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‘The Reading Rush’ Wrap-Up

For once a readathon took place at the right time for me and it was a joy to participate in The Reading Rush, formerly known as the Booktubeathon.

So, this was my TBR:

1. Read a book with purple on the cover: Sweetpea (C J Skuse) – completed
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time: Einstein (Ned Hartley/Tom Humberstone) completed
3. Read a book you meant to read last year: The Secret Life of Cows (Rosamund Young) completed
4. Read an author’s first book: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Wendy Cope) completed
5. Read  a book with a non-human main character: A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter) completed
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title: Daisy Jones and The Six (Tara Jenkins Reid) completed
7. Read a book and watch the movie adaptation: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn/David Levithan) completed

Yes folks, you see that right! I actually managed to read all of these books in the last week! I am so proud of myself. I did choose my TBR wisely for a change.

I started out reading Sweetpea, which I was halfway through when the readathon started to be fair, but hey, I have to give myself some slack where I can! I finished that one on Monday.

On Tuesday I finished The Secret Life of Cows and I read Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, which is a poetry collection.

On Wednesday I finished Albert Einstein, which is a graphic history that I would recommend to anyone who feels history can be a bit dry (I don’t think that by the way!).

On Thursday I finished Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and re-watched the movie, which was fun.

On Friday I finished reading the best book of the week, which was A Black Fox Running. That book was just…. *insert big lip smack here* 😉

And finally, I finished Daisy Jones & The Six at five to midnight on Sunday! Just in time!

Double yay for myself!!! Seriously though, I really enjoyed this readathon, especially because there is a whole website dedicated to me. If you participated as well and if you  are on there, let me know! In that case, how did you do?


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Lingering Books Project 2019

We all have those books on our shelves that we are not that excited about. We picked them up at some point and we are kind of interested, but realistically we are never going to pick them up, because there are too many other books we are more excited about.

This usually happens to quite a few charity shop buys in my case – they linger on my shelves like old maids never being asked to dance. Well, let’s give them a twirl!

I have decided to pick five of those books that I am really not that excited about and will try and read one of them each month. I have not  picked one for July, as I have a really busy TBR as it is and there are only five days left!

But, let’s have a look at my choices. I specifically looked for books that I would be unlikely to pick up any other time. All but one were charity shop buys. I will either read them or DNF them. If I really like the book it gets a permanent space on my shelf, if not I will get rid of it.

a - Lingering Books

1. The Nest (Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney) – this one has been on my shelf for about three years I think. I remember buying it at an airport when I was going somewhere and never read it. I have seen very mixed reviews. Not that it bothers me that much, but still, I know a lot of people do not like it. Also, it is a mass market paperback with tiny font, which kind of puts me off. It does seem to be full of unlikeable characters, which I kind of am intrigued by.

2. Feed (M T Anderson) – I picked up in the charity shop a couple of years ago because the synopsis sounded kind of interesting. It was at the start of me starting to read a lot again and I was far less picky! Alas, I hate letting books go without giving them a go first, so this seems like the perfect opportunity to put it on my TBR.

3.The Italian Woman (Jean Plaidy) – definitely another one that has been on my shelf for a couple of years. I like historical fiction, but I hardly ever make time for it. This has to do with Catherine de Medici and that time period in France, which piques my interest, but it has not been enough to pick it up.

4. Golden Lion (Wilbur Smith) – another one that I picked up a year or two ago. I am not sure now whether I will like this one. I will give it a go. I think it has to do with pirates or something like that. I know I read some Wilbur Smith books years and years ago and enjoyed them, so why not just try it.

5. A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby) – not sure why I got this, looking at the synopsis now. It was probably 25cents or something. It’s not that big, so I will give it a go. It could be good… maybe…


So, those are my five books that have been lingering on my book shelves. What do you think of my choices? Have you read any of these?

What books have been lingering on your shelves?


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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?