Book Tag- Shelfie by Shelfie #1

I was tagged in Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag. I thought it was a great idea… so here we go!

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s my favourite shelf. Meaning every single one of these books is a favourite read of mine. On it is….

  • The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • The Constant Princess
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • The Boleyn Inheritance
  • The Virgin’s Lover
  • The Queen’s Fool
  • Sarah’s Key
  • If You Could See Me Now
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Lord Of The Flies
  • Rebecca
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Last Leaves Falling
  • Cross Your Heart
  • Me Before You
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
  • The Class That Went Wild
  • Reasons To Stay Alive
  • One
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
  • A Monster Calls
  • Only Ever Yours
  • Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Good Me Bad Me
  • The Reason I Jump

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

That’s a tricky one as all of these books are special to me. The Class That Went Wild has a special place in my heart as it is a childhood favourite. I have fond memories of Beth reading it to me when I was younger. I used to love being read to by my big sister!

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

I think perhaps Thirteen Reasons Why. I have a really weird relationship with this book, which I’ll address in a blog post and some point.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

I hate this question! I would want to save them all, please? No? Hmm… I think it would have to be Me Before You. I push that book so very much that it has to be saved!

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

P.S. I Love You. I read it when it first came out!

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

Good Me, Bad Me read this year and promptly added to my favourites!

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Me Before You… will it still be a favourite after a re-read?

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Above the shelf are some ornaments that my friend (and wonderful author Alex Bell) got me from a holiday to many different locations. There’s so many cute trinkets from places in Europe. I also have a teaching assistant teddy from a child that reminds me of when life was easier as teaching assistant! 😉 I also have some Tinkerbell stuff from my nephew who knows I love Tinkerbell, I also have a best teacher wine glass. I may not drink, but it was the thought that counts!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

My favourite books range from chick-lit and historical fiction to psychological thrillers and a few classics!

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂 Please check out Beth’s original post HERE!

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Top Ten Autumnal Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover list. We all like an appealing cover. We can’t get away from that!

Here are some pretty Autumn/Fall covers that caught my eye. They may not look like an Autumn cover, but they’d make me want to read them Autumn if that makes sense.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Hollow Pike

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca

The Catcher in the Rye

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

The Accident Season

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

These book covers just give me a colder weather, snuggled up inside with a good book vibe!

How about you? What did you pick this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

Short Story Sunday #2- The Blue Lenses

Last week I read the first in the collection of short stories in Daphne du Maurier’s The Breaking Point. Today I read the next story The Blue Lenses. I have to say, I’m really starting to enjoy short stories.

The Blue Lenses is about a lady, we’re never quite sure of her age, that has just had an operation to cure her sight. However, when she comes round from the operation and her new lenses in her eyes are revealed, she see things or rather people incredibly strangely. I won’t say how and spoil it!

What I liked about this story, is that I had no idea where it was going. I’m finding this a lot with Du Maurier’s work. I love that. I love to be kept guessing. When it was finished, I found myself smiling. Such a strange story.

I can’t wait to read the next story in the collection. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying them. I always thought short stories weren’t for me, but I’m happy to be proved wrong.

Short Story Sunday #1: The Alibi- Daphne du Maurier

I’ve noticed during my October Challenge to read more books from my Kindle that I have quite a lot of short stories, mainly sent to me by my sister.. I have to admit she is responsible for about 90% of the content on my jam packed Kindle. She’s also responsible for my growing interest and new found appreciation of short stories after reviewing many for her Short Stories Challenge.

So, I thought I’d read a short story when I can on a Sunday. Why on a Sunday? Well, I always find my reading slows a little on a Sunday. My interests seem to be elsewhere and my mind on the upcoming week. A short story is perfect for this kind of mood and it means I’m not starting loads of new books because I can’t settle on a read.

My first choice as recommended by the sister was The Alibi from The Breaking Point collection by Daphne du Maurier.

I’ve only ever read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, although I have a LOT of her works to get to. I thought The Alibi was such an intriguing read.  It’s about James Fenton, who becomes alarmed with his life when he realises his life is stuck in a rut. He’s always doing the same thing. The idea of doing the same thing every week alarms James. He doesn’t want to live his life knowing what he’s going to do. He wants to do something completely different to shake up his life.  Boy, does he do something different..

I really enjoyed reading this story. The main protagonist isn’t likeable at all, but he’s the one you’re interested in. I found myself wondering what on earth he was going to do. I thought when I started the story, that it was going to be a tale about a man who has an affair to spice up his life a little. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting though, which I loved.

I can’t believe I haven’t read more Daphne du Maurier before. I can’t wait to get stuck into more of her work.

Read Beth’s review of The Alibi HERE

Stacking The Shelves #34- The Birthday Edition: part 2

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodreads page!

So, last week my haul was the books I actually received for my birthday. This week is the rest of my birthday haul!!

Borrowed from Bibliobeth

My lovely sister sent me some books (she knows the amount I have already, her TBR pile is far worse than mine but we still continue to buy….)

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Oh my goodness! So many books that I’m excited to read. 5 of these books are part of the autumn selection of books for a book club my sister and I participate in.

Extras are Nearest Thing To Crazy , I really like the look of this book. My sister sure knows what sort of thing I like.  Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children, I’ve had my eye on this book for a while. I was also recommended My Cousin Rachel, so it’s fabulous that my sister had acquired a copy and so willingly shared! (I love my sister! 😀 )

Remaining Birthday Gifts:

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Looking at it all is rather overwhelming!! I’m really looking forward to reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer as I’ve heard great things about those books. I also can’t wait to continue the Under The Never Sky series with Through The Ever Night. I’m excited for ALL of these books really, I’m just not sure when I’m going to fit them in!

Too many books, too little time…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave your link so I can visit your blog!