I enjoyed Room by Emma Donaghue although I wouldn’t say it was my favourite book of last year. I didn’t think it was as amazing as everyone was saying it was, but it did put an original twist on a story, which I liked. The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell was a beautiful book, and something I would never have picked up if it hadn’t have been assigned as our book group book. I’ve read a couple of hers since that I…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 25 : Your Favourite Book Of Last Year”

As If I could pick just one? I almost inhaled my local library as a kid (moving on to Danielle Steele and Virginia Andrews when I’d finished reading the Young Adult section – possibly not the best idea in hindsight). I was practically Matilda. I used to read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I adored anything by Francine Pascal, Enid Blyton and R.L Stein – many a night was spend under the covers with a torch reading Point Horror and the…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 24 : Your Favourite Book As A Child”

I think the majority of the authors I read are non British – I actually really struggle to find good British authors. (if you have any suggestions now is the time to speak up!) Obviously all the ones I’ve already mentioned a hundred times before: Stephen King, Augusten Burroughs, Douglas Coupland and Haruki Murakami. Although I don’t tend to read a lot of British authors I also don’t seem to branch out into non-American/Candian authors either so this question becomes harder to answer if you…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 23 : Your Favourite Book By A Non-British Author”

Completed in June: 4 55. Read all Augusten Burrows books I finally completed this one by reading Sellevision on the plane out to Portugal. I must admit, I really like Augusten’s style but his books do tend to get a bit samey – they’re all (with the except of Sellevision which is fiction) autobiographies of different points of his life. Very dry, very funny but when you read two or three in a short space of time they tend to merge into one a bit….Continue Reading “101 in 1001: June Update”

I read 20 books in June. Which is a bit ridiculous but also pretty nice. I’m only 15 books away from hitting my original 100 books target, so it looks like I’ll have to up it a bit! I tend to read books on my Kindle whilst I’m at work and I took it to Portugal to save on luggage space so I’ve managed to amass a rather large stack of library books at home, languishing in the corner. It wouldn’t be so bad but I…Continue Reading “July Challenge”

Read in June: 20 66. RR: Wish You Were Here – Mike Gayle 67. NEW: My Lover’s Lover – Maggie O’Farrell [Book Group] 68. NEW: When God Was A Rabbit – Sarah Winman [Book Group] 69. NEW: Constance Breakwater & Her Beautiful Museumhood – Giles Booth 70. NEW: The Minority Report – Philip K. Dick 71. NEW: Shit My Dad Says – Justin Halpern 72. NEW: Mystic River – Dennis Lehane [Book Group] 73. NEW: Unlucky In Death – Dan Dillard 74. NEW: The End Of…Continue Reading “Books! 2011 – June Update”

Tuesdays With Morrie helped me to be more tolerant, I think. The Diving Bell & The Butterflymade me more grateful for the little things we take for granted. (Cliché, but true!).  The Raw Shark Texts, The Unbearable Lightness of Being  and The End Of Mr. Y opened my mind more to science and philosophy, always welcome and always fun, if a little difficult to get my head around sometimes. There are so many books that have shaped and moulded my personality and knowledge. Books written by…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 21 : The Book That Made You Look At Life In A Different Way”

Q and I are flying out to Portugal today to celebrate my birthday and our Anniversary on Monday. (Yes, we got together on my birthday. This way he always remembers 😉 ). I’ve scheduled a few posts to run whilst we’re away so that you don’t miss me too much. I know, I know. I’m thoughtful like that… – Er, Harry Potter? Any of the X-Men comics? Anything that can make it alright for me to be a massive geek is absolutely fine by me….Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 22 : A Book You Wish Was Real Life”

The Time Traveller’s Wife definitely comes under this category. I’m pretty sure I’ve cried every time I’ve read it, because it’s full of emotion and I’m a complete sucker for a love story. (A lot of my favourite books are coming under so many of these categories that I feel like I’m repeating myself. Clearly I need to read more diverse books, heh). I haven’t read it for quite a while but I’m going to throw in Watership Down. The film scared me when I was a…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 20 : The Saddest Or Most Emotive Book You Have Read”

The Time Traveler’s Wife, obviously. There is something spine tingling about the way that the love story of Henry and Clare unfolds across the pages. Every time I think about this book I just want to read it again. I can imagine The Notebook is also pretty romantic (if it’s anything like the film) but I haven’t read it so I can’t really judge. I don’t really tend to read epic romance stories, especially the “classics” like Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice. I don’t know…Continue Reading “30 Day BC – Day 19 : The Most Romantic Book You Have Ever Read”