Friday, 29 June 2012

This Very Day, in 1997, Harry Potter was Born...





Happy Harry Potter Day!

'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was published on this VERY day 15 years ago. That makes me feel funny and sad and happy. I think I can speak for most people of my age (23) that we grew up with those books and are privileged to have done so. THEY CHANGED US MAN. So yeah, I just wanted to mark this day and provide a Harry related gif for your enjoyment.


I iz Severus.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Follow Friday!



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Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison at Alison Can Read. It's where mega-super cool people meet other megatrons of cool. JOINN USSS.



Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Authors Behaving #9


Authors Behaving Badly: When 
Authors React Badly to Negative Reviews and Criticism!


Or: How NOT to Handle Bad Reviews!

When an author puts a book out into the world they must know it's not going to get completely positive feedback. All books, throughout history, from Hamlet to The Da Vinci Code, have people who love them and people who hate them. And most authors handle the negative reviews pretty well (even if they're crying inside).

However, some authors decide that they want to fight their critics. Some get personal. Some get downright nasty. Did someone say car crash?

I was originally going to post one article on this but so many authors have behaved badly that I thought I would make it a weekly feature! I bringz you all the drama every Thursday from authors who have been a little naughty.


8. Elle Lothlorien Incites Authors to FIGHT BACK!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

'Waiting On' Wednesday!




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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're salivating for.

My "Waiting On" Wednesday selection this week  is...

Sunday, 24 June 2012

YA Book Review: 'The Shapeshifter's Secret' by Heather Ostler



The Shapeshifter's Secret
by Heather Ostler


Published: June 12th, 2012
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Format: E-Book
Pages: 328


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Authors Behaving Badly #8




Authors Behaving Badly: When 
Authors React Badly to Negative Reviews and Criticism!


Or: How NOT to Handle Bad Reviews!

When an author puts a book out into the world they must know it's not going to get completely positive feedback. All books, throughout history, from Hamlet to The Da Vinci Code, have people who love them and people who hate them. And most authors handle the negative reviews pretty well (even if they're crying inside).

However, some authors decide that they want to fight their critics. Some get personal. Some get downright nasty. Did someone say car crash?

I was originally going to post one article on this but so many authors have behaved badly that I thought I would make it a weekly feature! I bringz you all the drama every Thursday from authors who have been a little naughty.


8. Alice Hoffman gets in a huff...man.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Book Chat: My Book Buying Habits!




My Crazy Book Buying Habits!





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Over on the youtube channel ReadingWithJack, he is asking us about our book buying habits. I thought I would have a go at answering his questions!

1) Do you have an obsession with buying books?


Yes. I buy, on average, 6 books a week. I have so many books at the moment that if I stopped buying them for 10 years I probably still wouldn't be able to read them all. I just can't stop myself.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer TBR List!





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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.


Top Ten Books on My Summer To-Be-Read-List!

10.

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Plot Synopsis:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Book Accessories: Book Quote Bookmarks!



10 Gorgeous Bookmarks Featuring Quotes From Books!

I love a good quote. Especially when it's on a bookmark.

10.

Quote: 'Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so On the Road.'
From: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Buy: breakbeat

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Book Chat: Underrated Books!




Book Chat: Books I've Read That I Think Are Underrated

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This book chat was started by the splendiferous Misty at The Book Rat in this video. The topic was a little difficult for me because I realised that I haven't read and loved many underrated books! I am obviously just too mainstream. My list will comprise of books which I don't see talked about very much on the blogosphere or in Top 10 lists, or books my famous authors that are a little overlooked.


Title: The Adventures of Caleb Williams: Or, Things as They Are
Author: William Godwin
Why I Think it is Underrated: Did you know that William Godwin was Mary Shelley's father? I didn't until a couple years ago, because his novel, the FIRST EVER mystery novel, isn't too well known. Definitely not a classic like Frankenstein. I read it a couple of years ago and, while not a quick read, I was fascinated and really enjoyed it. 

Friday, 15 June 2012

Books in the News: Jane Austen Portrait Uncovered



A Portrait Thought to be Jane Austen is Unearthed!

It is very likely that this portrait depicts the writer at the age of 13:

Reproduction of Portrait hoped to be Austen at 13

This portrait has been at the centre of a debate for many years, but only now has it been digitally reproduced for the general public to see. Whilst the evidence seems to point absolutely at the conclusion that this is Jane herself, it is only now that doubts about its subject are starting to be proven wrong,

'The painting, owned by the Rice family, direct descendants of one of Jane's brothers, has been the subject of debate almost since it came to public light in the late 19th century. The Rices say it was composed during an Austen family visit to the house of Jane's great uncle Francis, in Kent in 1789, when Jane was 13. According to the recorded family history, having commissioned the portrait Francis kept it in Sevenoaks with the rest of his family collection. It was then given by his grandson, Colonel Thomas Austen, to a close friend as a wedding present, the year after the author died in 1817, because the bride was reported to be a keen admirer of Austen's books.' (Source)

The main reason this portrait hasn't been verified as Jane were the doubts of the National Portrait Gallery.

