Friday Poetry: Spike Milligan

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has some good book plans for the weekend.

My chosen poem this week is by Spike Milligan and I love it because it is nonsense and sometimes we all need a little nonsense in our lives. Oh and it mentions cats!

 

The Land of the Bumbley Boo

In the Land of the Bumbley Boo

The People are red white and blue,

They never blow noses,

Or ever wear closes,

What a sensible thing to do!

 

In the Land of the Bumbley Boo

You can buy Lemon Pie at the Zoo;

They give away Foxes

In little Pink Boxes

And Bottles of Dandylion Stew.

 

In the Land of the Bumbley Boo

You never see a Gnu,

But thousands of cats

Wearing trousers and hats

Made of Pumpkins and Pelican Clue!

 

Oh, the Bumbley Boo! the Bumbley Boo!

That’s the place for me and you!

So hurry! Let’s run!

The train leaves at one!

For the Land of the Bumbley Boo!

The wonderful Bumbley Boo-Boo-Boo!

The Wonderful Bumbley BOO!!!

 

Spike Milligan.

 

Happy reading!

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This and That Thursday: 18/06/2020

Hello!

I can’t believe it is Thursday again! The weeks are just flying by. So here is what I have been up to other than reading.

 

Exercising

This week I have got back into my exercise and I was quite pleased to move from a 2KG kettlebell to a 4KG Kettlebell. I have also discovered a new type of workout which is called Fit Combat that combines combat moves and cardio to music. It is a super workout that I really enjoyed. I also tried my new Tikiboo shorts and love them so will be saving for another pair.

 

Baking

Yes, I have been baking again! The husband kept asking for another carrot cake so I spent Monday grating carrots and making the cake.

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Paint by Numbers

I’m still plodding along with this and I must admit I do get rather annoyed when I discover I’ve missed a number. I finished number 5 yesterday but also discovered I had missed a load of 2’s!

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Studying and Ukulele

I’m still busy studying and I have almost finished my FutureLearn course on The Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World that we were recommended to do before we start year two of our Masters. I’ve also been practising the Ukulele loads and have now decided that I will attempt grade 2 in the Autumn instead of grade 1.

Tv

Will admit I am getting quite obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the moment. Bringing back good memories of when I watched it when it first came out.

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So that is my week. I hope everyone else has had a good week so far. Drop me a comment if you want to chat.

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WWW Wednesday: 17/06/2020

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

 

Hello! This post is a little later than expected but here it is. Not much reading done this week I will be honest.

 

What I am Currently Reading

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I am so close to finishing this, I have literally 12% left to read. I am thoroughly enjoying it.

 

What I have recently finished reading

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Loved this book so much! Click on the picture for the review.

 

What I plan to read next

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No big list this week as I have chosen this to read next and I am very excited to start it.

 

So that is my WWW Wednesday, please drop me a link with your WWW Wednesday and if you have any thoughts on the books I have listed.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.

Hello and happy Tuesday!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an interesting one for me because as most of you know I’m not great with planning my reading as I am a mood reader. This in mind I have chosen ten books that I really want to read soon and hopefully I will get round to reading them over the summer.

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

 

Drop me a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday link or if you have any thoughts on the books I have listed.

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Books I’m Excited About #2

Hello!

I have more books that I am excited about and I have preordered them because I am that excited. Most of them appear to be coming out in October, so October could be a very expensive month!

So here is what I have recently preordered…

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Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

I love the sound of this book and Susanna Clarke is an excellent writer so I’m really looking forward to this book.

 

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Created and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million best seller ‘This is Going to Hurt’), ‘DEAR NHS’ features household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include Joanna Lumley, Naomie Harris, Kate Tempest, Lee Child, Tanni Grey Thomson, Bill Bryson, Trevor McDonald, Jack Whitehall, Michael Palin, Stanley Tucci and many, many more.

 

 

 

 

I love Adam Kay and find his books very emotional so I am looking forward to reading this book and will make sure I have a box of tissues ready just in case.

 

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The story of Troy speaks to all of us – the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against that great city, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years.

It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and naturally, nature takes its course.

It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides. The Greeks cannot defeat the Trojans – since Achilles, the Greek’s boldest warrior, is consumed with jealousy over an ally’s choice of lover, the Trojan slave Briseis, and will not fight . . .

The stage is set for the oldest and greatest story ever told, where monstrous passions meet the highest ideals and the lowest cunning.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

I love this ancient story so it will be interesting to see what Stephen Fry’s take of this legendary story is.

