Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!

How are my fellow my readers celebrating Halloween? Are you reading any spooky books? I would love to hear what you are reading so please feel free to leave me a comment.

Whilst walking my dog I was very pleased to see the neighbours getting into the spirit of things with a skeleton in their garden.

And here is one of our pumpkins. Sorry they are not very imaginative. I’m hoping to do better next year.

Happy trick or treating!

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Mid Week Quote

A little quote to keep us going through the week.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

JRR Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring

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Just think, we are half way through the working week!

I took the picture on a walk recently and it made me think of Middle Earth, and inspired the quote.

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Review 2: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Good morning my fellow book dragons! Thank you for all the likes, comments and follows so far. I really hope you are enjoying my blog so far. I hope you have a good day and happy reading!

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall

About the author

Laura Marshall grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the University of Sussex. In 2015 Marshall decided to complete a lifelong ambition to write a book, and enrolled on a three month creative writing course. Friend Request is Marshall’s first novel and it was shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2016. Marshall now lives in Kent with her husband and two children.

Blurb

Maria Weston wants to be friends with me. Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down. She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.

Review

I saw a lot of good reviews about this book, on a few of my book related facebook pages and so I had to get a copy. I always take a list of possible books to buy when I go to Waterstones and I bought this last month with high hopes.

I was quite excited to read this book and although yes it was a good read, I was also rather disappointed. The lead character Louise sadly got on my nerves somewhat, as she just seemed to be rather weak and at times pathetic. At times I felt sorry for her son Henry as I couldn’t help but wonder what type of example she was setting him. Polly was the typical strong friend who everyone wants in their life. Sam is portrayed as the strong in control character but obviously a total jerk and the old school friends we have all gone to school with and are familiar with the different characters and social groups they were in.

The major element of this book is bullying and I was glad to read a book which discussed this in detail, as sometimes I find bullying is still hidden away and not talked about. I admit my life in school was not easy and I was a victim of bullying for my middle school years (I was in a three tier system). In some ways I was lucky I had a small group of friends but sadly my friends and I suffered a great deal at times and life was not easy. However I have no idea how I would have coped without those friends. This book shows the grizzly details of bullying and the hurt caused by excluding people from things and the consequences. I honestly wonder if Marshall is not drawing on experiences she might have had at school.

It was really interesting how social media played a major role in this book and how vulnerable it can make us if we are not vigilant. It really made me realise that anybody can pretend to be anyone on social media and you are none the wiser who you are really talking to. The fact that Maria Weston who has been dead for twenty-five years is suddenly adding people on social media is very haunting and better than a ghost returning in my opinion.

As a thriller, this book was good but I would have liked a bit more suspense and eventually it started to get a little predictable and I’m sorry to say but the twist was obvious to me. However all the elements all fitted together brilliantly and I did enjoy reading it. It was a fast paced read which had me hooked most of time.

As Marshall’s first novel I think this is brilliant and I can’t wait to read more of her novels especially if they draw on real life situations as Friend request has.

My rating on Goodreads is 3/5 stars. 

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Birthday Book Haul

Last week was my birthday and I was very happy to have a good book haul in presents. So I thought I would share my book pile. I had loads of Tolkien always a favourite of mine and the complete works of Jane Austen in the Folio Society editions. I also had the limited edition of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty done by the Folio Society, it is so beautiful I have not opened it yet, as I am so scared of marking it. I love the Folio Society editions but can rarely afford them so it is wonderful when I get them as presents and I have never had a limited edition before so that is a real treasure.

Anyway here are a few snaps of my new book pile.

 

 

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Review: 1. Cat out of Hell by Lynne Truss

So here it is my first review of my new blog. I hope you enjoy. The picture below is of the book next to my cat Pantalaimon or Pan for short. I’m sorry but he is rather rude and refused to face the camera.

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Cat out of hell by Lynne Truss

About the author

Lynne Truss born in 1955, Surrey England is the renowned author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves but is also a columnist, broadcaster and comedy radio dramatist. She was a originally a cat lover but made the unusual switch to dogs recently. Cat out of Hell is her first novel in more than ten years.

Blurb on the book

A dead librarian, a charismatic cat and a mystery involving the Devil himself. If you’ve ever been suspicious of that evil glint in your cat’s eye, this book might just confirm all your worst fears… 

Review

After catching a rather nasty cold, I found myself unable to work and either sleeping or reading. So yesterday I read this book and I’m still not entirely sure what to make of it.

I remember buying this book and I must admit I bought it because of the title and cover (I know so shallow)! In my defence my husband and myself have two cats, one of which is black, like the cat on the cover, so inevitably I had to buy the book.

I really enjoyed the book hence why I couldn’t put it down, however it didn’t answer all the questions that I wanted answering and that is why it only got three stars. To be honest the ending really wound me up and I just ended up frustrated with the outcome.

The characters were fantastic and very well written, if a little stereotypical and by stereotypical I mean the character Wiggy. Alec, I found adorable and pitiable and his commentaries in places were hilarious, especially his obsession with the air freshener and sausage sandwich.

Roger and the Captain were fascinating and I really wanted to learn more about their past but sadly that was not going to happen. This novel left me with so many questions, what happened to the kittens? how old is the Captain? And many more! Also did Watson the dog really do that or was it a figment of Alec’s imagination?

The part I loved the most was how Truss uses cats normal behaviour that we take for granted and gives it a different meaning we would never have thought of. Why do cats purr? Why do cats knead our lap? Truss gives them a very different meaning.

This book definitely confirmed some of the worries I had about cats (I’m really not a cat person) and to be honest I don’t think I will ever trust my black cat again.

A good but frustrating read.

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

Have good day!

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Welcome

Welcome my fellow book dragons!

So this is my first book related blog. All my life I have loved to read, review and talk about books and finally after a lot of thought I have got up the courage to start a blog. Here I will review the books I have read, share some favourite quotes of the week and hopefully throw in some music as well (I am a musician so I’m afraid it will be inevitable).

I am also a self confessed book hoarder, I hardly ever get rid of books, maybe ten a year if my husband is lucky. Also if there is a beautiful edition of a book I will buy it, so I have many editions of my favourite book. My dream is to have my own personal library and I’m hoping in the next couple of years to make this happen, I will keep you posted.

Anyway enough of my waffle! I hope you enjoy my blog.

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