Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Would Name a Pet After

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.

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Another fabulous theme this week and one quite apt as my husband and I own two cats that are named after book characters.

So here is the list and first up are my cats!

Meet Lyra and Pan from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

  1. Gandalf the Grey from The Lord of the Rings – This is my dream name for a long haired grey cat.
  2. Winnie from Winnie the Pooh – A female British Bulldog.
  3. Pilot from Jane Eyre – A male German Shepherd
  4. Holmes and Watson from Sherlock Holmes – Two male Beagles
  5. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights – Male wire haired Dacshund
  6. Deuteronomy from The Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – Male Maine coon cat.
  7. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – Male or female Dalmatian
  8. Meg from Little Women – Female long haired collie
  9. Hercule from Hercule Poirot – Male Scottish Fold cat
  10. Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol – Male Tea Cup Chihuahua

So there is my pet wish list.

Please drop me link with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles

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.

Another interesting topic this week!

I think there will be some interesting books listed this week in response to the prompt.

So here is my list.

The Summer of Madness by Alexander Raphael

Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

Girl in Trouble by Stacy Claflin

The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

While you were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

Goodbye to All the Cats by P. G. Wodehouse

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

There is my list. I think some of these would make some pretty good heavy metal songs.

Please drop me a comment with your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

Top 5 Tuesday: What are your favourite books that have ghosts.

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

This is tricky one for me as I tend to not be that fond of Ghost stories as I find them a bit silly but here are the ones I like.

 

Dead Men by Richard Pierce

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

Drop me a link with your Top 5 Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Hello!

I saw this on Julie’s blog One More Book and loved it so thought I would give it a go.

 

Rules:

  • Link back to original creator – Madame Writer
  • Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag
  • Answer all prompts
  • Add one more prompt of your own
  • Tag at least 5 people
  • Don’t lie
  • Have fun!

 

Never Have I Ever… burned a book

Definitely a no from me, I never destroy books.

 

Never Have I Ever… read a book I knew I would hate

This I have definitely done. Lots of books on study lists that I just knew I would not enjoy but read anyway.

 

Never Have I Ever… written a fanfiction about my favourite books

A big no! I have never been keen on fanfiction.

 

Never Have I Ever… loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older.

Hmm this is a tricky one. I’m not sure I have a book that I have hated as an adult but I have plenty of books that I hated as a child and now love as an adult.

 

Never Have I Ever… dressed up as one of my favourite literary characters.

I dressed up as lots of characters when I was at school but can’t quite remember them all. I have dressed up as Legolas in the past.

 

Never Have I Ever… hated a book by an author I love

Terry Pratchett is my all time favourite author but I hated his book Snuff and that really upset me as I never thought I would dislike a book by him.

Just recently I read The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths and I really did not like that either when everything I have read of Griffiths’ so far I have loved.

 

Never Have I Ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more

All the time! I seriously can not be trusted in a bookstore as my poor husband knows all too well.

 

Never Have I Ever… read the ending of a book before reading the beginning

Never! But I have read the ending of a book that I haven’t been enjoying to see if it is worth carrying on with.

 

Never Have I Ever… read a book without the dust cover

All the time as it protects the dust cover.

 

Never Have I Ever… skim read nearly half a book

Definitely, especially when reading study books.

 

Never Have I Ever… dropped a book in the bath

Yes! Hence why I never now read in the bath.

 

I really enjoyed this book tag. I won’t be tagging anybody but feel free to join in!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 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.

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This Top Ten Tuesday is a bit of a tricky one for me because as I have said many times, I am a mood reader. However, I will try my best to see which books I might read this Autumn.

 

The Time-travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett

The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling

Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir

Troy by Stephen Fry

Mantel Pieces by Hilary Mantel

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Die Standing by John Jackson Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Sea of the Dead by Amy Kuivainen

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

So there is my Top Ten Tuesday. Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about the books listed and of course please drop me a link to your Top Ten Tuesday and I will head over for a visit.

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WWW Wednesday: 16/09/2020

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?

 

What I am Currently Reading

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I took a bit of a break on this but have now started reading it again. So far so good.

 

What I have Recently Finished

Loved both of these books and highly recommend them.

 

What I will Read Next

As per usual I’m never sure what I will read next. It all depends on my mood.

So there is my WWW Wednesday. Please drop me a message with the link of your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit. 