 

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In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, ‘I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.’ This collection of twenty reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades, tells the story of what happened next.

Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, the Hite report, Saudi Arabia where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain’s last witch. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole, which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy. Her famous lecture, ‘Royal Bodies’, which caused a media frenzy, explores the place of royal women in society and our imagination. Here too are some of her LRB diaries, including her first meeting with her stepfather and a confrontation with a circus strongman.

Constantly illuminating, always penetrating and often very funny, interleaved with letters and other ephemera gathered from the archive, Mantel Pieces is an irresistible selection from one of our greatest living writers.

Very excited to learn more about such a talented writer.

So there is my list of recently preordered books. I am really looking forward to when they arrive at my front door, but I must be patient.

Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about these upcoming books or any books that you are also excited about.

Happy reading.

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Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls (Review)

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, David Litchfield (Illustrations)

About the author

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Smriti Prasadam-Halls is an award-winning, internationally best-selling children’s author whose books have been published in more than thirty languages. Her titles include the Publishers Weekly #1 bestseller I Love You Night and Day, illustrated by Alison Brown. Smriti Prasadam-Halls previously worked at the BBC and in children’s publishing and television as a writer and editor for twelve years. She lives in London with her husband and three sons.

About the illustrator

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David Litchfield is an illustrator from Bedfordshire in the U.K.

Blurb

In this heartfelt story about courage, change, and moving on, a girl and her companion fox travel together away from a sorrowful past, through challenging and stormy times, toward colour and light and life. Along the way they find friends to guide and support them, and when the new day dawns, it is full of promise. With gorgeous, richly realised illustrations and immense hope at its heart, Rain Before Rainbows holds out a ray of sunshine for anyone looking for light.

Review

I discovered this book a few days ago and I must admit I fell in love with it straight away. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful and I got my husband to read it straight after me as I wanted him to see this wonderful book as well. Although the physical book of this is not released yet so I had to enjoy the digital version but the digital version on Kindle and Apple Books is free.

This book has been written for people going through a difficult period which with lockdown in place people have found the world a rather different place and this book is all about finding the light in dark places.

Rain Before Rainbows is a wonderful book for children and adults alike. The message is all about hope and that with friends and support from others you can get through the darkness. The girl and her friend the fox go on a journey to find a new and better day, they meet new friends and find a new day with hope and promise.

I highly recommend this book to everyone and I give this book a massive 5 out of 5 Dragons. I have also preordered myself the hardback copy of this book because I love it so much.

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500th Post!

Yesterday I hit a huge milestone for me – I posted my 500th blog post. This is technically 501 but I wanted to have a little celebration at hitting such an achievement.

I wouldn’t have gotten to such a milestone without all of my lovely supporters who read and comment on my posts so thank you everyone for all the wonderful support and friendship you give me everyday.

Happy blogging and reading my fellow Book Dragons!

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First Lines Friday: 12/06/2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

Hello!

Welcome to my first ever First Lines Friday! I have been following this weekly feature for a while now and have decided to give it a go because I have been enjoying reading people’s posts and trying to guess the book.

So here are the first lines…

(The answer is below the cats!)

Her skin was rather sallow, Anne thought as she studied herself in the silver mirror, and she had too many moles, but at least her face was a fashionable oval. At eleven she had no womanly figure to speak of, but that hopefully would change in the next year or so.

 

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The answer is Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir

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Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love.

But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Anne has a spirit worthy of a crown – and the crown is what she seeks. At any price.

 

So that is my First Lines Friday! Please drop me a link with your First Lines Friday and I will head over for a visit.

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Friday Poetry: Stevie Smith

Happy Friday!

I hope all my fellow Book Dragons have some good books planned for the weekend.

This week’s poem is only short but it hits home with me at this time. This poem is about friendship and spending time with friends. I must admit I miss my friends at the moment. My best friend is a 4 hour car journey away and I miss her like crazy. We speak daily but it isn’t the same as a proper catch up. Hopefully we will be able to meet up soon.

Florence Margaret Smith, known as Stevie Smith (20th September 1902 – 7th March 1971), was an English poet and novelist. She was awarded the Cholmondelay Award for Poets and won the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry.

 

The Pleasures of Friendship

The pleasures of friendship are exquisite,

How pleasant to go to a friend on a visit!

I go to my friend, we walk on the grass,

And the hours and moments like minutes pass.

 

Stevie Smith.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

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