Book Tag – Inside and Out

Hello hello!! Only me!

After reading Nicki’s post over on her Secret Library Book Blog and also Drew’s hilarious answers on The Tattooed Book Geek I wanted to join in with this tag as it’s a lot of fun!

It’s a great idea and I thought it originally started over at Jessica Writes. Turns out, she didn’t as she put me right, so who did I wonder๐Ÿค” Anyhoo, be sure you check out and maybe follow these guys, their blogs are very cool!๐Ÿ˜Ž

So, without further ado, here goes:

1) Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

Just enough to make me go ooooooh!!!

2) New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback or Hardcover?

Being the ‘book cover judger’ that I am, I often get drawn in by a shiny new hardback. (See photo below!) Trouble is, they’re really heavy to hold in the bath which is my favourite reading place! So, unless it’s a new release from an author I’ve been waiting on, I’d say it’s gonna have to be paperback. Purely for comfort and convenience. Comfort always wins at my age!!

3) Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books; take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean, clean, clean?

CALL THE COPS!! People who write in books should get arrested.

4) Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the authors gender?

It isn’t important at all. If I like the sound of the synopsis I’ll buy it based on that. AND THAT ALONE. (Lies, Lisa, lies, it’s all about the cover and you know it.)๐Ÿคจ That isn’t true.

5) Ever read ahead? Or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

That’s very disturbing behaviour. People who do that must be serial killers.

6) Organised bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves?

My ‘read’ bookshelf is a thing of neat beauty. Here’s a sample:

However, my ‘TBR’ trolley is a little bit messy, but it’s basically my life on wheels, so, you know…

7) Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Perhaps.

I’ll elaborate. The black sprayed edges did it. And it turned out to be a fantastic read by a fabulous author who I went on to read a lot more of her stuff…

8) Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I prefer reading indoors. Unless I’m on holiday and I’ll try my hardest to get engaged with my holiday reads at the pool. My problem with reading outside is I am such a nosey cow. I get so easily distracted by stuff, (other peoples conversations, shoe choice, summer dress choice, hair style, dogs, birds, cats, food, drink. You get the picture ๐Ÿคฅ๐Ÿ˜†) My concentration level is zero in the big wide world. Book. In the bath. Best place ever.

Aaah, that was a fun one! Care to join in with this tag? Give me a mention, I’d love to have a read!

Until next time, bye for now ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

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The Carer by Deborah Moggach


James, a once eminent professor, needs full time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his distracted middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, a veritable treasure who seems happy to relieve them of their responsibilities. 

โ€˜Our marriage was one long conversation that was only interrupted by her deathโ€™.

The Carer connected with me on a very personal level. A story I initially thought to be predictable, turned out to be a very powerful and surprising book, with numerous unexpected twists. 

I continually nodded my head throughout reading, raising my eyebrows on numerous occasions and thinking gosh, I totally get this. 

This is a cracking read, and itโ€™s reinforced the fact that as you get older, life just gets more and more complicated. Fortunately, we do become wiser, so dealing with complex matters of the heart can be taken with a pinch or ten of salt. 

I think readers of a certain age would take a lot from this, particularly if they have/had elderly parents and middle aged siblings. 

I havenโ€™t read anything before by Deborah Moggach, and unbeknown to me, she wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and have added the book to my shelf. Her writing style is simple, yet magical. She designs her stories in a way that hooks gently. 

A solid 5 star read. It was faultless. 

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Hey there again bookish friends, hope you’re all well and reading like crazy!

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Today on my blog I’m going to be doing the Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag post. I recently read Lashaans’ post over on Bookidote and thought it was awesome, so decided to share my own sinful book secrets.

Have a look at Lashaans’ sins!! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป Aren’t we just utterly wicked readers?! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

http://bookidote.com/2019/08/12/the-seven-deadly-sins-book-tag/

Ok then, off I go…

What is the most expensive book you own?

Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous? It deserves all the faffing about for the pictures because it’s just so damn photogenic and expensive. I’m also ashamed to say I haven’t properly read it! The pages are very thin and I’m scared about wear and tear. I know. Don’t go there.

And the LEAST expensive?

