Waterstones Challenge: Peterborough

Another Waterstones challenge adventure happened yesterday and this time I had company.

I met my best friend and her husband yesterday in Peterborough which is half way between where we both live, so of course I had to visit the Waterstones store and tick off another store from the list. So I have now visited 8/283 stores, I know a long way to go yet but will still keep pushing.

We had a wonderful day weather wise and we also did some exploring of the cathedral and visited Catherine of Aragon’s place of burial and Mary Queen of Scots first resting place before she was moved by her son to Westminster Abbey. The cathedral was absolutely stunning and an amazing feat of engineering for its age. I took some pictures to share on the blog, so here they are.

 

Of course I also bought some books at Waterstones so here they are:-

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Two of the books I treated my husband to:-

The King’s Evil by Andrew Taylor (Signed copy)

How to Argue with a Cat by Jay Heinrichs 

I am constantly arguing with our cats and they never listen to me so I might have to borrow this book.

 

The books I got:-

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

This was recommended to me by my best friend so I bought the first one of the series, I think my dad would also like to read it so I will be lending it out a bit as well.

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

I’m collecting all of the Dr Ruth books, so I had to buy this one.

I also bought yet another bookmark!

The Peterborough Waterstones store was really nice with lots of choice book wise and I loved how open it was. I did not go upstairs however because I could not afford anymore books. The staff were also lovely and very helpful.

All in all a fantastic day and a great start to my Easter Holidays.

Lady Book Dragon.

 

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New Bookmark Update

I thought I would give a quick update on the new bookmark I got at Waterstones the other day. I must admit I find it very funny and it works very well with my current read The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. 

All I need now is a name for my cow bookmark, any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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I also love the fact that the cow has glasses!

All in all great fun and I will be using it regularly but perhaps not when taking the book out of the house because I think it will get in the way when in my handbag.

Sadly there is not a cow bookmark on the Waterstones website but they do have a Jaguar one just click on the link below and you will go to the relevent page on Waterstones:-

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Also a quick update on my new reading den. I enjoyed a lovely half hour today curled up in the conservatory reading. It is so nice to enjoy reading using natural light.

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I would love to hear what your favourite reading places are, please drop me a comment.

Happy reading!

Lady Book Dragon

 

 

 

 

Waterstones Challenge: Walsall

So on an absolutely miserable day with rain and freezing cold temperatures we decided to get another Waterstones ticked off the challenge list. So off we went to my old university stomping ground, Walsall.

I loved this store! Mainly because I found all three books I wanted to buy straight away and Telford had let me down recently.

I also loved the building it was very spacious and full of books, the only down side was it was a little shabby in places especially the stair carpets but all the books made up for that.

The three books I bought were:-

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

My husband also found a very novel bookmark that I ended up buying.

 

Very excited to get reading these books and using my new bookmark.

So this is another Waterstones ticked off the list. Hopefully over Easter I will manage to tick off some more stores from the list!

Lady Book Dragon.

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March 2019 Wrap Up

What a busy month March has been both reading and working. This March has been the month where I have done the most teaching ever in one month and I have managed to keep up reading to a certain point.

So here is how March has gone. (If you click the picture you go to the review)

Books Read in March

Star Trek Discovery: Fear Itself by James Swallow

2/5 Dragons

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The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue by Anon

3/5 Dragons

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The Endgame by Jeffrey Archer

5/5 Dragons

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On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincey

1/5 Dragons

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The Inner Voice of Love by Henri J. M. Nouwen

2/5 Dragons

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

5/5 Dragons

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Waterstones Challenge Update

Only one Waterstones visited this month sadly which was Wolverhampton. Hopefully April will be more fruitful.

 

Other Updates

I also joined NetGalley and have so far had two books from it.

Altogether an eventful March reading wise. How was your March?

Lady Book Dragon.

 

 

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.

A Bookish Confession

A few days ago on the 12th March marked the anniversary of  Sir Terry Pratchett’s death in 2015. I still remember the day, I had been teaching all day and my best friend knew I had probably not seen the news so she sent me a text to break the news. Although I knew he was ill and it was going to happen, it was still like a kick in the stomach and I am not ashamed to admit I shed a tear. Sir Terry Pratchett meant so much to me, his Discworld novels were my absolute favourites, that I always relied on to cheer me up and make me laugh. I could not believe there would be no more, that the world of Discworld was over.

I first discovered the Discworld series at the age of 12, when my cousin’s partner recommended them to me, I then persuaded my mom to join a Sci-fi and Fantasy book club to order me a few of the books and from then I got a couple each month on offer. In year 9 at school during quiet reading, my teacher attempted to confiscate my copy of The Colour of Magic because he thought it an inappropriate book for a girl of my age, happily my mom intervened and I was allowed to continue reading them.

In 2013 I decided to read all the Discworld novels in order of them being written and it was wonderful. During this time they helped me cope with a particularly harrowing two-week session on jury duty and it was comforting to know that in my handbag there was always a Terry Pratchett novel.

Anyway, that’s a brief description of my history with Discworld, now on to my confession. The very last Discworld novel The Shepherd’s Crown I have never read! I pre-ordered it, I even got the special edition that Waterstones did so I have two copies but I have never read either. The reason, I just could not bring myself to read it, because in my mind once I read it I would know for sure that there would never be another Discworld book and that Sir Terry Pratchett was gone for good.

Over the last few days I have been thinking of The Shepherd’s Crown and yesterday I collected both copies from my parents house and brought them home. Now they are sat in my living room looking at me and I think I have made a decision. Sir Terry Pratchett wrote this book for people to read and the fact that I have not read it yet is not what he would have wanted. So on Terry Pratchett’s birthday on the 28th April I plan on starting to read The Shepherd’s Crown and I must admit that thought scares me a little, as I do not want to be disappointed and I know I will not want the book to end. Even just writing this brings all those memories back from 2015 and the sadness.

That is my bookish confession and I hope I can go through with my plan. Apologies to Sir Terry Pratchett for not having read your last Discworld novel sooner.

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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