• 2015,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Bout of Books

    I’ve decided to take part in Bout of Books this week. I’ve really not been reading much lately and maybe this will focus my mind a bit. Here’s how the people behind it describe it: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be…

  • 2015,  blogging,  Book A Day,  Uncategorized

    Books and The City Spring Blogger Evening

    Tuesday found me on a train back to London, this time to attend the Books and The City Spring Blogger Evening (Books and The City is part of Simon and Schuster). I had a great time. I saw several of the friends I made at the creative writing masterclass and enjoyed catching up with them.  I also got to talk to a few people I hadn’t met before. Ideally I would have liked to talk to a few more of the people I only know from twitter but it wasn’t to be and it didn’t matter because we do have twitter. I got several compliments on my blog which was…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    July Book A Day Prompts 1 – 5

    Here in one post are my (hopefully short) answers to the first five of the July book a day prompts.  I will do some every few days throughout August (from both this list and the August list) 1) A book that made you laugh outloud I will try to come up with something different for this one to what I said when I answered it on the June prompt list. Belching Out The Devil – Global Adventures with Coca-Cola by Mark Thomas.  I’ve never finished this book.  I read the first chapter and was having hysterics it was so funny.  And then I had to put it to one side…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Would Save If My House Burned Down

    This is the last of the month of prompts.  I’m pleased with that mostly because I’m proud of the fact that I managed to get through them all.  I’m not always great at making my way though an entire list of blog prompts when I plan to.  I’m tempted by the July prompts though some of them seem slightly ridiculous if you ask me. I do have to say that this is the one prompt that has given me the rage out of all of the June book a day prompts. If my house burned down it wouldn’t be books that I’d be saving.  I’d be saving myself and as…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    The One I Have Reread Most Often

    One more prompt after today.  And that’s the one I’ve known the answer to for ages.  Plus today’s prompt is easy for me to answer too.  So nearly done.  Although that said I may take a look at the July book a day prompts and do something with them. I’m not sure what the book I’ve reread most often is, overall.  Crossings by Danielle Steel comes to mind along with a couple of other books I’ve mentioned in earlier prompts. Over the last few years I haven’t been doing much in the way of rereading books.  I’d like to do more but the problem still remains that there are lots…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Bought in my fave independent book shop

    I will be back with another blog entry later today because I have a review to post but first, quickly, here is today’s book prompt. I don’t live near an independent book shop.  Hell there isn’t even a proper book shop here in this town.  So it’s a tricky one to answer. But I do love a visit to Foyles when I go to London.  And yes that’s a chain but it’s a pretty small one being they only have seven branches (six in London and one in Bristol) and I think I heard a rumour a while ago that one is closing.  So it does still count as an…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Want to be one of the characters

    Surprisingly I’m up already (if you follow my twitter feed you’ll know why this is surprising but I’ll blog about those reasons at some point soon) but I suspect I’ll be taking a l-o-n-g nap this afternoon so I’ll write my blog now. I can’t think of a book I want to be one of the characters of.  If I was asked what I’d like to be a character in and it could be anything it would probably be a TV show, specifically NCIS. What I’d like more than to be a character in a book is to read more books with people like me in.  Disabled people.  Specificially physically…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  CP related,  Uncategorized

    Should have sold more copies

    As I wrote on one of the earlier prompts I can’t help thinking this “Should have sold more copies” prompt is a bit samey with two of the prompts that have already been done. See here. I don’t keep track of the number of copies that a book sells.  I might have a good idea of how popular something is because of reading stuff online, particularly on twitter, blogs and goodreads (facebook, less so) but numbers no I don’t.  No idea either of what sort of numbers sold would be considered below average, normal, good, outstanding etc.  I might google that because now I think of it I’m intrigued.  But…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Never finished it

    There are many books I’ve started reading and never finished.  I’m a big believer in the idea that life is too short to read bad books.  Plus, I’m lazy and easily distracted which means books get put to one side and picked up again and put to one side and forgotten many times.  Sometimes I do eventually pick them up again and keep going from where I was and others I restart from the beginning and even more others I just… don’t bother with any more. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is one I’ve gotten a fair way through twice but abandoned it without finishing.  Once a year or two…

  • 2014,  Book A Day,  books and reading,  Uncategorized

    Hooked me in to reading

    I think for this prompt I’ve got to go with Enid Blyton. I couldn’t for the life of me tell you which was the first of hers I read but she was definitely my first ever “favourite author.” I want to say that the first books of hers I read, I read for my brownies book lover badge.  There were two of them that I was given to read by one of the assistants at my Brownie pack for my badge, I think we called her Mo.  I can’t remember what they were called but I really enjoyed them and I seem to recall wrecking the spine on one because…