You’re probably wondering why on earth I’ve pictured Mindhunter with my kitchen bin. Well, I found this book IN THE BIN at work!! Shocking behaviour! Who would do this?! Anyway, me being the Womble I am retrieved it and felt chuffed at my free find, and relieved that I saved this very interesting book from a life of landfill.

What book have you shamelessly devoured many times?

Good god, look at the state of that!! It stinks, it has mould and mildew, it’s 32 years old and I love and adore it.

What attributes do you find most attractive in your characters?

I had to think about this one for a while. But these are the kind of characters I have a tendency to gravitate towards in books:

FEARLESS WOMEN WITH PSYCHOPATHIC TENDENCIES. I just love a girl with a dangerous wickedness. A dry humoured, sarcastic crazy bitch. Am I weird?

Dear Sweetpea, you’ll always be my bestie book buddy. Even though you terrified me.

And while we’re on the subject of women who have lost the plot shall we say, have you seen Killing Eve?

I’m binge watching series 2 this week and I am so rooting for Villanelle. It was on BBC One a little while back and I’m so glad my sister recommended it to me. Its based on the books by Luke Jennings. All great TV comes originally from books it seems.

What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

I’m so sad that my household still doesn’t own a Tolkien boxset. What is wrong with us? Both myself and my man are LOTR fans. Yet we don’t own the books. I just don’t get it.

What book(s) do you bring up when you want to sound like an intellectual reader?

I struggled to answer this one because I don’t try and be something I’m not. However, what I am is a bit on the odd side and I like to surprise people.

I’ve been known to bring into conversation that I’ve read The Satanic Bible and it certainly raises some eyebrows. Satanism is very misunderstood. It really isn’t about draining chicken blood into a dish and dowsing yourself with it. It is in fact quite a liberating lifestyle/religion, for those who choose to follow it.

What book or series have you neglected out of sheer laziness?

I just cannot be arsed to read this at all. I watched 3 seasons of it and then the final season. That’ll do thanks.

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Aww man… Mr King. I just can’t explain this one really. I’ve read 3 or 4 books by this incredible author. He IS incredible, there’s no getting away from it. But I get this daunting feeling when I read his stuff. I WANT to love it all. Read it all. But I get worried I’ll become one of those annoying ‘King is THE KING of horror’ readers, who just keep harping on about him. (Like I do about James Herbert. I know, I know ๐Ÿ™„ He is (was) the Master of Macabre, NOT King.) So I CAN explain it after all! I’m rather afraid I’m going to end up liking King more than Herbert. And do you know what? That just won’t do.

Well, there we have it. In conclusion, I’m such a sinner. What a thoroughly wonderful and enjoyable post that was to compile.

Huge thanks to Lashaan over at Bookidote.com for inspiring me ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Fancy doing your own 7 Deadly Sins post? Do tag me in it so I can have a read, this has been my favourite blog post of all so far! ๐Ÿ˜

Twitter #Book #Giveaway

Well, good morning/afternoon/evening/night, (another day gone) it’s only me! ๐Ÿ˜

Over on my Twitter @owlbesatreading I’m currently hosting a giveaway!

I’m nearly at the 1k followers milestone and I actually can’t quite believe it.

Just a couple of years ago Twitter was somewhere for me to see what Holly and Phil were up to (don’t judge me ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‚). Then I started to grasp what the platform could actually do for my reading hobby (addiction) as I started following Goodreads. And it’s just totally snowballed!

I’ve discovered some great bookish people, some super duper book blogs and hours of cracking cat videos where they knock things on the floor.

Now, a few weeks ago I was having a book organising session as I purchased this absolute beauty:

A BOOK TROLLEY! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“šโค๏ธ

And I ended up with two bags of charity donations as a result. I’d even come across bloody duplicates! I cannot believe I owned more than one copy of the same books and didn’t realise! (I’m looking at you Elly Griffiths and Kate Mosse, oops!)

Anyway, the whole point of this blog post is to connect with anyone here on WordPress over on my Twitter. (And it’s also an excuse to show off my TBR book trolley which I look at lovingly on a daily basis).

