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Non-Fiction November & a small fiction TBR

I had already jotted down a few books to read in November when I stumbled across Non-Fiction November, created by Booktubers Olive and Gemma. Well, what finer excuse could there be to shake up my reading habits and add a bit more non-fiction to my TBR.


So, Non-Fiction November includes four one-word prompts: Love, Home, Scholarship and Substance. You can interpret them anyway you want, which I like. So these are the books I have gone for:

Humble, Kate - Humble By Nature


Home:  Humble By Nature (Kate Humble) – Kate Humble is probably best known as one of the presenters of BBC’s Springwatch. In this book she tells about her life as she moves from the city to a small holding in Wales. I have this one on audio book, narrated of course by Kate herself.

Isaacson, Rupert - The Horse BoyLove: The Horse Boy (Rupert Isaacson) – I have had this book on my shelves for ages, so this is the perfect excuse to read it. As far as I can tell it is about a man who takes his autistic son to Mongolia in search of healing and understanding. What greater love is there than the love of a parent for their child?

Yaffe, David - Reckless Daughter

Substance: Reckless Daughter (David Yaffe) – Ok, I am interpreting this very loosely, but why not read about a woman who wrote songs of substance? I think Joni Mitchell certainly fills that category. I already started this one, but I will probably not continue until November. So yes, I made it fit! 🙂


Medieval Lives - Jones, Terry and Ereira, AlanScholarship: Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives (Terry Jones/Alan Ereira) – Another book that I have meaning to read for ages, but has just been sitting on my shelf gathering dust. I hope it sort of fits this category? One of the writers, Alan Ereira, is a professor and I presume there will be some mentions of ‘scholarliness’ in the book. Plus it’s only 224 pages!

I also would like to get round to reading Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots by Sarah-Beth Watkins, which is about Henry VIII’s older sister. This is a book I got for review via NetGalley and I am looking forward to reading it. This is also a book that may be pushed into December though.


Because of Non-Fiction November I have had to tone down my prospective fiction TBR.

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 3 The Dragon Reborn

I definitely want to read third book in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, which is The Dragon Reborn. This is part of a buddy read on Goodreads for which I have re-read the previous two already.


Bronte, Charlotte - Jane EyreI also want really want to read Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), which I hope to buddy read with Abbey from Three Cats and a Girl. I have been meaning to read Jane Eyre for ages and a while ago I got myself this gorgeous clothbound edition, which looks fantastically autumnal. I love it and I cannot wait to read it!

I also have a few more e-books from NetGalley that I want to prioritise for this month. Some of these are starting to be Christmassy!

I imagine I will pick a couple of random books from my shelves as well, but we will see how much reading I get done!

I was going to read Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel), but I think I will push that one on to December. It’s a massive book and I have too much to read already in November!

Have you got any reading plans yet? Are you participating in Non-Fiction November?



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‘Currently Reading’ Update

I finished I, The Aboriginal  a couple of days ago, which I unexpectedly really loved.Lockwood, Douglas - I, The Aboriginal It told me so much about a culture I knew little about and did it so beautifully. I chose the memoir for my self-imposed reading challenge, which I call BookTube-A-Thon Stretched. It is basically all the challenged for the BookTube-A-Thon that took place at the end of the last month, but over a month instead of a week. I read Douglas Lockwood’s book for challenge 4 (Read a book about a character very different from you). 6 out of 7 stars for that one.

I started The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern straight after. I chose this book for Morgenstern, Erin - The Night Circus - detailchallenge 2 (Read a hyped book), as I have seen it mentioned a lot. It was a book I really wanted to read, so I ordered a second-hand copy and I have been looking forward to reading it so much. I am just over halfway and I am loving it so far! Sometimes I wish the character were a bit more fleshed out, but maybe the point is to keep an air of mystery, to not get too intimately acquainted with the characters. Nonetheless, I am enjoying my read very much!

What are you reading?

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Booktube-A-Thon 2017 – Strrrrretched!

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to do the Booktube-A-Thon, but in a stretched out diluted version of the real thing.

So I am neither a BookTuber nor someone who could ever dream of participating. I have a five-year-old on her summer holidays… One book a day? Neh, that is never going to work!

However, I did like the sound of the challenges, so I have decided to take those and run with it. Instead of doing them this week over the course of one week, I plan to do them in a month, this August to be exact. Seven books in one month is quite a lot for me, so it will still be enough of a challenge for sure!

So, the challenges and the books I plan to read are:

Booktubeathon 2017 TBR front + Morgenstern, Erin - The Night Circus

Challenge 1: Read a book with a person on the cover.

I am going for Waterloo Story by Peter Prince. This was on my list of books that have been on my shelf for years that need reading, and has half a face (of Elvis I think) on the cover, so counts for this challenge.

Challenge 2: Read a hyped book.

I will be reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I have heard so many good things about. I do not have this book in my possession yet, but I will be picking up my copy next week. I am really looking forward to this one!

Challenge 3: Finish a book in one day.

I am going to go with Lantern Fox by Garry Kilworth, which is only 87 pages! I am pretty sure it’s a children’s book, but Garry Kilworth usually writes much longer books and I love much of his work. I have had it a little while, so now is clearly the time to read it! It’s about a girl who meets a magic fox. Sounds right up my street! 🙂

Challenge 4: Read about a character who is very different from you.

I found a book on my shelf called I, The Aboriginal by Douglas Lockwood, which would fit this challenge perfectly. It’s a memoir of an aboriginal man from the Northern Territory in Australia. It’s from the 1960s I think and I am not sure what to expect from it.

Challenge 5: Finish a book completely outdoors.

Fingers crossed for nice sunny weather in which to lounge outside and read. If so, I will be reading a fluffy romance novel. I will be going with Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. This one is destined for the guest house anyway, so better I read it and get it out of the way. I will probably quite enjoy reading it…. In the sun…. Relaxing…. IF the sun ever appears, which is never a given!

Challenge 6:  Read a book you bought because of the cover.

Talking to the Dead by Helen Dunmore. I have had this book for ages. It’s such a cute little hardback. I only bought it because it was so pretty and I must have had it about fifteen years without ever reading it, just sitting pretty on my shelf. Now is the time! This challenge was made for this book! I have to say, even if I end up not liking the story, I will still keep it, because it is just so lovely to look at… Shallow much?

Challenge 7:  Read seven books.

So I can pick a random 7th book. I literally looked up and down our bookcase thinking about what I may want to read and I realised that there are three Greg Bear books on the shelves. They are my husband’s and I have never thought to read any of them. Why not? Maybe it is about time… So I have decided to go with The Forge of God by Greg Bear. I do not usually read Sci-Fi, so it will be a bit of an adventure into the unknown…

Booktubeathon 2017 TBR spines

I want to try and read all of the books above and fingers crossed I will get to complete those challenges, but between having house guests and my daughter being off school for most of August , I may still find it difficult enough to fit it in! I am looking forward to trying though!

Does anyone else fancy doing this?