Well looking back on October I can say it was thankfully a better month than September.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson
Girl in Trouble by Stacy Claflin
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
(If you click the image it will take you to the review)
Total pages this month: 1208
Total pages this year: 12897
Here’s to another good month of reading.
Happy Halloween Everyone!
I hope you all have a nice spooky book to read and celebrate halloween with.
I have chosen a little poem to celebrate.
In the Dark, Dark Wood
In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house,
and in that dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room,
and in that dark, dark room there was a dark, dark cupboard,
and in that dark, dark cupboard there was a dark, dark shelf,
and on that dark, dark shelf there was a dark, dark box,
and in that dark, dark box there was a … GHOST!
Happy spooky reading!
Hello my fellow readers!
I am very excited because tonight I am off to the theatre for a lovely meal, some cocktails and of course a play. The play is called Pride and Prejudice (Sort of). Apparently it is from the point of view of the servants, which should be interesting.
Anyway, here is my chosen quote for the week. This weeks quote is by Thomas Edison who was an American inventor who in his lifetime invented over 1000 devices.
“I haven’t failed, I’ve found ten thousand ways that don’t work.”
Thomas Edison (Pre-1910)
The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs
About the author
John Belliars (1938-1991) was an award-winning American author of many gothic mystery novels for children and young adults.
When orphaned Lewis Barnavelt comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan, he is amazed to find out there is a wizard in his family.
Lewis experiments with Uncle Jonathan’s spells and uncovers the mystery behind the ticking that he can hear throughout the house, sometimes loud, sometimes quiet, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. It’s an evil clock and it could destroy humankind.
It is up to the Barnavelt’s to find where the clock is hidden in the walls – and stop it.
I bought this book ages ago and it has just been sat in a pile gathering dust but I spotted it the other day and thought that looks like a fun quick read and thankfully I was correct. As I have mentioned previously I do enjoy reading children’s books and especially enjoy reading them when I’m very busy or stressed. I can truthfully say I loved this book and could not put it down.
The three main characters Lewis, Uncle Jonathan and Mrs Zimmermann were fantastic. I especially loved the character of Mrs Zimmermann who isn’t afraid of anything and speaks her mind and has an unhealthy obsession with the colour purple. She just seems to be the ultimate cool aunt figure.
Uncle Jonathan is the ultimate cool uncle, teaching Lewis to play poker and letting him stay up late and basically doing what he likes within reason. Lewis is the typical child who doesn’t quite fit in at school but has found his happy place living with his Uncle because as the story develops you can see that Uncle and nephew are rather alike.
Overall I loved the storyline and it kept me hooked from the start, the idea of magic being in a house and its walls was fantastic and in places it was rather spooky although that part was rather rushed through but that was probably because it is a children’s book. The only issue I had with the story was the lack of story about the actual clock, considering the book is about the clock in the walls it hardly features and it just feels like a very rushed ending.
I give this book 4 out of 5 dragons because of the lack of clock in the story. I highly recommend it to children and adults alike. A really good read that keeps you hooked from beginning to end.
Well today is my first day of half term and I celebrated by having a lie in and a leisurely day. I had to run into our nearest town to run some errands and my husband suggested visiting Waterstones for a browse. Well a browse is something that never happens with me, it always ends in buying books. I was just going to buy Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths but my husband said that Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver looked good so I ended up buying another book because it was on buy one get one half price.
Not too much damage with just three books bought.
Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths
Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
A Keeper by Graham Norton
Please drop me a comment if you have read any of these books. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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.
So I have again returned to an old favourite of mine. I really can not get enough of Christina Rossetti’s poetry. To be honest I am getting really fed up of all this rain we have been having recently, so I have gone for a poem about the wind, as to me this would be a nice change.
Who Has Seen the Wind?
Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing thro’.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.