting for me and I've started on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibilty. I also downloaded two Agatha Raisin short stories, Hells Bells and Christmas Crumble. I've read both of these and count Crumble as half a book, a it is only around 80 pages. It was a fun story and very Agatha and not bad at just over £1 but I was disapointed by Hells Bells as it seemed to be something that the Author had written for a promo, as it had very little plot to it. I think it would have made a great full novel. I can't complain as it was a free download.

So here is the updated list...

  1. The Inside Track Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
  7. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - Finished 18.02.13
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance - MC Beaton - Finished 22.02.13
  9. From Doon with Death - Ruth Rendell - Finished 26.02.13
  10. Crazy in love - Chrissy Manby - Finished 03.03.13
  11. The Best man to die - Ruth Rendell - Finished 13.03.13
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble/Hells Bells - MC Beaton - Finished 14.03.13
  13. The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan - finished 20.03.13
Happy Reading, and thank you for all the recomendations, it's great to discover new authors.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Two more finishes...

Hello everyone! Two more finishes from me. I finished Winter in Madrid by CJ Samson, which is a spy novel set in the Spanish Civil War. I really enjoyed it- it's not especially fast paced and some of the descriptions of the poverty in Spain during this period were really harrowing, but it was a really enjoyable read. Haunting and evocative. Yesterday I reread The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I had a lot of hanging around to do and nothing to do but read, so I whizzed through it. If you haven't read it before, it really is laugh out loud- or at least chuckle out loud, the people around me must have wondered what I was reading!! I'm now reading the second one, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I think that takes me up to 17 on my list! Steph might be right, I may need to extend my challenge to 100 books, lol! Happy reading everyone!

Edited to note that I didn't post when I'd finished Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by MC Beaton, that was good fun, thanks very much to Kerry for lending it to me :-)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Three Houses by Angela Thirkell

This was a lovely book. It's pure happy childhood memories.The Grand Daughter of Edward Burne-Jones, cousin to Rudyard Kipling it's like a lovely who's who ^_^ I love the descriptions of little moments, and the feel of being there, enjoying the sun and Christmas morning, lazy Sundays. A very sweet read. I like happy memories ^_^
I am re-reading Dirk Gently (Douglas Adams) now. Bliss ^_^
xox

Monday, 18 March 2013

A finish from me (at last!)

It feels ages since I last updated. Finished 'Murder in The Museum' by Simon Brett. Quite a good read. A bit Midsomer-ish...without Barnaby....or any Midsomer villages...or 10 dead bodies before the first ad break...ok! Maybe it's not so Midsomer-ish as I first thought! Still a good read. I'm passing it on to Kerry now so I won't give anything away ^_^
I am reading Three Houses by Angela Thirkell now which is brilliant. I am over half way through already as it is such a lovely read. I first heard the story on the Radio so ordered the book from the library. I would love to pass it on and share with you all but the library might not be happy with me if I did!
Happy reading.
xox

Monday, 11 March 2013

Overdue

Sorry , I haven,t been on here for a while, my last update was 11 jan, two months ago


Here is my update

1.  The Stupidest Angel.       By Christopher Moore
2.  Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe.      By Jenny Colgan
3.  Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe
4.  The 100 year old man etc.    By Jonas Jonason
5.   Birmingham Rose.     By Annie Murray
6.  Wolf Hall.   By Hilary Mantel
7.  The Woman who went to bed for a year.   By Sue Townsend
8.  The Life of Pi .    By Yarn Mantel


After toiling through Wolf Hall, and it was a toil ,, I wanted something simple to read , so The woman who ------- suited that purpose , an enjoyable read more so as it was only £1 from a charity shop ,bargain ,
Another bargain buy , The Life of Pi , or should I say download, 20p on kindle,, I watched the film and it was delightfull, I highly recommend that you see it Laura ,, whichever way you do it , the film or the book first ,each are both very entertaining ,

I,ve just downloaded a freebie , a short story I believe, The Kafenion by Victoria Hislop, on of my favourite authors , so this will be my next read

Isn't Laura steaming ahead , ?  I,m either reading or crocheting ,
Buy for now
Joan


Ps has anyone heard from Lucy @ inthesky ,

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Me again!

