2017 book challenge update

So it’s March already, this year is trundling along and so is the book challenge. Here’s where I’m up to already.

1 – About a place you wish you lived –  The leaving of things by Jay Antani (set in India)

2 – In a genre you usually avoid – The Lost city of Z by David Grann

3 – With Yellow on the cover – The case of the broken doll by Alison Golden and Grace Dagnell 

4 – That is becoming a movie in 2017 – The Dinner by Herman Koch.

5 – Book with a one word title – Greyhound by Steffan Piper.

6 – An Audiobook – Does a podcast count? 

7 – You can get for free – most of my books are from the library so all fit into this category.

8 – You planned to read last year but didn’t – End of Watch by Stephen King.

9 – You read on a trip –

10 – Suggested by a friend – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

11 – From a series you started but have yet to finish – Finders Keepers by Stephen King.

12 – You can finish in a day – Blackout by Emily Barr

13 – Published this year – leaving this until later in the year for obvious reasons 

14 – With an epic romance – suggestions greatly received but can we avoid the Jane Austin, Bronte types as these don’t do anything for me. 

15 – That takes you somewhere warm –

16 – Of short stories or under 200 pages – Public Library and other short stories by Ali Smith

17 – Considered a 20th century classic – The magic toy shop by Angela Carter

18 – Set in the future – The Circle by Dave Eggers

19 – You choose because of the cover – The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

20 – With a reputation of un-put-down-able – suggestions for this please ?

21 – With a mother/daughter relationship – The Taken by Alice Clark-Platts

22 – Free Choice –


Reading Challenge

I was doing well with  The Reading Challenge last year, until September then I seemed to lose my focus and concentration. I didn’t do too badly though.

So I’ve started the new 2017 one, again I’m sticking with instagram #26bookswithbringingupburns


A couple of the categories were the same as last years, or very similar so I’ve missed a couple out and kept the others.

  1. About a place/time you wish you lived –
  2. In a genre you usually avoid –
  3. With yellow on the cover –
  4. That’s becoming a movie in 2017 –
  5. Book with one word title –
  6. An audiobook –
  7. You can get for free –
  8. You planned to read last year but didn’t –
  9. You read on a trip/vacation –
  10. Suggested by a friend –
  11. From a series you started but have yet to finish –
  12. You can finish in a day –
  13. Published this year –
  14. With an epic romance –
  15. That takes you somewhere warm –
  16. Of short stories or under 200 pages –
  17. Considered a 20th century classic –
  18. Set in the future –
  19. You choose because of the cover –
  20. With a mother/daughter relationship –
  21. With a reputation of un-put-down-able –
  22. A free choice –

I have already begun and made the most of a few child-free moments, I have set a target of 20 but would like to complete it, I need suggestions please (especially for number 10)….


The month so far …

September has been a busy month so far, back to school has given us routine back into our lives, however it’s a little stressful as exams are coming up.

I’m back on the job hunt again, a million applications and C.V’s sent but still no luck yet. I’m considering selling body parts, although most of them are falling apart so not sure I’ll be making mega-bucks any time soon.

I am missing work though, I miss the routine, people and feeling useful. I loved finishing a days work (even doing the most boring of jobs) and feeling like I’d completed something. Getting dressed just doesn’t have to same sense of satisfaction.  One of the hardest things I’ve found is loneliness, I miss the daily chatting and catch ups. I spend hours each day sitting at the computer, chatting nonsense whilst doing applications and get nothing in return. One day this computer will answer me back and frighten the life out of me !!

One advantage of the extra time has given me chance to work on the The Reading Challenge and My film challenge dilemma from 50 things plus some knitting.


The Reading Challenge

The book challenge has been selected and I’ve even started, I’ve chosen a book challenge from Instagram #26BOOKSwithBringingUpBurns, although I’m not linking it to or including it as part of the 365 photo challenge.

Here is the list:

  1. A book with water on the cover – Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
  2. A book set on a school campus – The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell
  3. A book with a murder or a mystery – The haunting of Nathaniel Wolfe by Brian Keaney
  4. A book about siblings – Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richelle
  5. A book with a great first line
  6. A book written in the decade you were born. – Interview with a vampire by Anne Rice
  7. A book with a number in the title – 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
  8. A book that will help you grow.
  9. A book from the library – Almost all of my books are from the library. 
  10. A book about a vacation or road trip
  11. A book with food in the title – Soy sauce for beginners by Kirsten Chen
  12. A book based on a historical event. – 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  13. A book you’ve been meaning to read – The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
  14. A book that has won an award.
  15. A book you read with a friend – Dark by Paul L Arvidson 
  16. An autobiography or memoir – A life discarded (148 diaries found in a skip) by Alexander Masters
  17. A book with a one word title – Room by Emma Donoghue
  18. A book over 400 pages.
  19. A book set in the future.
  20. A book with magic in it. – The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman
  21. A book you learnt about because of this challenge.
  22. A book based on a true story – The poisoner, the life and crime of  Victorian England’s most notorious doctor by Stephen Bates
  23. A New York times best-seller
  24. A book off the ALA’s banned & challenged classics list. – Lord of the flies by William Golding
  25. A book that will make you laugh.
  26. A favourite book from your childhood. – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  27. One free swap-out – read any book of your choice.

I love reading and regularly visit the library, now I carry a notebook with this list and as you can see I’ve already completed a few. It makes looking for books more of a challenge, planning what to look for in advance.

Any suggestions welcomed…

Updated from an earlier blog post, so far so good. Only a few months remaining to complete the challenge and it’s looking promising.

B is for ….


Books, I love reading and I’m never very far from a book. I alway read before sleeping but enjoy reading at other times too.

I don’t have a type or genre that I stick to, I read pretty much anything but I’m not a magazine/celebrity reader. I try not to read too many reviews about books as I find this clouds my judgement about them before I’ve read them but also negative reviews have turned me away from books that I’ve later read and enjoyed.

Reviews are subjective, just because one person doesn’t like a book doesn’t make it rubbish. I enjoy spending time at the library just looking at covers and reading snippets before choosing anything.

I only keep books that I know I will re-read. The one thing I’m most proud of is passing my love of books and reading on to Oscar, he never goes anywhere without a book and loves writing stories. He has mild dyslexia and understands it makes it a little more challenging but doesn’t stop him or his enjoyment of books.

Although I’m doing my own book challenge as part of my 50 before 50 list, I don’t often recommend or review them. I do update the list as I go so feel free to look and comment on any you think I would like.

I’m currently reading Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs as the title and cover seen on reviewing central blog appealed.




I was chatting about ideas for the blog and this one was put forward, I liked it so here it is.

Reading – Lord of the flies by Williams Golding, it’s part of my reading challenge for the year and my 50 before 50 list.  

Watching – Bates motel, 11.22.63, Limitless, Catfish, I tend to binge-watch programmes rather than watch each episode when it’s on t.v and sometimes I’m a series or two behind everyone else. I love quirky shows and scary/weird ones. American horror story is a favourite series. 

Listening to – Mostly local radio (bbc radio merseyside) with a bit of radio 2 thrown in. 

Eating – A little difficult without a kitchen, but we’re enjoying our homemade soups. I love spicy food, curries and chilli. 

Needing – More money ! (ha ha) mostly a new job and a holiday.

Wanting – More Doc Martens, I got a pair for my birthday last year and it has re-ignited the passion. 

Missing right now – My soul mate, Phil and my beautiful boy.


What about you….