WWW Wednesday: 21/10/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Well today is another wet and horrible day but that is ok because I have plenty of studying to do and a big pile of books to read oh and a huge supply of tea.

What I am Currently Reading

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I am absolutely loving this so far which is good as I loved the first one. I do wish I had reread the first one before reading this though.

 

What I have Recently Finished

Finished these two this week. Anna of Kleve was excellent, Piranesi was rather disappointing sadly, review will follow shortly.

 

What I Plan to Read Next

Well as per usual this could be anything so here are a few ideas.

 

So there is my WWW Wednesday. Please drop me a link with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy reading my fellow book dragons.

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WWW Wednesday: 13/10/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

Yay! Finally I have finished a book and can take part in WWW Wednesday. I have tried to read too many books at once and got a bit overwhelmed and so my reading has suffered.

What I am Currently Reading

Still plodding with the Aeneid but going on really well with Anna of Kleve.

 

What I Have Recently Finished Reading

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Really enjoyed this, click the picture for the review.

 

What I Plan to Read Next

It could be any of these or none of these, it all depends on what mood I’m in.

 

Please drop me a link with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

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Top 5 Tuesday: What are your favourite books that have ghosts.

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

This is tricky one for me as I tend to not be that fond of Ghost stories as I find them a bit silly but here are the ones I like.

 

Dead Men by Richard Pierce

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

Drop me a link with your Top 5 Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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First Lines Friday: 9/10/2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

It’s time to get guessing that book! The answer is below the cats.

“When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother and aunts and thousand cousins.”

 

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and the answer is…

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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Drop me a link with your First Lines Friday and I will head over for a visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

Here are some of my all time favourite book quotes!

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

 

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

 

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”

When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne

 

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

 

“Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

 

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone By J. K. Rowling

 

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony. Half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.”

Persuasion by Jane Austen

 

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 

There is my Top Ten Tuesday, I really enjoyed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday.

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Goodreads Monday: 28/09/2020

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.

 

This is the first time I have taken part in Goodreads Monday so here is a book I have chosen at random off my TBR list.

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The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is an intoxicating story of art, obsession and possession.

London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park and among the crowd watching the spectacle two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment – forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning.

When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.

But Silas has only thought of one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening . . .

 

Drop me a comment if you have read it and drop me a link with your Goodreads Monday and I will check out your post.

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Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Hello!

I saw this on Julie’s blog One More Book and loved it so thought I would give it a go.

 

Rules:

  • Link back to original creator – Madame Writer
  • Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag
  • Answer all prompts
  • Add one more prompt of your own
  • Tag at least 5 people
  • Don’t lie
  • Have fun!

 

Never Have I Ever… burned a book

Definitely a no from me, I never destroy books.

 

Never Have I Ever… read a book I knew I would hate

This I have definitely done. Lots of books on study lists that I just knew I would not enjoy but read anyway.

 

Never Have I Ever… written a fanfiction about my favourite books

A big no! I have never been keen on fanfiction.

 

Never Have I Ever… loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older.

Hmm this is a tricky one. I’m not sure I have a book that I have hated as an adult but I have plenty of books that I hated as a child and now love as an adult.

 

Never Have I Ever… dressed up as one of my favourite literary characters.

I dressed up as lots of characters when I was at school but can’t quite remember them all. I have dressed up as Legolas in the past.

 

Never Have I Ever… hated a book by an author I love

Terry Pratchett is my all time favourite author but I hated his book Snuff and that really upset me as I never thought I would dislike a book by him.

Just recently I read The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths and I really did not like that either when everything I have read of Griffiths’ so far I have loved.

 

Never Have I Ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more

All the time! I seriously can not be trusted in a bookstore as my poor husband knows all too well.

 

Never Have I Ever… read the ending of a book before reading the beginning

Never! But I have read the ending of a book that I haven’t been enjoying to see if it is worth carrying on with.

 

Never Have I Ever… read a book without the dust cover

All the time as it protects the dust cover.

 

Never Have I Ever… skim read nearly half a book

Definitely, especially when reading study books.

 

Never Have I Ever… dropped a book in the bath

Yes! Hence why I never now read in the bath.

 

I really enjoyed this book tag. I won’t be tagging anybody but feel free to join in!

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WWW Wednesday: 23/09/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

Happy Wednesday!

Time for another reading update!

What I am Currently Reading

Really getting into the Aeneid at the moment.

 

What I Have Recently Finished Reading

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Really did not enjoy this sadly.

 

What I Plan to Read Next

As per usual lots of options because I am never sure what I will read next.

 

So there is another WWW Wednesday. Please drop me a link to your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

Hello!

This Top Ten Tuesday is a bit of a tricky one for me because as I have said many times, I am a mood reader. However, I will try my best to see which books I might read this Autumn.

 

The Time-travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett

The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling

Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir

Troy by Stephen Fry

Mantel Pieces by Hilary Mantel

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Die Standing by John Jackson Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivainen

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

So there is my Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about the books listed and of course please drop me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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First Line Friday: 18/09/2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

Happy Friday!

It is time to guess that book. As per usual the answer is below the cats.

“Anna peered through the window of the gatehouse, watching the chariot trundling through below, enjoying the rich sensuousness of the new silk gown she was wearing, and conscious of her parents’ expectations of her.”

 

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ANSWER

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Newly widowed and the father of an infant son, Henry VIII realizes he must marry again to insure the royal succession. Now forty-six, overweight and unwell, Henry is soundly rejected by some of Europe’s most eligible princesses, but Anna of Kleve—a small German duchy—is twenty-four and eager to wed. Henry requests Anna’s portrait from his court painter, who enhances her looks, painting her straight-on in order not to emphasize her rather long nose. Henry is entranced by the lovely image, only to be bitterly surprised when Anna arrives in England and he sees her in the flesh. She is pleasant looking, just not the lady that Henry had expected.

What follows is a fascinating story of this awkward royal union that had to somehow be terminated tactfully. Alison Weir takes a fresh and surprising look at this remarkable royal marriage by describing it from the point of view of Queen Anna, a young woman with hopes and dreams of her own, alone in a royal court that rejected her from the day she arrived.

Please drop me a comment with your First Line Friday and I will head over for a visit.

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