Hello! Another post from me! When I posted last week I completely forgot that I'd also reread Life of Pi by Yann Martel, which I absolutely loved, so that took me to number 13 on my list. Then I read the fantastic Capital by John Lanchester, a sort of 'state of the nation' novel about London in the twenty-first century, told from the perspective of the people who live on a single street. Very clever premise, and it has a 'mystery' element too that hooks you in. It's still only 20p on Kindle, so I'd definitely recommend that you snap it up quick sticks! I am now reading Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, the first of MC Beaton's detective novels. Kerry lent it to me and I'm enjoying it so far, it's set in the Cotswolds and is very Agatha Christie! Today I bought two more novels on Kindle- another one for 20p (Winter in Madrid by C.J. Samson), a thriller set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, which was a mere 63p! I swop book recommendations with my friend who is currently living in Germany for work and she said she read this recently and loved it, so I'm keen to give it a try (it's extremely long, but then I am speeding through my books at the moment, so that's probably a good thing!!)

Hope you all enjoyed World Book Day and managed to get some reading done!

1. P.D. James, A Mind to Murder
2. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
3. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
4. Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit
7. George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords
8. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
9. Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
10. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel's Tale
11. Scarlett Thomas, Bright Young Things
12. Nick Alexander, The Half-Life of Hannah
13. Yann Martel, Life of Pi
14. John Lanchester, Capital
 

Happy World Book Day

Happy World book day everyone.
I hope if you(or any family members) did anything special you all enjoyed it.
xox

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Crazy in Love

So here is another finish for me, I wasn't sure what to read when I finished my last book so I just grabbed this off the book pile by my bed. It's by Chrissie Manby. I've read a few of hers over the years, but this has to be a favourite. It was a fun read, not too serious and I read it in a few days. I even lay in bed reading it one morning as I was so close to the end!

I've moved back to Ruth Rendell and I'm now reading The best man to die. It's another Wexford and a good read so far...

Happy reading

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Another Finish and a New Book!

Hello everyone! I appear to be on a roll at the moment! On Tuesday evening I started The Half-Life of Hannah by Nick Alexander...and on Wednesday evening I finished it! I bought it because it was 20p on Kindle and I thought it was rude not to!! It wasn't the best book I've ever read and it was rather slow to get going (as many of the Amazon reviewers noted) but when the major event of the novel happened, it was interesting to see how the protagonist, Hannah, would respond- would she continue with her 'half life' or would she decide to make a change. Quite a lot of family secrets came out during the novel- which was set during a two week holiday in France with Hannah's husband and son, sister, niece, and the sister's gay friend- one of which I wasn't entirely convinced by the end, but overall, it was a page turner and it kept me interested during my bus ride to work at 7.30am!

I'm now reading another book that I bought on a whim in the Kindle sale- Capital by John Lanchester. It's the story of a street in London and all the people that live on it- fascinating so far and very well written. The five characters I've met so far are all very detailed and believable. Can't wait to see what happens next!

So my list now looks as follows:

1. P.D. James, A Mind to Murder
2. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
3. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
4. Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit
7. George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords
8. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
9. Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
10. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel's Tale
11. Scarlett Thomas, Bright Young Things
12. Nick Alexander, The Half-Life of Hannah

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

...Update...

Ok I really need to mix my authors up a little as I've yet another MC. Beaton finish! I read the Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance. It was lovely to read another Agatha as I'd not read one for a while. I've only 5 left to read in the series. I'm going to order two for Mum for her birthday, so I'll get to read them eventually too!

I also read Ruth Rendell's first Inspector Wexford novel -  From Doon with Death. I'd not read a Ruth Rendell novel before and thoroughly enjoyed this one. I was gripped from the start and I'm looking forward to reading more of the Wexford books.

Next on the list????? We'll have to see what grabs me when I go to bed tonight.

  1. The Inside Track Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
  7. Is it just me? - Miranda Hart - Finished 18.02.13
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance - MC Beaton - Finished 22.02.13
  9. From Doon with Death - Ruth Rendell - Finished 26.02.13
Happy reading

Monday, 25 February 2013

My list so far...