So what better way is there to tempt the book addicted than to just send them some FREE BOOKS and CHOCOLATE in exchange for a teeny weeny follow and some cool book interaction?! Plus it gives me space to BUY MORE BOOKS if I give some away. I know they’d be appreciated. At least the chocolate would be, that’s for sure! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿซ

I’d say it was great…

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Ok, let’s cut to the chase.

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Not THAT Chase! Although I do love Anne Hegerty.

Click on ol’ matey from Lock Stock up there, and he’ll head you on over to my pinned tweet. Do the stuff to be eligible to win, and finally,

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I look forward to seeing you over there in Twitterland. The land of bookish wonder and argumentative bastards who just love getting their knickers in a twist over stupid trivial stuff. I’m only there for the books. AND CATS.

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T’s & C’s to enter:

๐ŸŒŸHead over to my Twitter pinned tweet

๐ŸŒŸLike my tweet

๐ŸŒŸFollow me

๐ŸŒŸRetweet

๐ŸŒŸUK Book Lovers Only (Sorry, just because of postage costs)

๐ŸŒŸEnds 8pm on Saturday 17th August

๐ŸŒŸStrictly NO GIVEAWAY TWITTER ACCOUNTS (have you seen those people?!! They’re vultures, honestly ๐Ÿ˜ณ)

 

 

The Curse of the School Rabbit by Judith Kerr

The Curse of the School Rabbit by Judith Kerr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This had me smiling away all the way through, who could resist a naughty bunny story?!

Lovely storyline and characters, with a simple, yet intriguing plot perfect for bedtime. More so if there’s a cuddly rabbit sharing the bed, I could see myself animating with gusto to this little gem!

There used to be a menagerie of stuffed toys sharing my daughter’s bed years ago and she would of loved this between the ages of 3-9 ish.

Certainly a super book for early readers too, complete with really cool little pencil drawings, the facial expressions of the characters were delightful.

I wouldn’t expect any less from Judith Kerr, she wrote with simplicity, humour and love.

5 solid stars from me, my grandchildren (if and when I get them!) are going to share this one with me, I absolutely loved it! But then, I am a big kid at heart I suppose.

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This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every single person that has benefited from the British NHS should read this book.

It is powerful. POWERFUL.

The people that work as front line medical staff deserve every bit of respect in the world. So next time you’re having a knee replacement done or giving birth to your baby in the maternity ward, just spare a thought to these overworked, underpaid, taken for granted Angels.

It’s little wonder they appear a tad detached from the job and patients sometimes. I’d be too if I was working a 90 hour week. Ask them how they are, and BE A NICE PATIENT. They don’t deserve the shit they get.

On the flip side, This is Going to Hurt is hilarious. Adam Kay has a way with words that made me feel like I erupted my 25 year old caesarean scar multiple times I laughed so damn hard.

This is a book I will never forget.

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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh Shaun, your hatred for Kindles and stroppy, tight-fisted customers shines through in your highly entertaining diary! I wish I could get away with customer service ‘Bythell Style’, but I doubt I’d be employed for very long! The advantages of being your own boss I guess.

Next time I come across a book with age-related mould on it, I will undoubtedly be visualising some dude in a protective suit, complete with breathing apparatus, whipping it out of my hand to dispose of it safely.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Diary of a Bookseller, what’s not to love?!

For starters, it’s about a second hand bookshop in my most favourite place ever. SCOTLAND.

Shaun gets to rummage through thousands and thousands and thousands of books FOR A LIVING!!!

It gave me a fascinating insight into being part of the second hand book industry, and it definitely isn’t all bookish loveliness.

Did I say this delightful shop is in SCOTLAND? Oh yeah, I did.

Hey, Shaun, I’m coming up for a visit in the summer. I promise I’ll put the books I look at back where I found them. (Even if they are possibly in the wrong section already. Sigh…..*Shakes head*).

I promise I won’t come in armed with a pencil, writing in my own prices on the inside page. I am SHOOK that book lovers even do this!

And I’ll BUY some books too. And possibly a walking stick.

Thank you Shaun for sharing a year of your bookish life. I sincerely hope that your Aladdins Cave continues to prosper for many, many years. Bookshops are sadly an endangered species these days thanks to that flipping internet lark. (She says, on her online blog.)

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