The Green Unknown : Travels in the Khasi Hills by Patrick Rogers

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Synopsis from Goodreads

The Green Unknown is about walking, without a map or a plan, across the Khasi Hills in the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya—a place of jungle canyons and thousand-foot waterfalls, where it rains more than any other inhabited place in the world, where each village has its own dialect or even its own language, and where the people grow living bridges from the roots of trees. The book is an attempt to express what it’s like trying to explore, mile by mile, village by village, valley by valley, a place that’s beautiful, complex, and fascinating, but most of all, unique.

Review

Firstly, thank you to the author, Patrick Rogers, for sending me a copy of his book to review.

I read this in two sittings, although there was a gap of a couple of weeks between starting and finishing due to that thing called Christmas.

This is an interesting and entertaining read about the authors travels to far flung corners of the earth. I enjoy TV documentaries of this kind, so I knew I’d enjoy reading about places that possibly many people know little or nothing about.

It is written with humour and a light-hearted approach so it was easy to follow and having the break at 43% for a few weeks didn’t have a negative impact on the flow.

What I enjoyed the most was hearing about the natural world Northeast India has, the indigenous people that have settled there, and the fact that they have mobile phones! What?!! Does that mean that the eye-sores that are phone masts are popping up in the most heavenly of places? I know folk need technology wherever they are these days, but this really surprised me!

I was fascinated by the living bridges made from the roots of trees, and the sheer beauty of this place. India is on my bucket list of countries to visit, and Rogers has introduced me to places I definitely won’t be brave enough to explore. Off the beaten track is an understatement, and without a map or plan, he certainly is a traveller with guts.

I did struggle to pronounce many of the place names, and even referred to a detailed map on Google to get a sense of where he actually was. Overall, a very interesting and educational account with stunning photographs accompanying the journey throughout. This makes Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ sound like a Walk in the Park!

Patrick has a blog all about his adventures which accompanies his book, you can go take a look here.

 

13,569 Pages Later (A bookish Zombie Apocalypse movie)

Ok, ok, so it’s nothing to do with Zombies, but I liked that title, so I went with it!

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Aahh, this was nice to see on Goodreads, the lowdown on my 2017 journey. I’ve read some truly brilliant books this year, and I’m excited to get stuck in to many more in the New Year.

My TBR shelf is as enormous as ever, but I still NEED to buy one or two (87) that I’ve been pining for over the last year.

THESE. For starters.

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Anyway, this is (probably) my final post of the year, so I’m off now to eat shit-loads of fantastic food, get pissed, play Monopoly and read inbetween. Not much reading will get done because I can’t read under the influence…

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And finally, Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you all, you lot make this blogging malarky so worth while. Thank you 😍

Ok, I’m done. Is 10.22am too early for a bevvy? 😯

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – My Best Bookish LOL’s #OwlBeSatLaughing

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I love a book that’s an absolute hoot to read, (see what I did there?!) but I do have to be in the mood to read funny stuff. So I thought I’d share my top ten funniest reads so far for the Top Ten Tuesday meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish.

First off, we have possibly one of THE funniest ‘Books About Books’ that I can ever recall reading. Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. I currently have #2 on my bookshelf and I’m looking forward to reading it when the mood takes. I’ll probably be reading it soon because I’m a bit of a miserable owl this time of year, and it will cheer me up because I really don’t like Christmas very much!

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Now we have yet another book about books, Craig McLays Village Books. It isn’t funny all the time, but the characters in this were superb, with dry wit and cracking one-liners, this had me chuckling away numerous times.

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Aww, this one, it has such a special place in my heart! 💜 I used to read this to my daughter 20-odd years ago. She loved it so much. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by the brilliant Lynley Dodd. A simple rhyming picture book, with animal characters that are fantastic!

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Another kids book next, the superb Roald Dahl’s  The Twits. I loved this as a child, and also read it during ‘Dahl week’ at the pre-school I used to work at. The class all sat on the reading mat, and me doing my best twittish voice overs is something I’ll never forget. All those little faces smiling and giggling away, it was truly magical!

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Something a bit different next in line, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. I watched the film of this before I read the book. It starred Robert Redford and Nick Nolte and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I bought the book second hand. I had a right good old laugh second time round! Unusually for me, I did prefer the movie, but the book was still delightfully funny.

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The next one is Peter Kay’s autobiography, The Sound of Laughter. I just adore Peter Kay, he’s the same age as me so everything he talks about in his book is so relateable. GARLIC BREAD?! GARLIC BREAD?! (You’ll only understand the comedy value of this foodstuff if you’re a fan! 😂)

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And while I’m on the subject of autobigraphies, next in line is Is It Just Me? by the super hilarious Miranda Hart. Again, I can relate so much to Miranda, she’s around my age and her book was SUCH FUN!😂

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This next book is on my Best of 2017 list, as not only is it utterly hysterical, but also very dark and un-PC. The fantastic C J Skuse’s Sweetpea. This one could possibly be ‘up there’ as one of my favourite books ever. Now THAT’S an accolade is it not?! We all know how hard it is to name favourite reads, but this is by far, a book I will never forget and will re-read for sure.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has won countless awards. This wonderful story has a main character with Asperger’s Syndrome, and Mark Haddon did a grand job of writing about such a sensitive subject with shed-loads of humour. I enjoyed it so much that I read it again STRAIGHT AFTER finishing it! What does that tell you?! As the cover suggests, it was outstanding. And so darn funny!

