New Book – 14/02/2019

Hello my fellow readers!

I hope you have all had a good week and have a full weekend of reading planned ahead.

I just thought I would tell you about my latest new book. My wonderful husband took me to Waterstones on Valentine’s Day and told me to choose a book and he would treat me. I was very restrained as he had already spoiled me with some other presents and a big bunch of flowers, he is brilliant. My choice in the end was The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. I have been looking forward to this book and so grabbed it when I saw it on the shelf, although it was hidden away right at the bottom. Another exciting book to add on to my TBR pile!

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I am hoping to read a bit more next week and get down my TBR pile, work has got in the way recently and falling asleep on the sofa but next week is half term so I am hoping for a bit of reading time as I am only working on three days and they are not full days.

What will everyone be reading this weekend?

Lady Book Dragon

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100 Books Scratch Off Bucket List

I mentioned at Christmas that my best friend bought me the 100 Books Scratch Off Bucket List and I decided that I would start reading the books on there that I have not read before. Anyway the list has been sat looking at me since Christmas and I still haven’t made a start on reading some of the books off the list.

So I thought I would make a few lists and enlist you my fellow readers to help me decide on which book to read next.

Here is what the poster looks like

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Firstly, the books I have already read:-

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  3. The Complete Art of War by Sun Tzu
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  7. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  8. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. Harry Potter (Series) by J. K. Rowling
  11. The Picture of Dorain Gray by Oscar Wilde
  12.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  13. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  14. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  15. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  17. A Game of Thrones (Series) by George R. R. Martin
  18. MacBeth by William Shakespeare
  19. The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) by J. R. R. Tolkien
  20. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  21. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  22. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  23. Winnie the Pooh (Complete Collection) By A. A. Milne
  24. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  25. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  26. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  27. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  28. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  29. Watership Down by Richard Adam
  30. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  31. Bird Song by Sebastian Faulks
  32. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

Books I have not read (the ones I own are in blue):-

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  4. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  5. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  8. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  9. The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  10. Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  11. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  13. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  14. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  15. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  16. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  17. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  18. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
  19. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  20. His Dark Materials (Trilogy) By Philip Pullman
  21. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  22. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  23. Ulysees by James Joyce
  24. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  25. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  26. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  27. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  28. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  29. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  30. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  31. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  32. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  33. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  34. Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner
  35. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  36. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  37. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  38. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  39. Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
  40. A History of Venice by John Julius Norwich
  41. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  42. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  43. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  44. Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
  45. London Fields by Martin Amis
  46. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  47. My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  48. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  49. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  50. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  51. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
  52. Gladys Aylward the Little Woman by Gladys Aylward
  53. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  54. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  55. Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
  56. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  57. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  58. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  59. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  60. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  61. The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  63. Misery by Stephen King
  64. The Odyssey by Homer
  65. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  66. Moby – Dick by Herman Melville
  67. Middlemarch by George Eliot

 

So out of the books on the list that I have not read and own which do you think I should read next? Whichever book is the most popular I will read next. Thank you in advance for your choices.

Happy reading.

Lady Book Dragon.

Waterstones Challenge: Merry Hill

This week on the 7th February I visited my fourth Waterstones off the list, Merry Hill. It has been a while since I have visited the Waterstones at Merry Hill and I had forgotten how small the store is. Small in a good way, as sometimes I get overwhelmed by massive bookstores and just do not know where to look.

It was a really nice atmosphere in the store and quiet, which I love because you do not have to rush or fight through people to have a good browse. As usual the books were laid out perfectly and so I managed to find some good books to buy.

Here are the books I bought and I used my special book buying bag that I got for Chistmas off my sister-in-law.

 

The books I bought are as follows:-

The Man with No Face by Peter May

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This edition I got is actually signed by the author and as he is a favourite of mine I just could not resist buying it. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it anyway.

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

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Have been waiting for this to come out for a while now, I was very excited to buy it.

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

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This is actually my husband’s choice and I bought it for him but would also like to read it when he has finished it. It looks very intriguing and different to what I usually read.

Dog Stories Everyman’s Pocket Classics

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I love the Everyman books, I just think they look so pretty. We have the cat version of this book and I thought it was high time we had the dog one.

Anyway this was my book haul, I think it is a good haul and can not wait to start reading them.

On to planning my next Waterstones adventure.

Lady Book Dragon.

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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Happy Birthday to you.

Happy Birthday to you.

Happy Birthday dear Charles Dickens!

