Avid reader & extreme book addict shares reviews and general literary ramblings for discussion!

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The Spies By Luis Fernando Verissimo

Next Agatha Christie Book...

Parker Pyne Investigates

Current To Be Read Pile...

... has got bigger again after a lunchtime trip to a well known high street bookshop...


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We can often hear a woodpecker giving the local trees what for, but rarely do we actually see him.

It looks like he comes to our bird feeders though. The light in the picture isn't great, but it is definitely a woodpecker. 

Go on, do the Woody Woodpecker sound. You know you want to.


Lunchtime Book Binge

Hmm... oh dear. There are some pros and cons of working in a town centre. Come December it can't be beaten. If you plan well, you can pop out every lunchtime over a few weeks and get the Christmas shopping done with the minumum of stress, just buying a couple of items on each visit. The problem is the rest of the year. A few long meetings, some complictated spreadsheets or some tight deadlines and I am driven straight to the doors of the local bookshop for some literary retail therapy. It was a combination of all three of the above which drew me to the fiction section of a well known highstreet bookshop last Friday... So, here are the new additions to the alarmingly high To Be Read Pile:


Rebuilding Coventry By Sue Townsend - I was drawn by the line "When Midlands housewife Coventry Dakin kills her neighbour with an Action Man - in a frantic bid to prevent him from strangling his wife - she goes on the run." Who could resist that?

The Daylight Gate By Jeanette Winterson - Historical fiction based on the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. 

Skellig By David Almond - A quick wander through the children's section lead me to pick up this. I have seen multiple references to this book in the last few weeks, although it is not newly published. Everyone raves about how wonderful it is, so I thought it was about time I read it too.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen- Also picked up in the children's section, you can't go wrong with something by Neil Gaimen. When I paid, the lady behind the counter was gleeful about it which was a good sign.

Hawthorn & Child by Keth Ridgway - I picked up becuase I liked the cover. I hang my head in shame...

A few more books won't hurt will they?


Books To Make You Smile

It seems to have been a dreadfully long winter, probably in part becuase last summer was so dire. The Delightful Mr F and I have been in our new house for about 18 months and in that time the weather has really only been nice enough for us to sit outside in the garden twice. Quite frankly we need a good laugh, so here is a list of books to make you smile... any other suggestions to raise a literary giggle?

Maskerade By Terry Pratchett: OK, in reality you could pick up any Practhett book and be laughing your head off within the first few pages, but this one has some classic lines in it. It features Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax, two witches from the Discworld, who head off to find a younger witch called Agnes Nitt who has joined the opera. The whole book is a paradoy of The Phantom Of The Opera, with the witches trying to solve the murders in the opera house. There is a wonderful parallel story of Nanny Ogg's cookery book called "The Joy Of Snacks", which has been published, much to Granny's horror. The recipies have "added extras"... Below is a quote from a passage when Granny is reading some of the recipies in The Joy Of Snacks for the first time:

'What one you looking at?' said Nanny Ogg, because an author is always keen to get feedback.

'Strawberry Wobbler,' said Granny.

'Ah. That one always gets a laugh.'

It did not appear to be obtaining one from Granny. She carefully closed the book.

'Gytha,' she said, 'this is me askin' you this. Is there any page in this book, is there any single recipe, which does not in some way relate to... goingson?'

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole By Sue Townsend:  Oh, poor Adrian, he does get a raw deal doesn't he? I read this as teenager, and then again a few months ago, and the second time round it was far better. I think you need to have a decent number of years between you and your teenage self to really appreciate this one. His attempts at poetry are priceless:

I adore ya.
I implore ye
Don’t ignore me.

The Wind In The Willows By Kenneth Graham: A childhood favourite, which I re-read every now and then when I need a lift. You can't fail to love Mole, Rat, Badger and of course Mr Toad, who should be locked up, or at least be under the restraints of an ASBO. Mr Toad's escape from prison has to be one of the best out there, and his shear joy for life is infectious. Here's to be being more like Mr Toad (apart from the motoring offences).

“Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!” 


Revolting Rhymes By Roald Dahl: It's hard to match Dahl for madcap humour, and these warped versions of classic fairy tales are best read aloud, even if you are on your own. Yes, I have been known to do this when the Delightful Mr F is out... The seven dwarves using the magic mirror to bet on the horses always makes me laugh. 

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams: Completely bonkers and very clever. Even if you aren't a sci-fi fan there is so much to enjoy in this, from alien poetry to alien administrators. 

“Ford!" he said, "there's an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about this script for Hamlet they've worked out.” 



Book Group Book Blogger

As you may have gleaned I joined a local book group a while ago. I am really enjoying attending, we have quite eclectic tastes, which is opening a whole new group of books I didn't know about. This is good as I was a little bit short on reading matter...

The group was started by the avid reader and all round good egg, Richard, who deftly leads us through the books and helps us decide what to read next. I have recently discovered that another member of the group has a book blog! It's called BiblioAddicted and is written by the Lovely Lorriane. She is also a Mr B's fan and we have several book reviews in common, so it is nice to see how her view of a book compares to mine. 

Are there any other bloggers out there? Come on, don't be shy!