'However, since the 1940s art experts, led by the National Portrait Gallery, have raised objections, principally that the style of the girl's dress and the general composition date the painting after 1800. By then, Jane Austen would have been in her 20s, too old to be the girl depicted.' (Source)

However, the new evidence seems to suggest that they were mistaken,

'But the new evidence also provides important clues that could contradict the established view. The digital analysis has been conducted on a photograph of the canvas dating back to 1910 when the photographer Emery Walker was hired to reproduce the image for a collection of Jane Austen's letters. The original glass plates have since been stored in the National Portrait Gallery's own reference library, and have only now been digitally reproduced.' (Source)

Further analysis will surely prove either way, but I for one like to believe that it is Jane...and how beautiful she was!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Book Chat: Inside Out Books!




Inside Out Books!



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This feature has been created by the Youtube channel MathomBooks. It is an acronym, with the letters down the side spelling 'Inside Out', and with each letter beginning a question relating to our personal reading habits. I loves an acronym.


I Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough (Discuss)

This is a strange question because it really depends on the book. Some books overdo the blurb or make it completely misleading. That annoys me. But usually they sell the book and make you want to find out more.





Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Authors Behaving Badly #7




Authors Behaving Badly: When 
Authors React Badly to Negative Reviews and Criticism!


Or: How NOT to Handle Bad Reviews!

When an author puts a book out into the world they must know it's not going to get completely positive feedback. All books, throughout history, from Hamlet to The Da Vinci Code, have people who love them and people who hate them. And most authors handle the negative reviews pretty well (even if they're crying inside).

However, some authors decide that they want to fight their critics. Some get personal. Some get downright nasty. Did someone say car crash?

I was originally going to post one article on this but so many authors have behaved badly that I thought I would make it a weekly feature! I bringz you all the drama every Thursday from authors who have been a little naughty.


7. Jamie McGuire's Dignity is a Beautiful Disaster

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

'Waiting On' Wednesday!




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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're salivating for.

My "Waiting On" Wednesday selection this week  is...

Monday, 11 June 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads



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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend 

As Good Beach Reads


I tried to rack my brains to think of books I have enjoyed reading on the beach. I prefer light, fun, cute reads for vacation- you don't want anything heavy bringing down your mood! I think books set in summer, warm countries or on vacation because then they add to your summery mood! I also like mysteries and thrillers because they are so addictive and you can just relax while engrossed in one. Here's my list:

10.
Titles: The ENTIRE Sweet Valley High or Sweet Valley University series!
Author: Francine Pascal
Good on the Beach Because: These are the ultimate trashy, gossipy, beautiful people, beachy feel-good books. Me and my sister collected these and read them all when we were young and I still have to pack one if I'm ever going to the beach!


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Mailbox Monday!




Mailbox Monday!

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Mailbox Monday is a where we share the books we acquired in the week whether bought, borrowed or stole...or sent from a publisher! It is hosted by a different book blog each month; more details can be found here: Mailbox Monday. 

The host for June's Monday Mailbox is  Burton Book Review

Book Pile for this Week

I was visiting my sister in Bristol this week, and while I was there I insisted we visit some of the local bookshops. Bad idea. I ended up with too many books. This was the shop that most of my books came from (LOVE the name):

Book Review: 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B White



Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White


Published: 1952
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback
Pages: 184


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Books in the News: The Google Image Dictionary



Google Image Dictionary

I came across this story a little while ago and really liked the idea behind it!


What It's All About:  'London-based artists Heyes and West took the typical 21,000 words found in an average dictionary, and then ran every word through Google Images.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

'Waiting On' Wednesday!





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"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're salivating for.

My "Waiting On" Wednesday selection this week  is...

Monday, 4 June 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read!



Description

Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.


Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read!


This week we had to choose a past 'Top Ten Tuesday' that we didn't do the first time around and I went for this one! There are way more than ten but these are the ones that I am most embarrassed to admit.

Mailbox Monday!



Mailbox Monday!

Description

Mailbox Monday is a where we share the books we acquired in the week whether bought, borrowed or stole...or sent from a publisher! It is hosted by a different book blog each month; more details can be found here: Mailbox Monday. 

The host for June's Monday Mailbox is  Burton Book Review

This Weeks Book Pile!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

YA Book Review: 'The Peculiars' by Maureen Doyle McQuerry




The Peculiars
by Maureen Doyle McQuerry


Published: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 354