July 2019: Wrap Up

July has been a very busy month and thankfully I have managed a bit of reading, most of it to be honest when on holiday. I spent the end of July struggling through some text books for my Diet and Nutrition course and reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt when I had some spare time.

So here are the books I read, if you click the pictures you will get sent to the review:-

Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall

AwakenTheDarkness400

 

352 pages

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

36448701._SY475_

 

256 pages

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaws by Peter Benchley

419rnNQNAGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

 

340 Pages

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

23175315.jpg

 

130 Pages

2/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total pages in July: 1078

Total pages this year: 9760

 

Poems this month

5/7/19- Rain in Summer by Henry Wordsworth

12/7/19- To You by Langston Hughes

19/7/19- Morning Song by Sara Teasdale

26/7/19- High Flight by John Gillespie Magee Jr

 

Quotes this month

3//7/19- Song of Solomon

10/7/19- Nigel Kennedy

17/7/19- Neil Armstrong

24/7/19- Lee Hamilton

 

So that is my July Wrap Up. Fingers crossed I manage a few more books in August.

Happy Reading

lady book dragon signature 250w

 

Advertisements

A New Book Store

Hello my fellow book dragons!

Today was my day off and I needed to go to Bewdley to run a few errands so I used this as an excuse to visit Bewdley’s new book store Wyre Forest Books.

I have many happy memories as a child visiting Bewdley with my big sister and going to the book store Bewdley Books. Sadly this book store closed quite a few years ago and so we haven’t had an independent book store anywhere local for quite a long time.

Wyre Forest Books was a lovely store, it was spacious and well laid out and the man who was running it was helpful and very friendly. The best part was the children’s section, this was beautifully laid out and there was a palace for the children to sit in and read.

s7LyaJoVQ4CaAjTXSQVLEQ

I loved this store and will be a regular shopper there. I start a new job in September which is in Bewdley so I think that will be an excellent excuse to make little trips to the book store.

I did buy some books and a bookmark, one book I bought for my husband and one I bought for my dad but the other two and the bookmark I bought for myself.

gag5uzNsRPeFukXUEQYZIA

The two books I bought were:-

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Very excited to read these once my summer reads are finished.

Anyway, if you live near Bewdley check out Wyre Forest Books it is brilliant.

lady book dragon signature 250w

Learning new words

Aloha!

I just thought I would share with you something that has really brought a smile to my face whilst being in Maui.

Everyday when our room is done the housekeeper leaves a card with a Hawaiian word on it and its meaning. I have loved learning the new words each day and have been collecting them in my Kindle case. I was quite upset when the one day we had a double because it meant I did not learn a new word!

So because this blog is essentially about a love of words I thought I would share the words I have learnt with you all.

Ho’okipa (hoe-oh-kee-pah)

To entertain and welcome with gracious hospitality, a spirit of generosity and Aloha.

Kapa (kah-pah)

Traditional cloth made from Wauke or Mamaki bark, and decorated with patterns or watermarks.

Mahalo (mah-ha-low)

Thanks, gratitude, and to have appreciation.

Ho’omau (Ho-oh-maow)

To continue, persist, renew, perpetuate and persevere.

Nalu (nah-loo)

Waves or surf, wavy; as in wood grain.

‘Ohana (OH-hah-nah)

Family, relative, extended family.

There we have our new words. I would have loved to have known how many cards there were to collect in all. So many new words to learn.

Also the dragons made a new friend today, her name is Maui.

Happy reading.

Maui

Hello my fellow book dragons!

It might be a little quiet at the moment because Lord and Lady Book Dragon are currently on holiday in Maui.

The good news is that Lady Book Dragon is doing a lot of reading by the pool and on the beach. There will be a lot of book reviews going up once we are safely back home. Lady Book Dragon has even had to borrow one of Lord Book Dragon’s books to read as she was struggling to find reading material!

But for now enjoy a few snaps of our hols.

Happy reading.