Hello everyone! Thought I'd update my list. I finished Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas last week which I thought was very good. An unusual concept, like The Hundred Year Old Man- six young people, fresh out of university, apply to a job advert asking for 'bright young things' and after turning up at the job interview, the next thing they know, they are marooned on a desert island with no way to escape!  I thought this was a clever idea and I wasn't disappointed by the ending. I'm currently reading The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I'd like to watch the film of this too. I've read the book before, but at least six years ago, and it was a mere 20p in the Amazon post-Christmas kindle sale so I thought it'd be rude not to read it! So here's my list so far:

1. P.D. James, A Mind to Murder
2. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
3. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
4. Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit
7. George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords
8. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
9. Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
10. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel's Tale
11. Scarlett Thomas, Bright Young Things

On the 'to read' list are: The Count of Monte Cristo (recommendation from a friend), The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (who wrote the excellent House at Riverton), Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon (classic early twentieth century sci-fi, recommended by a friend).

Happy reading all!

Read-along?

Hello everyone,

I've had an idea (I know, brace yourselves!!) I was wondering whether any of you would be interested in doing a read-along? Ie we choose a book, all read it, and then share our ideas on the blog.

What do you think?

I had wondered if it might be difficult to choose a book that we all wanted to read, but then having read Joan's post below about her World Book Day book giveaway, maybe we could read The Secret Scripture? It sounds like a good book to me...

Anyway, we can discuss and think about it! Just an idea :-)

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Book giveaway anyone?

Hiya
Just heard, via email , I,m to become a book giver as part of world book day 2013, my chosen book is The Secret Scriptures , would you like a copy ? I get 20 copies to give away
Please let me know and I will put aside 4 copies
Thanks joan

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Book number 10 ^_^

Another finish ^_^ Not a great read though! I like old books and whenever I go to the second hand book sale I enjoy having a good hunt through for any old looking books. I don't really look to see what they are I just like that they are old. So I was dusting them off the other day when I thought I might read one. So I picked out The Happiness of Hazelbrook. It doesn't say who the author is, but it looks deceivingly pretty and sweet. I didn't like it at all! it's a ghastly moral little tale. I do not like to think that a 12 year could ever be thought of as wicked just because she slacks off for a bit to pick flowers(possibly because this is just the sort of thing I would have done...and might still do!), or that a 16 year girl can have any sins to repent of!! I'm not sure there was much more of a plot to it. But, because I am hideously chipper and like to find an up side! it is old and it does have a pretty cover. Also it has inky finger prints all the way through it which makes me wonder who do they belong to!
Anyhoo, so that makes my list look like this...

1.Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
3.Paulo Coelho Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias.
4.Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
5.Merlin. The Prophet and his History by Geoffrey Ashe.
6.Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer.
7.Wilkins' Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones.
8.The Skeleton in the Closet by M.C.Beaton.
9.The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart
10.The Happiness of Hazelbrook

Out of my first ten books I have been to the sewers of London with Dodger and Dickens, into the realm of faery, had a peep into a very different life, been to Vampire school, off into myth and legend, read the letters of a very loving father, to a funny little tale of a wicked witch, mystery with not half so many murders as I expected, a nosey around St Mary Mead, and a weird little moral maze ^_^
If I could only recommend one of these books it would have to be Dear Lupin.It was a truly brilliant read.

Where will my next ten reads take me? ^_^

XOX


Such fun!

Not only did I have flowers and chocolate for Valentines day, but hubby brought me Miranda Hart's "Is it just me?" Now I'm a huge Miranda fan, so loved reading this from cover to cover. Throughout the book Miranda tries to impart wisdom to her 18 yr old self (Little M) about aspects of life - Dating, beauty, weddings, technology... She has rather bonkers conversations with little M, and you can certainly see where she gets most of her Miranda material from for the show. It was funny, sweet and most of the time (in handy check list form) makes you think I do that!

If you're a miranda fan, it's a must read.

I've now moved on to another Agatha Raisin now - Deadly dance, it's a good read so far...

Another two finishes!

Hello everyone. Another two finishes from me- 'The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' by Jonas Jonasson and 'The Minstrel's Tale' by Anna Questerly. So that takes me up to ten books read so far, one fifth of the way through the chalenge!

I absolutely loved 'The Hundred Year Old Man'. It tells the story of Allan Karlsson who did precisely as the title described- climbs out of the window of his nursing home on his 100th birthday and disppears, having all sorts of madcap adventures and collecting an assortment of friends along the way, from a criminal gang member to a hotdog stand owner to a red haired beauty who owns an elephant! The story of Allan's present day adventures is interspersed with his extraordinary life story- he hates politics but ends up meeting. and helping, political leaders from Harry Truman to Mao Tse-Tung; becoming an explosives expert and being involved in the invention of the atom bomb; being imprisoned in Russia and escaping through Korea to Bali; and all sorts of other extraordinary events! I thought this book was witty and clever, surreal and imaginative, and definitely worth the read!

