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Love it or hate it: Last Minute Read-A-Thon

Today’s challenge for the Last Minute Read-A-Thon is to post covers that you love and ones that you hate. I could gush forever about this really so I’ve chosen just one of each. These two aren’t particularly representative of what I usually love or hate in a cover but they have made strong impressions in my mind and leapt in to my head as soon as I read the description of this challenge.

I love:


Penguin Modern Classics edition of George Orwell’s 1984.

I have a thing for minimalism and of course the apparent censorship ties in well with the book themes, making it perfect for this book. In general I’m not a fan of this style of Penguin books but I think this shows how such a simple thing can work so well and make such sense in context.

I hate:


The original cover for William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

I find the drawing style ugly and the choice of colours are washed out and ugly. I would never have picked this up to read of my own accord.

I’m off back to my books now. The Great Gatsby turned out to be a bit of a slog in the end and what had a promising beginning started to fizzle out for me. Hopefully Gypsy Boy will bring more interest!

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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in All, Read-A-Thon


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Rainbow Spine: Last Minute Read-A-Thon


Today’s read-a-thon challenge is Rainbow Spine: “Grab books from your shelf that have the following spine colors to make a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & violet.” I don’t have a massive number of books on my shelf as I don’t have the space for storage so apart from a select few I tend to give them away once I’m done reading so I struggled to find the right colours. So many red and black books, so few green.

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Red: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. One of my all time favourites and one I will read over and over again. Devastating but absolutely gripping.

Orange: “The Other Hand” by Chris Cleave. I haven’t read this yet and it was one of the books I had provisionally listed in to this challenge but I just wouldn’t have had time to get through it with the other four.

Yellow: “Mr Stink” by David Walliams. I read “The Boy in the Dress” by the same author and enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to this.

Green: AQA A2 Music Study guide, Rhinegold publishing. I struggled to find anything green on my bookshelf and this is the closest I could get! Does what it says on the tin.

Blue: “The Language of Flowers: a miscellany” by Mandy Kirkby. This is a gorgeous book with some beautiful illustrations inside which is why I keep it around.

Violet: “A Surfgirl’s Guide to Surfing”. Back in the day I used to go surfing and although it has been a while I keep this in case I ever want to brush up and get back out.

As for the actual Read-A-Thon? I didn’t get much done yesterday as there was a lot of travelling and family time, which was expected, so I’ll be catching up today.


Posted by on December 27, 2013 in All, Read-A-Thon


Books under the Christmas tree

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day. I’ve had a lovely morning and lunch with my family and now we’re all sat down to watch a new DVD as I type this up. I thought that I would share the books I received as gifts today with everyone.

1. This book is full of spiders by David Wong


I read “John Dies at the End” earlier this year and couldn’t put it down, so I have been wanting this for a while but Mam was heavily hinting that she had bought me it already so I held off getting it. I can’t wait to see if this is as good as the first was!

2. Music and Gender – Perspectives from the Mediterranean, edited by Tullia Magrini


Gender in music is a subject within music that I am fascinated with and I noticed this particular book on the bookshelf of a friends flat and I couldn’t resist borrowing it to read and got hooked. Unfortunately she had to take it back to her university library and it was a bit too expensive for me to buy it at the time, so I’m excited to finally have my own copy to finish it off.

3. Just Joking published by National Geographic


I do voluntary work as a reading helper in a local primary school through an organisation called Beanstalk (which I will be blogging about soon!). The present was marked as from “Santa” so thank you Santa, I know that my children will have a lot of fun with these jokes and riddles!

4 & 5 Les Bonnes – Genet and Buch der Lieder – Heine

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I can’t say a lot about these two – I’m learning French and German and having literature to translate I find very exciting, though I imagine I won’t be able to get read them fluently for a while.

6. Kindle Paperwhite


This was a massive and exciting surprise! I was bought this so that I can “read in bed without having to use a torch any more”. I’m not sure how I feel about the touch screen; some things are easier, others harder, but I’ll give a full review of this verses my old Kindle sometime soon.

Well, that was what I found under my Christmas tree – leave me a comment to let me know what you got!

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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in All


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Last Minute Read-A-Thon

This is a sign-up post to take part in the Last Minute Read-A-Thon!


Hosted by Vonnie’s Reading Corner and A Night’s Dream of Books

The requirements are as follows:

> A sign-up post is required

> There must be the hosts’ button with links to the hosts pages

> Once it begins, a launch post with plans/goals is needed

There are also some challenges, so expect me to be posting these throughout!

26th December – The required launch post with planned reads/goals post

27th December – Rainbow Book Spine… Grab books from your shelf with spines in the following colours to make a rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet

28th December – Love it or hate it… Post up book covers explaining why you love or hate them

29th December – Remembering 2013… Best book or 2013? Worst book of 2013? Favourite new author? Book that surprised you? Book that disappointed you?

30th December – Wrap up post

I look forward to taking part in this, I’ve got so many books I’d hoped to finish by the end of the year but didn’t, I’ll have a lot of fun in the choosing of them alone. See you on the other side!


Posted by on December 23, 2013 in All, Read-A-Thon


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