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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Friday Poetry

So for this friday’s poetry I thought I would share with you all a poem from my childhood. I recently found an old poetry book that I had when I was very young and I have been re reading it. I have chosen a Dragon related poem because Dragons are brilliant!

The Sleepy Dragon

 

A dragon awake

in his mountain lair

where he’d slept

for a thousand years.

 

His treasure was rusty

his scales were dusty

his throat was dry

his wings wouldn’t fly

his throat was croaky

his fire was smoky

his eyes weren’t flashing

his tail wasn’t lashing

his claws couldn’t scratch

though he tried.

 

So he sighed

and stretched himself

over the floor

and went back to sleep

for a thousand years more.

Irene Rawnsley

 

Lady Book Dragon

A Bookish Tea Infuser

I finally got to use my new tea infuser that I got for Christmas. My friends know me so well, the two things I absolutely adore are tea and books and my best friend managed to get me something that combines both these things.

So here is the fantastic tea infuser with the little book of tea it came with. The Book tea infuser is called A Tale of Two Ci-Teas one of my favourite books.

 

I can report the tea infuser works brilliantly and I made the tea in a suitably bookish mug.

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I hope my next mug of bookish tea I can accompany it with a good book but sadly this mug of tea had to stay on the AGA to stay warm as I did some jobs.

Do you have any bookish related items? I would love to hear what they are.

Lady Book Dragon.

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.

Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack (Review)

Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack

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About the author

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David Mack has been writing since 1995 and is best known for his freelance Star Trek Novels. He has also produced a Star Trek script and worked on a Star Trek comic.

Blurb

Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it.

She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet’s dark, uncharted sea.

As the menace from this mysterious vessel grows stronger, Starfleet declares the colony expendable in the name of halting the threat. To save thousands of innocent lives, Burnham must infiltrate the alien ship. But to do so, she needs to face the truth of her troubled past, and seek the aid of a man she has tried to avoid her entire life – until now.

Review

After watching the first season of Star Trek: Discovery I was hooked with the series and decided to see if there were any books written based on the series. My cousin who is a major Trekkie informed me there was and I immediately went out and bought all four. I have read quite a few of the books based on the Star Wars films but never any Star Trek books, so this one is a first for me and will definitely not be my last.

I loved this book as it revealed so much about Burnham and Spock and their history together and their respective childhoods. The description of Spock was perfect to what I have always seen on the TV series of the original Star Trek. Burnham was also a perfect fit to the TV Burnham and I must admit I could not help but feel sorry for both of them. They are both troubled and have their own pasts to confront and get over and will need each other eventually to come to terms with their issues.

My other favourite character is Captain Georgiou, she is so strong and powerful, I can just imagine her power and influence on the Shenzhou, she is so full of wisdom and knowledge that her crew can not help but look up to her and be inspired. She is a powerful female lead in the book who holds strong to her principles and is not pushed around by men.

The other element I like in the book is that we get to meet Captain Pike and the USS Enterprise. In all honesty I find Pike to be a bit of a young puppy in comparison to Georgiou but I do not mind that one bit either, it is just another example of Georgiou’s wisdom, firm beliefs and power. Yes she shows weakness and loss of temper but it is also always controlled and just shows she is human.

The storyline of the book I found fascinating and was hooked very early on by the idea of this ancient ship acting out its orders from long ago. I immediately wanted to know more about the ship and where it had come from and could not put the book down.

The two elements which I did not enjoy very much was firstly the character of Saru, sadly I found Saru to be a bit of a wet blanket. He was constantly worrying, being socially awkward and just generally getting on my nerves. Yes, I know it is to do with his species and his genetic make up but at some time I felt like he did not belong in Star Fleet and could be better utilised elsewhere. I was delighted every time Burnham wound him up because I think Burnham and myself share the same point of view regarding Saru. 

The second issue I had with the book was occasionally I found it to be a bit slow and I wanted it to move on quicker, this was mainly with the Burnham and Spock interactions. I just found them to be long winded, as the reader I knew the point that was being put across and did not need it dragged out like it was. I was desperate to know what was going to happen next and did not have the patience to deal with the twaddle that was present at times.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and at times could not put it down and that is why I have given it 4 out of 5 Dragons. I highly recommend it to any Trekkies out there and sci-fi lovers who are not necessarily Star Trek fans. I loved it so much that as soon as I finished it I started to read the next in the series Drastic Measures.

Lady Book Dragon.

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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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Friday Poetry

This poem I chose because believe it or not I am currently doing a Chicken Behaviour and Welfare course online with Edinburgh University. After owning chickens for quite a few years I decided to learn more about them. After all you are never too old to learn new things.

Also this is my 100th blog post. Thank you for all the ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ everyone.

Cock – Crow

Out of the wood of thoughts that grows by night

To be cut down by the sharp axe of light, –

Out of the night, two cocks together crow,

Cleaving the darkness with a silver blow:

And bright before my eyes twin trumpeters stand,

Heralds of splendour, one at either hand,

Each facing each as in a coat of arms:

The milkers lace their boots up at the farms.

Edward Thomas

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This was the first cockeral that I ever owned his name was Charles and his hens were Queen Elizabeth, Eugenie, Victoria, Diana, Beatrice and Catherine.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Lady Book Dragon.