Challenge Day 8: Book from your favorite author

A book from my favorite author: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden Hey there everybody, after a few days of being busy beyond belief and rushing off to remote corners of the country I’m back on my challenge. Today’s book was a tricky choice because it requires having a favourite author which I don’t really. So I thought I’d choose something by Rumer Godden. … Continue reading

Challenge Day 7: The book that scared you

The book that scared me: The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher or The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale To be honest I’m not really a fan of “scary” fiction. I hate horror films and get no thrill out of scaring myself silly. I like something that makes me jump once in a while but I … Continue reading

Challenge Day 4: Book that makes you cry

The book that makes me cry: When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest Ok, the thing is I’m not really a crying sort of person. I used to cry at lots of things when I was younger; Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses left me in tears as did Dumbledore, Dobby and Sirius’ deaths and Under the Hawthorn … Continue reading

Rare words and why I love them.

Do you have a favourite word? I love rare and unusual words so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: a fear of long words. Possibly the most ironic word in our language. Vexillology: the study of… flags. When I first heard this word I thought it was the study of anger. … Continue reading

Challenge Day 2: Least Favourite Book

My least favourite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding I thought this one would be easy but now that it cames to it it seems almost harder than choosing a favourite book. The trouble is that I invariably don’t bother to finish books I don’t like, I just stop when they get to … Continue reading

The Help: A new perspective on segregation?

The Help: original? A lot has been said and written about black Americans living in the deep south in the 50s/60s. A book about the civil rights movement isn’t exactly a novel idea. So is The Help just another unoriginal book on an overused topic? Personally I think the reason The Help has done so well is that it does … Continue reading

Challenge Day 1: Desert Island Book

My desert island book: The Complete Works of Shakespeare I know what you’re thinking, what a nerd huh? What kind of person given the choice of all the books in the world chooses this dusty old pile of over read plays. Well stick with me for two ticks while I explain my reasoning. Most people take the words “Desert … Continue reading