New Books 21/03/2019

This post is a little late but the busy week has taken its toll on blogging sadly.

On Thursday we had to go and do some errands and somehow ended up in Waterstones! No idea how that happened. Anyway my hubby and myself came away with just two books, we or rather I was restrained.

There were two books I was actually after and sadly I never managed to get either. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths was one of them and the other was Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I am currently watching The Expanse on Prime and would love to read the books.

I am not ordering books at the moment because I just keep buying so I am only buying books from the shops, one day off from work a week will slow down my book buying hopefully.

Anyway here are the two books we bought:-

Humble Pi by Matt Parker

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I must admit this was my husband’s choice and I’m not entirely sure I will read it. He started reading it as soon as we got home and so far he loves it.

 

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

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This was my choice and I am so happy I got it! I will be posting more on this book soon.

I would love to hear people’s thoughts on these books. Please feel free to comment.

 

Lady Book Dragon.

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New Books 18/03/2019

A very exciting day when 80 books arrive on your doorstep!

As you know I have been reading and reviewing the Penguin Little Black Classics but I do not own them all. So I decided this needed to be remedied but instead of getting the books seperately I went a little wild and bought the box set!

The Big List of all the lovely books

  1. Mrs Rosie and the Priest GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO
  2. As kingfishers catch fire GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
  3. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue
  4. On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts THOMAS DE QUINCEY
  5. Aphorisms on Love and Hate FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  6. Traffic JOHN RUSKIN
  7. Wailing Ghosts PU SONGLING
  8. A Modest Proposal JONATHAN SWIFT
  9. Three Tang Dynasty Poets
  10. On the Beach at Night Alone WALT WHITMAN
  11. A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees KENKO
  12. How to Use Your Enemies BALTASAR GRACIÁN
  13. The Eve of St Agnes JOHN KEATS
  14. Woman Much Missed THOMAS HARDY
  15. Femme Fatale GUY DE MAUPASSANT
  16. Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls MARCO POLO
  17. Caligula SUETONIUS
  18. Jason and Medea APOLLONIUS OF RHODES
  19. Olalla ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
  20. The Communist Manifesto KARL MARX & FRIEDRICH ENGELS
  21. Trimalchio’s Feast PETRONIUS
  22. How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher’s Dog JOHANN PETER HEBEL
  23. The Tinder Box HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
  24. The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows RUDYARD KIPLING
  25. Circles of Hell DANTE
  26. Of Street Piemen HENRY MAYHEW
  27. The nightingales are drunk HAFEZ
  28. The Wife of Bath GEOFFREY CHAUCER
  29. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
  30. The Terrors of the Night THOMAS NASHE
  31. The Tell-Tale Heart EDGAR ALLAN POE
  32. A Hippo Banquet MARY KINGSLEY
  33. The Beautifull Cassandra JANE AUSTEN
  34. Gooseberries ANTON CHEKHOV
  35. Well, they are gone, and here must I remain SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
  36. Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
  37. The Great Winglebury Duel CHARLES DICKENS
  38. The Maldive Shark HERMAN MELVILLE
  39. The Old Nurse’s Story ELIZABETH GASKELL
  40. The Steel Flea NIKOLAY LESKOV
  41. The Atheist’s Mass HONORÉ DE BALZAC
  42. The Yellow Wall-Paper CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN
  43. Remember, Body… C.P. CAVAFY
  44. The Meek One FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
  45. A Simple Heart GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
  46. The Nose NIKOLAI GOGOL
  47. The Great Fire of London SAMUEL PEPYS
  48. The Reckoning EDITH WHARTON
  49. The Figure in the Carpet HENRY JAMES
  50. Anthem for Doomed Youth WILFRED OWEN
  51. My Dearest Father WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
  52. Socrates’ Defence PLATO
  53. Goblin Market CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
  54. Sindbad the Sailor
  55. Antigone SOPHOCLES
  56. The Life of a Stupid Man RYŪNOSUKE AKUTAGAWA
  57. How Much Land Does A Man Need? LEO TOLSTOY
  58. Leonardo da Vinci GIORGIO VASARI
  59. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime OSCAR WILDE
  60. The Old Man of the Moon SHEN FU
  61. The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon AESOP
  62. Lips too chilled MATSUO BASHŌ
  63. The Night is Darkening Round Me EMILY BRONTË
  64. To-morrow JOSEPH CONRAD
  65. The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe RICHARD HAKLUYT
  66. A Pair of Silk Stockings KATE CHOPIN
  67. It was snowing butterflies CHARLES DARWIN
  68. The Robber Bridegroom BROTHERS GRIMM
  69. I Hate and I Love CATULLUS
  70. Circe and the Cyclops HOMER
  71. Il Duro D. H. LAWRENCE
  72. Miss Brill KATHERINE MANSFIELD
  73. The Fall of Icarus OVID
  74. Come Close SAPPHO
  75. Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands IVAN TURGENEV
  76. O Cruel Alexis VIRGIL
  77. A Slip under the Microscope H. G. WELLS
  78. The Madness of Cambyses HERODOTUS
  79. Speaking of Śiva
  80. The Dhammapada

