Wednesday, 30 November 2016

WWW WEDNESDAY | 005


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I'm still working through my Harry Potter reread; currently reading Order of the Phoenix. Being the longest of the HP books, with my copy standing at a whooping 800+ pages, I see this book being my main read for a while to come! I'm still very much enjoying my reread, however this is the point where my pace typically slows down as books 4 and 5 are quite chunky and I don't do too well with chunksters.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
The book I most recently finished reading is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - my least favourite of the seven books. I have also been dipping in out and of Winter Magic, a collection of winter themed short stories aimed at a middle grade audience. I've read 4 or 5 stories so far, so one of those would count towards something I recently finished.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
My reading is going to look much of the same for the month of December to be honest - Harry Potter and festive reads. I should, fingers crossed, finish my HP reread in the month of December. As I mentioned above, a bookmark is in Winter Magic, and I'm also still working through Dickens at Christmas.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING RECENTLY?


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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

BLOG TALK | Unexpected November Hiatus


As the title states, me taking a break from my blog in the month of November is something quite unexpected, especially after getting back in to the rhythm of blogging in October and feeling connected with my blog once more.

There is nothing bad behind the hiatus; it is simply that the reading I am doing right now isn't exactly conducive to blogging... Which sounds kind of silly really when you think about it, given that book blogging is largely about the reading. Here I share the things I'm currently reading by taking part in various link up posts, as well as reviewing books, and whilst I have started making a dent in my festive season reading, this month so far (and the rest of the month to come) has largely been dedicated to rereading my Harry Potter collection.

I started November having this urge to delve into a reread of my Harry Potter collection, and I was happy to oblige said urge, despite that not being the plan for the month. I'm very much a mood reader, and my moods take me to my books as opposed to just reading what is there. I'm very much enjoying my HP reread - it is very comforting; like returning home after a holiday - however there isn't really much I want to blog about it. I'll definitely share some kind of wrap up post after the reread, but I'm so into the pages of my book at the moment and I don't want to bore you all with endless Harry Potter posts all November long!

It took me a little while to sit down and write this post... Not because my nose was in a book, but because I kind of didn't want to take this break, however it feels like the right thing to do and I didn't want to leave the readers of my blog in the dark.

Wherever November is taking you in the world of books, I hope you're enjoying!

HAPPY READING!

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

TUESDAY INTROS | Dickens at Christmas

This week I have my nose in a festive book - I'm currently reading Dickens at Christmas. This title has been on my wishlist since its release and I'm glad to finally be delving into some festive works of Charles Dickens. I have read a number of his novels, and also A Christmas Carol prior to this collection of stories and essay snippets.

The first lines I'm going to share today are taken from A Christmas Carol, undoubtedly his most notable festive work.


FIRST LINES
Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his had to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

WOULD YOU CONTINUE READING?
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Monday, 7 November 2016

CURRENTLY READING | 015

(My festive reading has begun! I'm also currently working on a reread of HP)

WHAT ARE YOU READING THIS WEEK?
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Thursday, 3 November 2016

WHAT I READ | October

TOTAL BOOKS READ - 8
TOTAL PAGES READ - 2051



This was a reread title for me; a ghost story I return to often. I thoroughly enjoy Susan Hill's writing and The Woman in Black is probably my most recommended ghost story. Check it out!


The first in a Swedish detective novel series, Roseanna introduces us to detective Martin Beck as he works on solving a case involving an unidentified woman's body that has shown up under suspicious circumstances. I quite enjoyed this read, and would continue with the series as a whole. I'm intrigued by the detective.



Enid Blyton's writing is somewhat quintessential childhood reading here in the UK, however as a child I never read any of her books - this was my first time experiencing her writing.

After their family move to the country, three siblings find The Enchanted Wood with The Faraway tree and adventures ensue. With peculiar characters living in the tree and a variety of revolving lands being reached by climbing to the top of the tree, imagination and creativity are poured into this book.

Having done some research since reading this title, it appears that the story has been edited since the original edition, with names changes for the children as well making it generally more policitally correct. I can't comment on these things as I never read the original, but I really would have liked to.

Overall, The Enchanted Wood is a fun, light, children's book and I look forward to reading more within The Faraway Tree series.

WHAT DID YOU READ IN OCTOBER?

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