'The Minstrel's Tale' is the first of three books about a medieval minstrel in the fourteenth century. It was absolutely brilliant and I would highly recommend it. It starts in the present day with an American teenager and her family arriving in France to reclaim their ancestral home and the teenager finds a manuscript written by her ancestor, Amos Questerly, who turns out to be a medieval minstrel. The main part of the book tells the story of the minstrel and his apprentice, and throughout we get to hear the stories and poems that the minstrel tells his audience in various towns across medieval France. I can't wait to read the second book in the series!

For now, however, I've started the latest novel by Scarlett Thomas (who wrote 'The End of Mr Y', amongst other things). Her latest book is called 'Bright Young Things' and it seems very intriguing so far!

Happy reading everyone!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Howdy

Just a little post to say I'm glad everyone got there thank you goodies and liked them. Just my way of saying cheers for being here ^_^
I have not read much since my last finish, but I should hopefully be back soon with something bookish to type about ^_^
XOX

Sunday, 17 February 2013

After finishing wolf hall, I was going to start the dodger , but after a visit to a charity shop i came across the woman who went to bed for a year , so that is that , a bargain for only £1, and my next read, a full post of all my books read coming soon , when I can tear myself away from the bed

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Death of an addict - MC Beaton

So another finish and I can't believe this one took me 3 weeks, most unlike me to have an MC Beaton on the go that long. Another good Hamish McBeth story, and slightly different to the usual direction the Hamish plots usually take.

I printed off a list of all of MC Beaton's books last night so I could check off what I've read, She's written over 100 books but I think I must have read close to 50 of them if not more.

Not sure what is next on the list, We've got a library visit on Saturday so I may see what I can get and start another George Gently in the mean time. I might take a wander round the local hospice bookshop and see if I can get any new-to-me Beatons or track down Chocolate Girls or another of the Annie Murray books, as I do fancy reading those too.

So the list so far is as follows...

  1. The Inside Track - Jake Humphrey - finished 15.11.12
  2. Daphne - M.C Beaton -03.12.12
  3. Diana - M.C Beaton - finished 18.12.12
  4. Frederica - M.C Beaton - finished 27.12.12
  5. Gently through the mill - Alan Hunter- Finished 25.01.13
  6. Death of an Addict - M.C Beaton - Finished 12.02.13
Happy reading

Monday, 11 February 2013

Just a little post to say.....

A surprise will be popping through readers doors in the next few days ^_- It was going to be left as a total surprise but I worried that it might but too random! lol Plus one persons surprise has gone in with a swap so it's a total giveaway!! lol. Now I bet that's got you all wondering...and totally confused! ^_^

ttfn

xox

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Another finish!

Hello everyone!

Another finish from me: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This was an absolutely wonderful book. It's set in Alaska and is about a couple called Mabel and Jack who lost a child, but who then build a little girl out of snow... The novel takes its inspiration from Russian fairytales about the snow girl. It is beautifully written, full of wonderful descriptions of the snow and the relationship between Mabel, Jack, and their snow child is incredibly poignant. One of the best books I've read recently, utterly wonderful!

I've now started The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (which Joan has read and blogged about below).

Happy reading everyone, and do added The Snow Child to your list!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Another finish from me...and I suspect a bit of a dull ramble about it ^_^

Hey Ho!

Finished reading, The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart. A nice, quick read all about..you guessed it, Miss Marple ^_^ It talks about where she lives, her childhood, her cases. Quite a fun read especially the chapter about all of her different maids.
That gets me to number 9. I'll try and do a VIP(very interesting post) when I get to 10. ^_^

Hope you are all having a happy reading time.

XOX

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Friday, 1 February 2013

My list so far!

Hello everyone,

This is my list so far:

1. P.D. James, A Mind to Murder
2. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
3. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
4. Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit
7. George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords

I finished A Storm of Swords yesterday, it was brilliant! Now I'm reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

Happy reading everyone!