 

I can not wait to start reading them all.

I would love to hear if you have read any of them and what you think of them.

Lady Book Dragon

 

 

Waterstones Challenge: Wolverhampton

Today after teaching we ventured off to Wolverhampton in search of the Waterstones there. This really was an adventure, mainly because we got lost a great deal.

The traffic was a nightmare getting into Wolverhampton so it was a rather slow journey, then we could not find our planned car park and after driving around in circles we just dumped the car in the nearest car park and hoped for the best. The next problem was finding the store, my phone said a 6 minute walk, this ended up taking about half an hour after getting very lost, again!

Eventually however we found the store and I went in search of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Sammanth Shannon. After a bit of searching we found the book and I think luckily I managed to get the last copy in the store. To be honest I was rather surprised how big the book is but I am very excited to start reading it.

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This store is sadly not a favourite of mine, I found the ground floor very cramped and claustrophobic but the top floor was wonderful, it was open and well organised and a relief from being downstairs.

After our adventure we found a Cafe Nero and had hot chocolates and treats. I thought my ginerbread girl was rather Harry Potteresque.

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Another Waterstones is ticked off the list and I hope to do at least one more this month, I will keep you posted.

Lady Book Dragon.

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Waterstones Challenge: Telford

This week I managed to tick off another Waterstones store, three down, loads to go.

Telford is a lovely store, a little bit small but packed full of books. There were lots of tables with exciting offers as well, which is always good. I went in the evening and the store was quiet so I could have a good look at all the books in peace.

I kept to the rules, here is the picture of myself stood infront of the store.

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And here are the books I bought whilst there:-

Red Queen by Christina Henry

Alice by Christina Henry

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For an added extra I have a picture of the top of the receipt.

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I have updated the list accordingly and I am planning my next adventure.

Lady Book Dragon

 

Book Haul

First book haul of 2019 and it is a big one.

For New Year my husband and myself spent a few days in our favourite place, Bath. Bath truly is my happy place. I always go a bit Jane Austen crazy when in Bath. I know Austen was not very keen on Bath but the fact that she lived here is just amazing.

Anyway I went to two book shops yesterday. First Waterstones and then Topping and Company.

At Waterstones I bought 8 books, these are:-

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne

I got this book because the hotel we are staying at has a copy and I started reading it and I’m really enjoying it but doubted that I would finish it before I went home.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ashamed to say I’ve never read it so I thought it was high time I corrected this fault.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I want to read this but I’m also nervous about reading it as I find Plath’s poetry a little depressing.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Love the film so decided to read the book. Hopefully it does not disappoint.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I ordered a copy of this a couple of years ago from Folio Society and got Gentlemen Prefer Blondes instead. Hopefully this book does not turn out to be as disastrous as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes turned out to be.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Not something I would usually read but to be honest I liked the look of the cover and thought it might be interesting.

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Looking forward to this as I do enjoy the Greek myths.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Another classic I have not read.