Happy Birthday to YOU!

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Another of my favourite authors was born on this day and that is the great Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens was born on this day in 1812 in Portsmouth. Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in debtors prison. Despite his lack of education Dickens went on to write 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed readings, he also edited a weekly journal for 20 years. He was also a campaigner for children’s rights, education and social reforms.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was the first Dickens novel I read and also the first classic book I read at the young age of 9 years old. Later I fell in love with A Tale of Two Cities and have since read it many times. I have not read all Dickens’ novels though sadly but hope to remedy that soon. I do own a beautiful set of old Dickens’ novels that are a joy to behold and read and a complete set of Vintage Classics that are paperback. I tend to read the paperbacks though as I do not like to take the old antique ones out of the house. Sadly as we are trying to get our library room finished my Dickens collection is stacked up in the living room, but I have included a few snaps of my antique Dickens books.

So Charles Dickens, happy birthday and thank you for your wonderful work, you truly were a literary genius.

Lady Book Dragon.

 

The Dickens’ novels that I have read are as follows:-

The Pickwick Papers

A Christmas Carol

A Tale of Two Cities

Our Mutual Friend

The Old Curiosity Shop

Great Expectations.

Which one do you think I should read next? I would love to hear what your favourite Dickens novel is.

 

 

As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Review)

As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins

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About the author

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Gerard Manley Hopkins was born on the 28th July 1844, he was an English poet and Jesuit priest. His two main themes in his poetry are nature and religion. He died in 1889 of what is believed to be typhoid fever. His work was largely ignored during his life but was published posthumously.

Blurb

Considered unpublishable in his lifetime, the Victorian priest’s groundbreaking, experimental verse on nature’s glory and despair.

Review

Oh dear, as I have mentioned in the past I struggle with poetry and this book has been a massive challenge and although I persevered I did not enjoy the poetry.

The second book in the Penguin Little Black Classics is a series of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins and titled after possibly his most famous poem As Kingfishers Catch Fire.

The main thing I struggled with was that I found the poetry stilted and lacking fluency. I also found his use of imagery a bit strange and his wording a struggle to grasp.

Overall I just struggled full stop and would not read anything of this author again, if it was not for the fact the book was so short I doubt I would have finished it. I have problems appreciating poetry but have recently been enjoying reading through some poetry books and discovering new poets that I enjoy to read. Sadly though this book did not appeal and I only give this little book of poems 1 dragon out 5.

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New Books 3/02/2019

Amazon has a lot to answer for, they keep sending me all these emails advertising the cheap books and this evening before I had realised what I had done I had bought 7 books!

I could not believe that the the entire series of Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan was on the deal of the day, each book costing just 99p each. Then I also discovered another Veronica Henry book for 99p and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

I’m very excited to read the Heroes of Olympus series as I am a massive fan of Rick Riordan.

So here are my lovely new books.

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

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Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

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Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

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Many exciting books to read, lets hope I find the time to fit in all this reading.

I would love to hear if anybody has read these books and their thoughts on them, please drop me a comment.

Lady Book Dragon

 

 

The 7 Day Book Cover Challenge

7 days ago my cousin nominated me for the 7 Day Book Cover Challenge on Facebook so I thought I would share with you what the 7 book covers were that I shared on Facebook.

Day 1

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte was the first book choice. This copy I have read many times and each time I see the story in a different light.

Day 2

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. I can not tell you how much I love this trilogy. I used to read it every year, I have not done this for a few years so I think it is high time I re read them all again.

Day 3

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Another classic, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This is not my current favourite Austen novel, that is currently Persuassion but this is the one I have read the most and it was my first Austen novel.

Day 4

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Silas Marner by George Eliot is another one that I used to read every year and plan on reading this year again. It is just such a wonderful little story and always makes me cry but for all the good reasons.

Day 5

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Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. Anne is my favourite Bronte and this is my favourite novel by her. I love how you can tell it is influenced by her life experiences.

Day 6

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This wonderful book kept me company on many a train journey to and from Liverpool whilst I was studying at the University of Liverpool doing my Masters. Although I have only read it once it has always stayed with me and started my love of Tolstoy.

Day 7

 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. My favourite Dickens novel, I first read this as a childrens version of the book and then when I was older read the original and have read it many times since. I love it so much!

So there are my 7 books. I would love to hear if anybody else has done the 7 day book cover challenge. Please drop me a comment and I will head over to your blog.

Lady Book Dragon.