It’s Monday, What are you Reading? #3

The “It’s Monday, What are you Reading” meme is hosted by The Book Date. It’s a chance to show your followers what book you’re reading or listening to.

Last Week:

I didn’t finish any books last week unfortunately. I started a couple of books but couldn’t get into them so I DNF’d them.

This Week:

I’m still going with The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas. I’m about 75% through and I’m quite enjoying it so I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to finish.

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I’m also reading Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King. I just started this last night so I haven’t read much of it, but I’m looking forward to reading another Stephen King.

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Next Week:

Next week is the Books in the Freezer readathon, which is a horror themed readathon (how is it October next week?!). Here is my readathon and the details of the challenge in case you want to get involved.

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Books in the Freezer is a podcast all about horror books, so naturally they are holding a readathon next month in time for Halloween. The readathon takes place on the 1st – 14th of October and there are 5 challenges which all sound really interesting.

Here’s my TBR for the readathon: Continue reading “Books in the Freezer Readathon TBR”

How I Choose My Books Tag

I’ve seen this tag on a few different blogs so I thought I’d give the “How I Choose My Books Tag” a go today.

Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell

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I really love Jen’s Booktube channel and the cover was so beautiful for this collection of short stories that I had to get it. It’s one of my favourite naked hardcovers. Continue reading “How I Choose My Books Tag”

Discussion: Things I wish I’d been taught in school

As it’s recently the start of the school year in the UK, I wanted to look back on what I wish I’d actually been taught at school. As a Linguistics graduate, Pythagoras’ Theory and how a bunsen burner operates have never been useful in my adult life. Similarly my brother, a chemistry student, has never seen English as anything other than reading books and thinking about why the author used a particular word from that specific character (I never understand why linguistics isn’t as important as literature at school).

Anyway, here are some things I think would have actually been useful or interesting to learn at school: Continue reading “Discussion: Things I wish I’d been taught in school”

Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I saw this challenge on Bookworm Book Club’s blog and it looked interesting to test my knowledge, so that’s what I’m doing today!

Rules:

You must answer these questions without looking anything up on the internet and without looking at your bookshelves!!

1. Name a book written by an author called Michael.

I only remember reading the author Michael Morpurgo when I was in middle school, but I really can’t remember any titles!

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2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

3. Name a book about a character called George.

George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

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4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith.

I know there is an author called Zadie Smith but I really can’t remember any titles haha! I’m rubbish at this

5. Name a book set in Australia.

Two weeks with the queen – it’s mostly set in London, but I think the main character was Australian and it started there?

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6. Name a book with the name of a month in the title.

Was August Rush a book before it was a movie? It’s a cute movie anyway!

7. Name a book with a knife on the cover.

The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman

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8. Name a book with the word ‘one’ in the title.

One Day – David Nicholls (?)

9. Name a book with a eponymous title.

The Life of Pi – Yann Martel

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10. Name a book turned into a movie.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Thanks for reading. If you fancy doing this challenge, please tag me so I can some and see your answers.

e-Arc review: This Child of Ours

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This Child of Ours – Sadie Pearse –

2018 – Contemporary Fiction

Netgalley Summary:

Riley Pieterson is an adventurous girl with lots of questions. There’s plenty she doesn’t know yet; what a human brain looks like. All the constellations in the night sky. Why others can’t see her the way she sees herself.

When Riley confides in her parents – Sally and Theo – that she feels uncomfortable in her own skin, a chain of events begins that changes their lives forever. Sally wants to support her daughter by helping her be who she dreams of being. Theo resists; he thinks Riley is a seven-year-old child pushing boundaries. Both believe theirs is the only way to protect Riley and keep her safe.

With the wellbeing of their child at stake, Sally and Theo’s relationship is pushed to breaking point. To save their family, each of them must look deeply at who they really are.

My Thoughts:

This novel is told from Sally and Theo’s perspectives, who are the parents of Riley, a child with gender dysphoria. From that sentence this book should have been exactly my cup of tea. LGBT fiction is one of my favourite “genres” . However I really couldn’t get into this book.

I found both Sally and Theo to be quite annoying as characters, set up as very modern people but I found something smug in the way they seemed to view themselves as so modern. For example, Theo says that he doesn’t have a problem with transgender adults yet for the majority of this book is very against his own child having gender issues. On the other hand, Sally goes into dealing with Riley’s gender identity at school and with family far too directly and doesn’t acknowledge her partner’s concerns, instead staying he is just not listening to his child.

Another issue I had was it felt like the book was based on a list of scenarios parents in this situation may find themselves in connected with very little plot. Because of the lack of real plot the book felt like it went on for too long and I just wanted to reach the end.

I gave this book 2/5 on Goodreads. I honestly thought I’d love this book but lack of plot and boring characters let it down. However, there are 9 other ratings on Goodreads for this book and only 1 other who rated below 4 stars so I’m in the minority!

Top 10 Tuesday: Hidden Gems

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday has the theme of “Hidden Gems”, which are books we feel deserve more recognition. On my list there are some quite old novels (I tend not to read new releases until the hype dies down!) but these are some recommendations of books that I don’t hear talked about much.

Another Night, Another Day – Sarah Rayner

I really enjoy Sarah Rayner’s fiction and this is my favourite book by her. It’s about a group of people who meet in a mental health group and the stories of how they got to the position they are in with their MH.

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Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

I think this is the first LGBT novel I remember reading, and it’s so insta love and utopian that you will either love this book or hate it. But if you like cute stories that make you smile but don’t have to be particularly realistic then definitely check this out

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Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx

A lot of people have seen this film, but I think the short story is definitely worth reading. The prose is so well written and it’s so heartbreaking that it’s a shame so many people skipped on this novella.

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Diane Chamberlain books

I’m cheating a little bit here by going with a whole author, but Diane Chamberlain is someone I wish more people had read, at least in the UK where she doesn’t seem to be very well known. She writes books set in North Carolina, and is often compared to Jodi Picoult as she writes contemporary family dramas. If you’re a fan of Picoult, I suggest you check out Diane Chamberlain.

Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin

In Elsewhere a 15 year old girl dies and finds herself in Elsewhere, where she will age backwards until she is a baby and is born again. It’s a really beautiful novel about grief seen from the eyes of the person who has died.

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Man’s World – Rupert Smith

This is one of my favourite novels I’ve read this year. It’s about a gay man in present time and his experiences in the stereotypical gay world of clubbing, drugs and one night stands. There is a parallel story (which was the part I loved) about a gay man in the 1950’s trying to keep his sexuality a secret while doing national service.

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The Orphan Choir – Sophie Hannah

This is one of the lowest rated books on my Goodreads Read list and I think a lot of the reviewers expected this to be a ghost story, but I think going into it as a slower psychological thriller it’s more enjoyable. It’s about a woman who moves to the countryside then starts hearing a ghostly choir of children. I really like this as a quick read at Halloween time.

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Sketchcop: Drawing a Line Against Crime – Michael W. Streed

If you like true crime, you should check out this non-fiction about a police officer in USA who sketches suspects based on witness testimonies.

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The Brightest Star in the Sky – Marian Keyes

This is a “chick lit” novel about the groups of people living in one particular block of flats and their lives. This has a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads but I personally really enjoy this book’s choppy style.

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The Girl in the Letter – Emily Gunnis

I got an Arc from Netgalley of this over the summer, and I’d highly recommend it if you like more recent historical novels. It’s set between the 1950’s in a home for unmarried mothers and the present day where a journalist is reading letters from one of the mothers in the home whose baby has just been adopted against her will.

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Have you read any of these novels or authors? I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s hidden gems and why they are worth reading.