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!
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
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
Firstly, the books I have already read:-
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- The Complete Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
- The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Harry Potter (Series) by J. K. Rowling
- The Picture of Dorain Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- A Game of Thrones (Series) by George R. R. Martin
- MacBeth by William Shakespeare
- The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
- Winnie the Pooh (Complete Collection) By A. A. Milne
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
- Watership Down by Richard Adam
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- Bird Song by Sebastian Faulks
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Books I have not read (the ones I own are in blue):-
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
- Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
- The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- His Dark Materials (Trilogy) By Philip Pullman
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Ulysees by James Joyce
- Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
- Wild Swans by Jung Chang
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
- Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
- A History of Venice by John Julius Norwich
- The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
- Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
- London Fields by Martin Amis
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
- The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
- Gladys Aylward the Little Woman by Gladys Aylward
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
- Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
- The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Misery by Stephen King
- The Odyssey by Homer
- Tell No One by Harlan Coben
- Moby – Dick by Herman Melville
- 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.
Lady Book Dragon.
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
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
Have been waiting for this to come out for a while now, I was very excited to buy it.
Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott
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
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.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday dear Charles Dickens!
Happy Birthday to YOU!
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
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
About the author
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.
Considered unpublishable in his lifetime, the Victorian priest’s groundbreaking, experimental verse on nature’s glory and despair.
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.
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
Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.