The Topping and Company book haul is as follows:-

Emma by Jane Austen

I already have a very worn paperback of Emma but I am collecting the Everyman’s Library series and this is the first Austen I have bought from the series.

Queen Mary The Official Biography by James Pope – Hennessy

I saw this and was intrigued, again not something I would generally read but I want to give it a try. Another reason was that I saw some of Queen Mary’s dresses at the Bath Fashion Museum.

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young

Seriously, who does not want to read a book about cows?

Monty Python at Work by Michael Palin

This book is signed by Michael Palin and was the main reason I got it. I do love Monty Python as well so I’m hoping it will be a good read.

What If? by Randall Munroe

I mainly bought this for my husband but I must admit I want to read it as well. You can not beat a little bit of craziness in the world.

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman

I’m trying to read all of Neil Gaiman’s books and this is next on the list.

The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carre

My mother in law recommended this book to me and I’ve been meaning to get it for a while.

The last book is a special one, as I have mentioned before I collect Tolkien books and so I bought a hardback illustrated The Lord of the Rings. The illustrations are done by Alan Lee and the copy is signed by Alan Lee.

So here is my massive book haul. I can not wait to get reading them all.

Please drop me comment if you have read any of these books. I would love to hear your opinions on them. Thank you.

Lady Book Dragon.

The Nutcracker

It’s nearly Christmas!!!

Last night I finally started The Nutcracker. I must admit I usually start this a lot earlier in December but due to being ill for a week and catching up with work and Christmas decorating, my reading has fallen a big behind but I hope I will be back on track soon.

Yesterday I had a lovely day spent with my husband and parents. It began with my husband and I performing a recital for a Christmas Tree Festival at the church my husband plays organ at. Then we came home for a quick breather, I even managed to do a bit of reading. I finished one book and read another very short book. Then we picked my parents up and went to see the new Mary Poppins film, followed by dinner out. The film was fantastic and it was wonderful to spend time with my husband and parents and not be having to rush off somewhere. It was a chance to relax, smile and share a laugh.

I have two reviews waiting to be written but I promise they will be up soon. I decided to watch Father Ted last night instead of writing reviews. Apologies but it was the first ever episode and I had never seen it before.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and are all ready for Christmas.

Lady Book Dragon.

New Books!

Hello my wonderful readers.

So yesterday I made a real effort and read quite a lot of my current Christmas read but then I got distracted by teaching, Christmas lights, Costa and decorating our Christmas tree. I have almost finished Christmas at the Beach Hut though and so far I adore it. I love it so much, I bought my best friend a copy to read over the Christmas period and my mom is going to borrow mine when I am finished. I really hope the ending is good now, otherwise I will be disappointed and so will the people I have recommended it to. In hindsight I should have waited till I finished the book before I went around telling people to read it but I am so excited about it that I just could not help myself. Does anybody else get this feeling about a book?

I have finally finished my Christmas present buying and have bought quite a lot of books for people. However, I also have a confession, I also bought myself some new books. I just could not stop myself. I only bought two purely because my bank balance could not cope with anymore hits. So here are my new books:-

Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin

Firestorm is very excited about this book as you can see in the picture below. I must admit I agree with him. I have read all of the A Song of Ice and Fire series so far and I am extremely impatient for the next book The Winds of Winter. I am also slightly annoyed with this new book Fire and Blood because I can not help but think Martin, could have spent his time finishing The Winds of Winter but I will not let that put me off from reading and hopefully enjoying Fire and Blood.

I’ll Keep you Safe by Peter May

Is the second book I bought. I read The Blackhouse by Peter May this year, it was a free book with Apple Books and I read it on my phone. It was shortly after reading a whole book on my iPhone that I decided a Kindle was probably a good idea, mainly for my poor eyes. I loved his style of writing and was instantly hooked, so when I saw this book for half price on the Waterstones I put it in my basket.

So here are my new books, all ready for me to start reading in 2019. It is certainly looking like a good year for reading.

I would love to hear what you think of my new books or even if you have any book plans for 2019.

Lady Book Dragon.