First Day of Advent

Happy Advent!

December 1st and the first day of Advent means Christmas is coming!

Today I started my day by playing the organ for an Advent service and that included playing my favourite Advent hymn. In my eyes it isn’t Advent until I have either played or sung this hymn.

O come, O come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Adonai, Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Translated by John Mason Neale (1861)

Today has also meant the Advent candle being lit, a couple of Christmas decorations going up and of course opening the first door on my Advent calendar. I also managed to get some Christmas reading in as well, which is always good!

Happy reading.

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Music and Reading

Hello my fellow book dragons!

Over the last few days I have been pondering something that happens to me and I was wondering if it happens to any of my fellow readers.

As a musician music is a massive part of my life and so is reading and often the two go together as I do like to listen to music and read at the same time. However, when I reread a book I notice I associate certain parts of the book with certain songs. This happens the most when reading Harry Potter. When I first discovered the Harry Potter series I was visiting my sister in Scotland and read the books on the car journey to and from her house. At this time I also had a massive Linkin Park addiction and so now whenever I read one of the first four Harry Potter books I think of certain Linkin Park songs.

Now this evening whilst teaching one of my flute students I also had the same experience. My student is currently learning a piece I performed at university and had to write a massive essay on comparing 4 different performances of the same piece. This meant for weeks I was constantly listening to this piece, I was also commuting back and forth to university on the train and when I wasn’t writing essays on the train I was reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Now when I hear this piece I think of the book and it brings back very nostalgic memories of one of my favourite books.

This happens a lot with me whilst reading and I was wondering if anybody else experienced it or similar situations? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please drop me a comment.

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p.s My cat Lyra wanted to feature in the photo as well but wouldn’t keep still.

Happy 1st Birthday!

Hello Everyone!

It’s time to celebrate!

So I have now been blogging for a year! One whole year blogging about all things books and loving every minute of it. I have discovered loads of fellow book blogs and through these amazing blogs I’ve discovered some fabulous books I would not normally have considered reading, so thank you my fellow book bloggers.

Thank you for all my followers who have followed me from the beginning and to my followers who have just joined me on my journey, I truly appreciate all of your support.

Here’s to another year and hopefully more blogging about all things books.

Happy Reading

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Weekend Adventures

Hello everyone!

So on Saturday I celebrated my friend’s 30th in style! Yes, we went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Now I will be honest I have been quite a few times but I have not seen the Forbidden Forest or Gringotts bank so I was very pleased to visit and see the new scenes.

I will be honest I am terrified of spiders so the Forbidden Forest was a bit of trial for me but I absolutely loved Gringotts bank and it is possibly my second favourite part because of course the ultimate favourite is the castle at the end which is always rather emotional to behold.

What is everyone’s favourite part of the tour?

Here are a few photos from the day!

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Happy Hobbit Day

Happy Hobbit Day Everyone!

Today is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo two of my favourite Hobbits. Although the Shire calendar and the Gregorian calendar do not quite match up, this day has generally been agreed upon as Hobbit Day.

As some of you might have guessed I do love all things Middle Earth and I must admit Hobbits have always been a favourite. They are so loyal and full of hope, how can anybody not love them?

The other reason I love Hobbits is because they have possibly one of the best eating schedules imaginable. In the film they try and have seven meals a day and in The Fellowship of the Ring the book they will have six meals a day if they can manage it and that is if my memory of the book serves me correctly. They have a second breakfast, what is not to like?

Anyway, I think we should all try and be a bit more Hobbit. If we could all be a loyal friend, who is full of hope and try to always see the good in the world and love and respect this world we live in, the world would be a much better place to live in. And yes going for a nice drink at our local Green Dragon with friends to talk about anything and everything is also an excellent Hobbit tradition.

Happy Hobbit Day!

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A New Challenge

Hello my fellow Book Dragons

I thought I would tell you all about my new challenge. This challenge is entirely self inflicted and I came up with the idea after doing a few free courses on the Open University.

My challenge is to translate and read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from Latin to English. So I am in fact reading Harry Potter et Philosophi Lapis.

I am very much a beginner in Latin so I will be using a great deal of this.

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So far I have almost finished the first page and I am beginning to pick up pace, after the first sentence took me just over an hour! I am really enjoying it so far, so fingers crossed I get to the end. Who knows I might read the entire series in Latin.

So that is my challenge.

Happy reading

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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

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352 pages

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Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

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256 pages

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaws by Peter Benchley

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340 Pages

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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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

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