May 2019 Wrap Up

Well another month is over and a new one has begun, so I thought I had better reflect on May. In my reflection of May I realise just how little reading I did. No wonder I’ve felt stressed, if I don’t read enough I always get grumpy. June I must read more!

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you for all the likes and comments in May and also a big hello to my new followers, I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.

There were good elements of May on the blog, for one thing we celebrated Star Wars Day and I have decided to tackle my first every reading challenge over the Summer, which I am very excited about.

Sadly, I only managed to read 5 rather short books over May. Here they are (if you click the picture it will take you to the review):-

Star Sullivan by Maeve Binchy

9780752879543

128 pages

3/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under the Garden by Graham Greene

115390

87 pages

3/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell) by John Sutherland

29363456

176 pages

5/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Immortal City by Amy Kuivalainen

44953207

324 pages

5/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too Many Coincidences by Jeffrey Archer

38472435

40 pages

1/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total pages:- 755

Total pages this year so far: 7420

Rather disappointing I know but fingers crossed for a better month in June.

 

Poems Celebrated in May 2019

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Life by Charlotte Bronte

There Is No Frigate Like A Book by Emily Dickinson

Mary Celeste by Judith Nicholls

The Throstle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

Quotes Celebrated in May 2019

Laozi

William Congreve

Robert Frost

George Eliot

Claude Debussy

 

So that is my month of May, hopefully June will be better on the reading front. I hope you all had a good May and have some exciting plans for June.

Please drop me a link to your May Wrap Ups I would love to read them.

Happy Reading.

fullsizeoutput_f5f

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

Hello my fellow Book Dragons!

I have a confession to make.

I have never done a reading challenge before, other than setting myself a certain number of books to read every year on Goodreads. So this year I have decided to give this a go as I have a very long flight coming up in the summer to go on my holibobs and sadly come home back to work. Will also probably be doing quite a bit of reading whilst on holiday as we have a beach right next to our hotel.

There are two challenges, the beginner one and the expert level one. I will be sticking with the beginner one as it is my first challenge and do not want to set myself up for a fall.

The Beginner Challenge has the following prompts:-

  •  Good as gold: Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.
  •  The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.
  •  Short & sweet: Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting).
  •  On the bandwagon: Read one of the “most read” books right now on Goodreads.
  •  Actually want to read: Read a book that’s been on your Want to Read shelf for more than a year.
  •  Not from around here: Read a book set in a different culture from your own.
  •  In the friend zone: Read a book that a friend has recommended.
  •  It takes two: Read a coauthored book.
  •  Wheel of format: Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (a graphic novel, poetry, a play,
    an audiobook, etc.).
  •  New voices: Read a debut novel.
  •  Past love: Reread a book you loved when you were younger.
  •  Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit.

I must admit I am excited to start the challenge and also rather nervous, I really want to complete the challenge and not let myself down. The first day of summer is Friday 21st June but I am not entirely sure I can wait that long to start but I will try, I will plan my books to read on the run up. I think I will most likely do most of this challenge whilst on holiday, the question is do I do the challenge in order?

I would love to hear about the reading challenges my fellow book dragons have completed or attempted, please let me know. Also any advice would be most welcome on my challenge.

I will keep you posted.

Happy Reading and have a glorious bank holiday weekend.

Happy Star Wars Day!

May the 4th be with you all!

Yes, I love Star Wars and to me 4th May is Star Wars Day.

From an early age I have been obsessed with the Star Wars franchise I have even read a lot of the books attached to the franchise. I remember getting all the books I could find attached to the making of the movies and reading everything I could about them. All in all I love Star Wars and thankfully so does my husband.

I think the old traditional fight of good versus evil fought across galaxies is the main reason I love the story but also because hey lightsabers are amazing!

So if you are also a massive Star Wars fan like myself please feel free to comment with your reasons for the franchise addiction.

Lady Book Dragon.

fullsizeoutput_f1f