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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My Five Star Top Ten of 2017

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It’s been a bumper year for fantastic reads, I’ve been to wonderful places, and experienced all the feels with this bunch of lovelies! It wasn’t the easiest of decisions to pick just ten, but here are my unforgettable books of the year, in no particular order:

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I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the authors of these books, all of which I was lucky enough to receive in exchange for review. Perhaps next year I might actually buy a book, but, you know, perks of being a book blogger/reviewer and all that! 😉

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Out of my Reading Comfort Zone

So, I’ve been thinking about my reading list for 2018 and I’ve made a few promises to my other half. I’m going to finally read what he’s been nagging me to read since forever.

I’m a horror, crime, psychological thriller and history fan. Sometimes I go for women’s contemporary fiction and humour. But in 2018 I will be mixing things up a bit and I’m going to read a couple of books that are completely out of my comfort zone. Not an easy decision, I’m a little bit worried I’m not going to enjoy myself, but I’m giving them a go, just to see why he keeps hassling me to read them.

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Ok, so without further ado, here are my #OutOfMyComfortZone 2018 reads:

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With a bit of luck he’ll stop going on and on about why I should read these, and who knows, I might actually really love them! I’m willing to give them a chance.

I’m not one for reading fantasy books at all, but I’ll admit when ANYTHING by Sanderson is being read in this house, there’s a sense of wonder and amazement that goes along with it. Engrossed is an understatement! I’m going to see what all the fuss is about. FINALLY, I hear him cry!

I’ve tried Pratchett books before and failed. I’ve only ever finished one; The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, a children’s book!! I can honestly say I don’t think I gave any others a chance. I’ve noticed that a lot of his books don’t have chapters as such. That, for me, is a worry, but I’m not letting that hold me back. So Pratchetts Witches #1 is my first ‘grown up’ journey to Discworld.

I know it’s only two out of the fifty-odd I’ll be reading next year, but if I read them, I think I’ll get a real sense of achievement. And maybe he will now shut up about them! For all I know, it might be ME that starts raving about how wonderful they are! Watch this space 😉

 

 

 

 

 

My Books Smell Funny…

Every day I’m coming across Grady Hendrix’s Paperbacks From Hell, whether it’s on Goodreads or Twitter or here on WordPress. I don’t actually own it at the moment, but I will be getting it soon. Very soon. (Update: I now own it. And LOVE it!)

I absolutely love the horror genre, particularly stuff from the late 70’s and early 80’s, and seeing so many posts about vintage horror books had me causing utter chaos amongst my bookshelves.

The disarray was well worth it though, because this is what I wanted to share:

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Isn’t it just a sight to behold?

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s ALL by James Herbert. (Apart from the ones ABOUT Mr Herbert!) And what I noticed when I was organising the books is that my Magic Cottage is missing! (Not my REAL magic cottage, you understand, just the book. To misplace my real magic cottage would be very careless. And impossible, as I don’t have one.) I’ve loaned it to somebody and I can’t remember who. I’m mortified, so I’ll have to replace it, but I want the same edition as before, naturally. Anyway, now I’ve come to terms with the fact I’ve lost track of one of my FAVOURITE books and have mopped up my tears, lets discuss the smell.

If only I had a scratch and sniff option on my blog! (Although if I saw someone scratching my beloveds, I wouldn’t be best pleased, so I guess it’s a blessing really.) Some of these beauties have been sat on my bookshelves for over 30 years. They’re yellowing and dotted with mould. Some pages are falling out, the spines are ripped, but they’re loved. They have that smell that I struggle to describe, nothing I can think of can compare. It’s not a ‘oooh let’s get a Glade Plug-in like that’ smell, it’s more of a WONDERFULLY GRUBBY AROMA that oozes the stench of my first horror adventures.

Oh how I love you my fabulous fousty friends!

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So, from fousty friends, to bookish friends. Fancy sharing some smelly old reads that are close to your heart and catnip for your nose? I’d love to see more photos, especially if any are by (IMO) The Master of Macabre himself.

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In memory of James Herbert OBE 1943 – 2013.

I’ll finish on a lighter note, James’ dad was called Herbert. Yep, he was Mr Herbert Herbert, what crazy parents he must of had! Or just lazy!😂

 

My Sweet Friend by H A Leuschel

My Sweet Friend by H.A. Leuschel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading a collection of short stories by the same author earlier this year, I was looking forward to reading this novella, but I had a feeling that Manipulated Lives would be a hard act to follow.

My Sweet Friend is a deep, and slightly dark look into the dynamics of friendship and how people aren’t necessarily what they seem. Manipulators are often clever, devious people who lie and do whatever is needed for their own ends. H.A. Leuschel once again hooked me by her subtly complex characters that have an intriguing depth.

Told in alternate chapters by the two main characters, the story follows Alexa and Rosie and their close friendship. They are work colleagues as well as best friends, and after Alexa takes some time off from work, we get to see that something between the two women isn’t quite ringing true.

The author is excellent at portraying characters that are flawed by their past. The friendship here is proved to be deceitful, manipulative and fake. I enjoyed that I was unable to pinpoint who was being manipulated by who until about half way through. When the characters back stories fell into place, and their true colours started to show through, I was dying to find out how the story would pan out.

The writing style felt fresh and breezy, like the location in which it was set. For me, there’s always something so lovely about France, but the author creates a backdrop of beauty for something that’s altogether rather unsettling.

My only complaint is when I got to the end, I felt disappointed that I couldn’t continue reading. There is so much to this story that could be elaborated and built upon, that’s my problem with novellas, they’re just not long enough! (Stating the obvious I know, but that’s why I don’t read many stories under 300 pages!)

Overall, I enjoyed this novella immensely, I am just hoping that Helene will write something along these same lines that is at least 300 pages, so I can sink my teeth right in. Her short stories are a delicious snack, and I’d really like a proper roast with all the trimmings!

HUGE thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this novella in exchange for an honest review, as always, it was a pleasure.

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