Music · Music Monday

Music Monday: Let’s Spend The Night Together (Rolling Stones)

Time for Music Monday, created by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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I felt like an oldie today and this is one of my favourite Stones songs. It’s just so joyous and fun! If this does not make you happy, you’re made of stone! (bad pun intended)

For some reason this seems to be one of those tunes that is often overlooked and should not be! I LOVE IT!

Lyrics
My, my, my, my
Don’t you worry ’bout what’s on your mind (oh my)
I’m in no hurry I can take my time (oh my)
I’m going red and my tongue’s getting tied (tongues’ getting tied)
I’m off my head and my mouth’s getting dry
I’m high, but I try, try, try (oh my)
Let’s spend the night together
Now I need you more than ever
Let’s spend the night together now
I feel so strong that I can’t disguise (oh my)
Let’s spend the night together
But I just can’t apologize (oh no)
Let’s spend the night together
Don’t hang me up and don’t let me down (don’t let me down)
We could have fun just groovin’ around, around and around
Oh my, my
Let’s spend the night together
Now I need you more than ever
Let’s spend the night together
Let’s spend the night together
Now I need you more than ever
You know I’m smiling baby
You need some guiding baby
I’m just deciding baby, now
I need you more than ever
Let’s spend the night together
Let’s spend the night together now
This doesn’t happen to me everyday (oh my)
Let’s spend the night together
No excuses offered anyway (oh my)
Let’s spend the night together
I’ll satisfy your every need (your every need)
And I now know you will satisfy me
Oh my, my, my, my, my
Let’s spend the night together
Now I need you more than ever
Let’s spend the night together now (oh my my my my my my)
Let’s spend the night together
Now I need ya, need ya more than ever (oh my)
Let’s spend the night together
I satisfy your every need (whoa my)
Let’s spend the night together
Now I know, I know you satisfy me (whoa my) Let’s spend the night together
I beg ya baby… (Let’s spend the night together)
Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger

 

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Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: What Kitty Did Next (Carrie Kablean)

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★★★★★☆☆

Title: What Kitty Did Next
Author:  Carrie Kablean
Genre: Fiction / Hstorical Fiction
First published: 28 June 2018 by RedDoor Publishing
Edition: E-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

I love Jane Austen and a sequel of some sort is always ‘most welcome’. This one is definitely one of the better ones.

This story follows Kitty, who was best known in Pride and Prejudice as ‘the other silly sister’.  Having the spotlight put on her worked very well in my opinion. The imagined continuation of her life felt quite believable and the resulting wrap-up was satisfying.

I feel the author did a great job with a cast of mostly existing characters and as far as some sort of sequel goes, this book is definitely a success. The prose, especially in the beginning, is very much in the Austen vein. The strength of the prose and the story fluctuate a little and dips a little in the middle act, but overall I think this is a well written story that respects the original novel it flowed from.

Since I love Pride and Prejudice and am very familiar with these characters, I really enjoyed it. However, if you have not read Austen’s famous novel, I fear this book may fall a bit flat.

5 out of 7 stars

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: How Not To Be A Boy (Robert Webb)

Webb, Robert - How Not To Be A Boy

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: How Not To Be A Boy
Author:  Robert Webb
Genre/Narrator: Non-Fiction / Autobiography
First published: 2017
Edition: Audio book by Audible Studios

For some reason it took me a long time to listen to this audio book. I thought I would love it, but in the end it was fine, but it was too easy to put aside. Despite that fact, I never thought of not finishing it.

I know Robert Webb mainly as half of comedy duo Mitchell and Webb. I had heard so many good things about this book, I decided I wanted to listen to it. Robert Webb’s story of growing up not being your stereotypical boy is pretty every day. I think many boys/men will identify with the story of his life, which is pretty ordinary but in its ordinariness (word?) manages to be extraordinary. I just never felt I could quite connect to Robert even while I was listening to him, which is a great shame. I am not a big fan of his narration style and I have a feeling I would have read the book a lot quicker if I had just picked up the paperback.

However, I think the message he is trying to get across is very valid and current. Gender roles are a big topic at the moment and this book touches on that subject in a very natural efficient way as something that Robert himself struggled with.

Although I did not love this book, I feel it was worth reading.

4 out of 7 stars

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FIVE on FRIDAY: Places I would love to visit

A bit later than planned today, but today was CCCCC-RAZY!

The topics left this month are:
Today: Places I would love to visit
29 June: Youtubers I (almost) always watch

So, the places on my bucket list….

1. Japan

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One day I will get there! Definitely a place that speaks to my imagination for the combination of stunning scenery and odd habits. However cliche, I would love to see the cherry blossoms!

2. New York

New York City

The one city I would really love to visit. I have never been and I would love to experience the Big Apple in real life. Obviously, you see the city in movies ALL the time and a lot of good music hails from there, so there must be something magical about the place! And I guess it includes New York State as a whole.

