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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


And the Last Minute Read-A-Thon begins!

Today is the first day of the Last Minute Read-A-Thon and so I will be sharing with you all what my plans are for this event.


There are four books I’m planning to read during this time, all in paperback. As much as I love my kindle and ebooks, it does mean that the paperback books I buy tend to get pushed to the back of my list as the ease of popping my kindle in to my bag knowing I have a multitude of choices for whatever mood I’m in leaves my paperbacks stuck on my TBR shelf.

1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie


I bought this in a bit of a book buying binge earlier this year when I walked in to Waterstones planning to buy as many books from as many different genres as possible and had great fun skipping around the different sections choosing what to get. I have very fond memories of buying books on this day as another customer had noticed me exploring every inch of every bookshelf and offered, in a very friendly way, some suggestions. Although this wasn’t one of those suggestions , it has left a vivid memory of buying this book. I have never read  any of Agatha Christie’s works before now and feel that it’s about time I did.

2. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro


This was bought second hand at my local Church’s Spring Fayre.  I’m really looking forward to this as I read another book by Ishiguro last year, though it was a book of short stories, called “Nocturnes”. They were charming little stories about music and night that I enjoyed for some light reading so I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy this having already enjoyed another of the author’s works.

3. Gypsy boy by Mikey Walsh


This one was also picked up at the Church Fayre. It is not something I would have normally picked up for myself in a shop but my Mom adores books like these so I decided that, even if I didn’t read it, it would make a nice gift for her. Turns out she had already read it on her kindle but she gave it very high praises so I am going to finally take the plunge and give it a go. I’ve read a lot of varied reviews on this so I’m looking forward to adding my own thoughts once I am done.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


This may be last on the list, but it is the one I will be reading first. I am already halfway through and was enjoying it very much up to the point that I reached but then for some reason I just stopped. I think perhaps I got distracted by another shiny looking book. I’d just like to point out how much I love this edition for its cover art! The pages are yellow round the edge too, and in fact I just adore the look of the book in general. I got this in the summer from a gorgeous bookshop in Corbridge called FORUM Books. Unfortunately I haven’t had chance to return as I don’t have much reason to go to Corbridge and it is a long way for me to travel to go for the book store alone but if you happen to be around there be sure to check it out.

So there we have it, four books over four days! I’m trying my best not to be distracted by the shiny new books I received for Christmas but I’ll just have to be strict with myself and keep those hidden in a corner whilst I finish these. So many books, so little time…

What have you ended up with in your “To be read” pile at the end of this year? Did you get through all the books you wanted to or did you get far less reading done than you’d hoped? Let me know in the comments section!


Posted by on December 26, 2013 in Read-A-Thon


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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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