(You can also find my list over on my blog here)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Another finish from me ^_^

Finished reading The Skeleton in the Closet by M.C.Beaton last night. Quite a good read.So that makes my list now look like this...


1.Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
3.Paulo Coelho Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias.
4.Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
5.Merlin. The Prophet and his History by Geoffrey Ashe.
6.Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer.
7.Wilkins' Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones.
8.The Skeleton in the Closet by M.C.Beaton.

I hope everyone is enjoying the book challenge.
If you have any suggestions for making the blog more pretty and welcoming please let me know. I have no idea how to change the background any more! But I'll give it a go and if you want anything added to the sidebar just give me a shout...or if you can do it as a blog author(I'm not sure) then please do go ahead.

Happy reading ^_^


“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” 
― Lemony SnicketHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Another MC Beaton

Hi Everyone,
Went to the Library yesterday in hope of finding Annie Murray's Chocolate girls, no luck, but found an MC Beaton I hadn't read. (now there aren't many of those left!)

So my new book is a Hamish McBeth mystery called Death of an addict and I'll be back soon to tell you how I got on.

Happy Reading

Friday, 25 January 2013

A finish at last!

Hi everyone,

I finally finished Alan Hunter's Gently through the Mill last night. It was a good read and quite different to the version of the story that they made in to an episode of the TV series. I'm not sure what I'm going to start next as I'm going to the library tomorrow and quite fancy trying some of the Annie Murray books the were recomended. If  I can't find one I may give one of the Ruth Rendell's a go. Mum reads them a lot and I thought as I've never read any of hers, time for a new author.

Happy reading :-)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Update.


1.Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
3.Paulo Coelho Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias.
4.Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
5.Merlin. The Prophet and his History by Geoffrey Ashe.
6.Dear Lupin by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer.
7.Wilkins' Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones.

Dear Lupin by Roger and Charlie Mortimer.
A really lovely read. It's a collection of letters from a Dad to his son. It's full of humour andlaugh out loud moments.  I really enjoyed reading it.  You can find it here

Wilkins' Tooth by Diana Wynne Jones. Pure escapism ^_^



“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” 
― Voltaire


Happy reading
xox

Friday, 11 January 2013

update

Just finished reading


 
 
Another strange book, it is amazing the things this man gets up, and the people he meets  , before he gets to the age of 100 that is
I,m hopeless at writing a review,much easier to go over to amazon and read other peoples reviews which is what I have just done and one said it owes a lot to forrest gump and how true I thought that is
anyway this is my update
 
no 1   The stupidest angel
no2    Meet me at the cupcake cafe
no 3   Christmas at the cupcake cafe
no4    The 100 year old man
no5    Birmingham rose by annie murray
 
just finished reading Birmingham Rose, many thanks to Lucy (inthesky) for sending me this copy,
a delightfull read, especially after The 100 Year old man
 
Lucy has arranged a Tea Swap, great idea and I will be forwarding this book on with some tea bags,
only problem is who do I send it to, Any suggestions ???????????
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 3 January 2013

My Pinterest Book list.

Just a link to a pinterest board I made a while ago. 

Feel free to make your own and add it^_^

XOX

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Update


1.Dodger by Terry Pratchett.
2. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
3.Paulo Coelho Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias.
4.Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
5.Merlin. The Prophet and his History by Geoffrey Ashe.

Ok, as everyone else is writing very interesting posts I thought I'd have a bash! Don't expect great things!lol.

Merlin, The Prophet and His History by Geoffrey Ashe. An interesting read. Not a lot of new info that hasn't been in other Merlin books, but a good read none the less. I did make a little list of a few Merlin themed books to hunt down from it ^_^
Told you not to expect much! I'm not the best (or even the 10th from best!) at writing book reviews. If you've never read a Merlin book before this is a good start and if you have, it's still a good read. Also has a beautiful Burne-Jones cover ^_^

xox

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Update

Just to update my reading list


1. The Stupidest Angel. By Christopher Moore
2. Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe. By Jenny Colgan
3. Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe .


Christmas at the cupcake cafe is the sequel to Meet Me At the Cupcake Cafe, although it does help to have read the first book, you can easily start this one without reading the first. The author does give a short description of all the characters in the book.

A very enjoyable read and plenty of recipes for cakes as a bonus ,highly recommended,

I'm adding the first cupcake book to my list of books read