3. Ireland

Ireland, Cliffs of Moher

Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are places I would love to visit. All the Irish people I have ever met have been absolutely lovely (though maybe a little bit bonkers) and everything I have seen of the country makes me want to visit.

4. Canada

Canada

From Vancouver Island to Montreal – I would love to roadtrip through Canada someday.

5. Santorini

Santorini, Greece

I have never been to any of the Greek islands, but this one especially always looks so picturesque in any image I see of it. I love a bit of history as well, so this seems like the perfect place to soak up some sun as well as explore some ‘old stuff’.

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Are there places you still have on your bucket list?

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Royal Assassin (Robin Hobb)

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★★★★★☆☆

Title: Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2)
Author:  Robin Hobb
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1996
Edition: paperback, published by HarperCollins in 2014

It took me two weeks to read this book, which despite its 650 pages, is a long time! This is nothing against the book, because the story is so well crafted! I just had too much other stuff going on in my life.

That aside, I was keen to continue Fitz’s story after reading Assassin’s Apprentice in January this year and it did not disappoint. At all times I was interested at what Hobb was telling me and I really liked where this book headed. Hobb’s skill in building the world and characters is just delightful. You can picture each and every character and their reasons for doing what they are doing. They are just very technicolor 3D (if you get my drift). Hobb is very good at keeping  you at the edge of your seat. There is always something going on or threatening to happen. At the end of this book, I still have a lot of questions, but I have a feeling I will get my answers at some point.

Royal Assassin makes for a great set-up for the third book and I am looking forward to continuing with Assassin’s Quest at some point this year. I have a feeling this may well go down as one of my all-time favourite series.

I am looking forward to reading a lot more by her and I want to read a lot more about these characters!

5 out of 7 stars

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 20 June 2018

Always a good opportunity to talk about what going on in my reading life, WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking On A World of Words.

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Well, what’s going on in my reading life? Well, not an awful lot, but let’s do this anyway!

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

So…

What am I currently reading?

Hobb, Robin - Farseer Trilogy 2 - Royal AssassinI am reading Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy #2), by Robin Hobb, and have done for almost two (!!) weeks. The book is almost 650 pages, but that is no excuse for two weeks! It’s a good book as well, so that is not the issue. (It’s not you, book, it’s me!) The issue really is that I have been doing too many other things, such as getting used to running my Airbnb holiday cottage (and cleaning it) and also learning how to play the ukelele (badly). I am really enjoying Royal Assassin and I should finish it today (wishful thinking).  I think I slightly prefer the first book in the trilogy, maybe, just…

Oh and I did listen to another chapter of How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb. Only a couple of chapters to go, so fingers crossed I will finish that one before the end of the week!

What have I recently finished reading?

Zilch, nada, nout, niks.

What do I think I will read next?

I am not sure yet. I am supposed to be re-reading Lord of Chaos (Book #6 in the Wheel of Time series),  by Robert Jordan, but I am not quite sure whether I am ready for another epic yet. I might just read a couple of normal sized books first. Not sure which yet. I think I will mood read. I have also decided to let go of NetGalley for now. I am starting to hate the deadlines and I have so many books of my own I want to read…

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So that was my not-very-inspired WWW Wednesday for this week… Show me yours!

Books · FIVE

FIVE On FRIDAY: Book I Have Been Meaning To Read

I have created FIVE on FRIDAY to have a chance to talk about different things, from books to movies to music and general stuff. Please join in if you fancy it!

15 June: Books I have been meaning to read
22 June: Places I would love to visit
29 June: Youtubers I always watch

So, this week it’s ‘Books I have been meaning to read’ and boy, do I have a few of those. I just took a look at my shelf and picked the ones that I felt I have meaning to pick forever and for some reason still haven’t… These are especially books that have been on a intended TBR more than once and that I just did not pick up for some reason.

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1. Roth (Glyn Hughes) – also one of the oldest books on my overall TBR. I mean to read this before May, but I still haven’t. I mean, I have only owned it for twenty years or so…

2. Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovitch) – Picked this up in a charity shop last summer, so I have owned it for a year. I was really looking forward to reading this one as well, but I still haven’t!

3. The Horse Boy (Rupert Isaacson) – This non-fiction book has been on my monthly TBR several times and I keep not reading it. I really need to change that, as the premise sounds so interesting and I think I will love it.

4. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) – This has also been on my monthly TBR several times. I don’t know whether it is because of the hype this book has had, but I just keep putting off reading this book.

5. Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) – How many times has this book been on my TBR? Lots! I keep putting it off as the book intimidates me. It’s a chunkster! I am sure one day I will be in the mood for it and I will pick it up.

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I showed you mine, now show me yours!