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And now for my final top ten LOL book, which is #4 in a series. The first three I have yet to read, and I usually never read a series out of numerical order! This was on NetGalley when I first joined and I fancied something a little different to my normal choice of genre so I requested it. And I’m so glad I did because Inspector Hobbes and the Bones (Unhuman #4) by Wilkie Martin was totally nuts! I rarely choose fantasy, but this just sounded odd and entertaining, and I loved the cover art. To best describe this one I’d say it was a Cosy Crazy Crime Fantasy Comedy Mystery! I really must read the first one to get some background on the characters. It was bonkers and quite unique.

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So, my first ever Top Ten Tuesday post is done! I’m not the most organised blogger, so whether I do another #TTT any time soon remains to be seen. My posts are a bit random, but I like it that way. At least then I’m not committing myself to blog on days I don’t feel like blogging!

Thanks for reading, and I’d love to hear what your favourite funny reads are. Drop me a comment below if you fancy 😀

 

 

 

December Bookpost (and a letter of thanks to my Postman)

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The beginning of 2018 is looking exciting, this is my latest bookpost and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to this lovely lot. Particularly the bottle of fizz and choccies that the wonderful Phoebe Morgan sent me along with a bind of The Doll House. I entered a giveaway on Twitter and was so chuffed to be a winner!

Whilst on the subject of Twitter, I also became Dan Mooneys’ 1000th follower, and he kindly sent me a copy of his book Me, Myself and Them. Thank you Dan!

The Child Finder I won in a Goodreads giveaway, so I’ve had lots of bookluck lately. Which brings me to the second part of my post, because my postman ensured I received all this promptly and everything arrived in one piece! Royal Mail, you’re pretty damn good at this delivery lark!

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December 2017

Dear Mr Postman,

Thank you for your continued support and patience regarding the sheer volume of bookpost you have painstakingly delivered to me over the last year.

I know I can be a pain and sometimes not be in when you knock. And I’m sorry I don’t have a ‘safe place’. I’d also like to enlarge my letterbox for you to make your life just that bit easier, but that won’t be happening I’m afraid. Ideally I need a secure drop-box so you don’t get the copious amounts of jiffy bag parcels lodged in my letterbox. But that won’t be happening either.

So going into the New Year, I am more than likely to receive regular bookpost that probably still won’t fit without a fight. I’d like to say that there won’t be as much this coming year, but I don’t think that will happen somehow. Not if I can help it anyway.

I wish you the very best of luck with your deliveries to me in 2018. At least I don’t have a barky, vicious dog who threatens to bite the hand that feeds my addiction every time there’s something for me. Perhaps that’s something to be thankful for! Who knows, you might get put on a different round so some other poor soul has to carry my sometimes weighty parcels.

Anyway, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, you’re the best! 😀

Kindest Regards

Lisa, OwlBeSatReading

Down the TBR Hole #1

 

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I get a lot of satisfaction from organising my book shelves, whether it’s my virtual ones on Goodreads or my jam-packed ones at home. I see this post LOTS and always read Zuky the Bookbum‘s regular post so her decluttering has inspired me to do the same. I think this tag was first started by Lost in a Story a year or so ago, and what a fab idea it is! Both these bloggers always have great posts, so go check them out 😁

There’s a few simple guidelines:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide should it stay or go.

If I was realistic and sensible in my TBR disposal, I’d probably need a hole like this:

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However, me being me, and my clingy attachments to my books, I think a more suitable sized hole would be something like this:

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Anyway, after much deliberation, I have removed 5 books. I will definitely do this ‘shelf spruce up’ on a regular basis. I now have 667 on my TBR! 😮

 

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The Resurrectionist:The Lost Work of Dr Spencer Black

There’s a few mixed reviews on this one, but on re-reading the blurb, I’ve decided I’ll give it a miss. I have a LOT of historical reads to get through and this has a fantasy element that doesn’t quite do it for me.

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Beneath a Buried House

This is just one of those freebies that I seem to add  without properly reading the synopsis. I notice the word  ‘free’ and that’s good enough for me. I have stopped that  habit lately, this was an early addition to my TBR, but it   doesn’t sound that good to warrant keeping it.

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Alice (The Chronicles of Alice #1)

How very fitting, having an Alice in Wonderland retelling going down the hole! I absolutely love the original, it has such fond memories for me because my mum helped me learn to read with Alice and her Wonderland and Looking Glass adventures. I want to keep my thoughts of Alice traditional, I don’t want to read a darker version of this story. The original was dark enough!

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The Library of Shadows

The reviews of this have put me off reading it a little. Some are saying it’s trying too hard to be like The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I saw the word ‘Library’ in the title and didn’t read the blurb, when will I learn?! Disposed of.

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Yet another freebie Kindle from yesteryear! I would never get around to reading this, there is simply far too many better options in the mystery genre. So, Anna, sorry love, but I’m gonna have to let you go.

 

So, there you have it, my first Down the TBR Hole post, a measly 5, but I won’t be adding to my TBR any more this year, (promise!) so it’s a job well done.

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