Wait, you don’t have a library? In all seriousness, we are very fortunate to have been able to buy a house large enough for me to indulge my childhood dreams. I’ve wanted my own library for as long as I can remember, and we’ve been working hard since we moved in to turn this dusty, neglected box room into a cosy, joyous haven. The bulk of the renovation is done – we’ve removed the silver (!) paint from the skirting boards, stripped the stripy wallpaper…Continue Reading “Picking Prints for the Library”

Readathon complete! : We did it! I didn’t quite finish Astonish Me (I have 130 pages to go) but I did finish The Witches so that brings my total reads up to 4.5 books, which isn’t too bad I think! Q finished The BFG and got partway into The Explorer – we’re both now ready to drop. Thanks for the fun, Readathonners! Special thanks to the Team Sherlock cheerleaders for their motivational comments – it really helped! 🙂 End of Event Meme: Which hour was…Continue Reading “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon”

I’ve been a member of Goodreads for about five years now, I think? At least. I love tracking my books over there – they give you all sorts of nerdy stats if you’re into that (which I totally am) but there’s also a really lovely community there. I get to see what all my friends are reading (mostly great stuff!) and sometimes something super fun pops up in my feed, like this. My friend Jess joined a group called “Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge” and…Continue Reading “Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge”

1. RR David Levithan – The Lover’s Dictionary 2. NEW Stephen King – Joyland 3. NEW Douglas Coupland – Worst. Person. Ever. 4. NEW Tom Holt – Someone Like Me 5. NEW F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby 6. NEW Patrick Ness – The Crane Wife 7. NEW William Gibson – Johnny Mnemonic 8. NEW Haruki Murakami – The Elephant Vanishes 9. NEW Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book 10. RR Mitch Albom – Tuesdays with Morrie [30 for 30] 11. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 08 The Hostile Hospital 12. NEW Jennifer E Smith – You Are Here 13. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series…Continue Reading “Books: January Update!”

01. NEW William Gibson – Spook Country 02. RR Judy Blume – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret 03. RR Judy Blume – Blubber 04. NEW Lauren Weisberger – Last Night at Chateau Marmont 05. RR Judy Blume – Starring Sally J Freedman, as Herself 06. NEW Haruki Murakami – After the Quake 07. RR Toby Litt – Exhibitionism 08. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona the Pest 09. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona The Brave 10. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona & Her Father 11. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona & Her Mother 12. NEW Beverly Cleary – Ramona Quimby, Age 8 13. NEW Beverly…Continue Reading “December Book Update + 2013 Reading Roundup”

01. NEW Mitch Albom – Have a Little Faith 02. NEW Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 [November goals] 03. NEW Jojo Moyes – Honeymoon in Paris 04. RR Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr Y [30 for 30] 05. RR Christopher Pike – Road to Nowhere 06. RR Christopher Pike – The Visitor 07. RR Francine Pascal – My Mother Was Never a Kid 08. RR Francine Pascal – My First Love & Other Disasters 09. RR Francine Pascal – Love & Betrayal & Hold The Mayo [30 for 30] November was a funny month for reading. I didn’t finish a book until almost…Continue Reading “November Book Update”

01. RR Philip Pullman – The Amber Spyglass [30 for 30] 02. RR Maggie O’Farrell – The Hand That First Held Mine [30 for 30] 03. NEW David Mitchell – Ghostwritten [30 for 30] 04. RR Stephen King – Duma Key [30 for 30] 05. NEW Zadie Smith – NW [book club] 06. NEW John Green – The Fault In Our Stars [30 for 30] 07. RR Joe Dunthorne – Submarine [30 for 30] 08. NEW Scarlett Thomas – Our Tragic Universe [30 for 30] 09. RR Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha [30 for 30] Oof, October felt like a…Continue Reading “October Book Update”

01. NEW David Sedaris – The Santaland Diaries [book club] 02. RR William Gibson – Pattern Recognition [30 for 30] 03. NEW James Smythe – The Machine [30 for 30] 04. RR Bill Bryson – The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid [30 for 30] 05. NEW Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of the Island [30 for 30] 06. NEW Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – The Long War 07. NEW Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking [30 for 30] 08. RR Terry Pratchett – Reaper Man [30 for 30] 09. RR Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus [30 for 30] 10. NEW Emma Donahue – The Woman Who…Continue Reading “September Book Update”

01. RR Douglas Coupland – Hey Nostradamus [30 for 30] 02. NEW Stephen King – ‘Salem’s Lot [30 for 30] 03. NEW Francine Pascal – Sweet Valley Confidential [30 for 30] 04. NEW Jenny Downham – Before I Die [30 for 30] 05. RR Jon McGregor – If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things [30 for 30] 06. NEW Jenny Lawson – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened [30 for 30] 07. NEW Matt Haig – The Radleys [30 for 30] 08. NEW Jennifer E Smith – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight [30 for 30] 09. RR Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events: 01 A Bad Beginning [30 for…Continue Reading “August Book Update”

This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Read 30 Books I’ve Been Meaning To Read. So far I’ve read 5 out of 30. 1. Pamela Ribon – You Take It From Here Date Read: 29th June 2013 Rating:  3 stars Mini synopsis: Bossy girl with terminal cancer wants her reluctant friend to take over her life once she’s gone. Read it because: Pamela Ribon is a talented, funny writer. I personally couldn’t get along with the main character, but a lot of people like this one so…Continue Reading “30 for 30: Read 30 ‘To Read’ – Books 1-5”