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First Line Friday: 31/07/2020

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!

 

It is time for another guessing game! Here we go…

“Tell me about a complicated man.”

 

As usual the answer is below the cats.

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The answer is…

The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)

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Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, none more so than the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this version as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson’s Odyssey sings with a voice that echoes Homer’s music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer’s swift, smooth pace.

A fascinating, informative introduction explores the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the poem’s major themes, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this is an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of readers.

 

Did you guess it? Please drop me a link with your First Lines Friday and I will go over for a visit and see if I can guess the answer.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to read again

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.

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So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Freebie so I have chosen books that I would like to read again. Here we go…

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Martian by Andy Weir

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

The Immortal City by Amy Kuivalainen

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

 

So there are the ten books I would like to read again, even though several of these I have read many times already.

Please drop a comment for a chat!

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First Lines Friday: 17/07/2020

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!

I haven’t done one of these for a few weeks so I thought I would have a go this evening.

Remember, the answer is below the cats. Good luck!

 

“You’ve got to say this for desperation: it makes you much more open-minded. I really can see some positives in this flat. The technicolour mould on the kitchen wall will scrub off, at least in the short term. The filthy mattress can be replaced fairly cheaply. And you could definitely make the argument that the mushrooms growing behind the toilet are introducing a fresh, outdoorsy feel to the place.”

 

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And the answer is…

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

 

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How did you do? I hope to read this book very soon.

Happy Reading

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Reading Habits Book Tag

Hello!

I wasn’t tagged in this book tag but I have seen it around on people’s blogs recently and really liked the idea of having a go. So here are my reading habits.

Bookmarks or Random Pieces of Paper

This an easy one, definitely bookmarks. I love buying bookmarks so I have loads so I always make sure I make use of them in my books. I will be honest I do tend to stick to a few favourites though.

 

Stop Reading Randomly or Stop After a Chapter/ Certain Amount of Pages

I like to stop at a chapter but most likely I will stop at a random point especially at night because it is usually where I start to fall asleep. I must admit sometimes I pick the book back up a little confused at where I left off.

 

Certain Place at Home for Reading?

I read in loads of places! The conservatory when the weather is nice, curled up the sofa with a blanket in lounge when it is cold, at night in bed before sleep. One of my favourite places though is rather a random one which my husband finds very strange, I love leaning over on the AGA and I lean on the simmering plate (lid down obviously) and read. But really I’m happy to read anywhere.

 

Eat or Drink while Reading?

During the day it is always with a cup of tea. I used to eat breakfast and read but I haven’t done that for a while. At one point I read The Art of War every morning whilst eating breakfast, read into that what you will.

 

Music or TV while Reading?

I generally always listen to music when I read, I love to have music on for everything and it doesn’t matter what I listen to either. I can also watch TV and read because generally I block it out. During Grand Prix season I get a lot more reading done because I read whilst it is on in the background.

 

One Book at a Time or Several?

I prefer one book at a time and maybe a dip in book on the side but sometimes I have a couple of books on the go, especially if I am reading a book for my course.

 

Reading at Home or Everywhere

Everywhere! I read in gaps between work, if I arrive at work early I sit in the car and read, I read whilst waiting for appointments, basically if I have a minute I read. So I always carry a book with me.

 

Reading Out Loud of Silently?

Silently, I just read in my head because I can read a lot faster than reading it out loud.

 

Do You Ever Read Ahead or Skip Pages?

Not really, I hate spoiling the ending and can never understand people who read the end first. My mom reads the end of the book first to see whether the book is worth reading in the first place which always baffles me. I also don’t skip pages, when I read a book I like to read it all.

 

Breaking the Spine or Keeping it Like New?

Like new. I prefer hardbacks to all formats but whatever book I have I like to keep pristine. However, when it is a book I have read many times I don’t mind if the spine eventually gives in because the book is now an old friend. My copy of The Three Musketeers is now in four pieces that is how much I have read it.

 

Do You Write in Books?

Never! Even when using a book for my studies I put little bits of paper inside or Post It notes instead but I never write in a book. For my English Literature A level my teacher made me write in my copies and I hated it.

 

So that is a glimpse into my reading habits. I hope you enjoyed it and please drop me a comment if you have also taken part in this book tag as I would love to see other people’s reading habits or if you just want to chat.

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