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)