2018 reading challenge update

Well we’re six months in and I’m not even half way through. I’ve been rubbish with reading this year, I can’t seem to settle or concentrate for long enough. I can happily pick up my allotment handbook and veg growing guides to flick through but have struggled with ‘proper’ books. I have still been listening to the audio books and even Oscar is enjoying them.

So here we go ….

  1. A book with more than 500 pages –
  2. A book with a number in the title – Three wishes – Liane Moriarty
  3. A book by a female author – Then she was gone – Lisa Jewell
  4. A popular authors first book –
  5. A book with non-human characters –
  6. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit –
  7. A book from your childhood –
  8. A book with a colour in the title –
  9. A graphic novel –
  10. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The cellar – Minettte Walters
  11. A book you own but have never read – The casual vacancy – J K Rowling
  12. A book that was originally written in another language – The Leopard – Jo Nesbo
  13. A book from an author you love but haven’t read – The hypnotist’s love story – Liane Moriarty
  14. A book with bad reviews –

So far 6 out of 14 completed, not great but better than I thought. I have ideas for 1,4,7 and 8 but I’m struggling with number 14, any ideas would be appreciated also 5 and 9.

Just a thought but would the audio books but acceptable for this challenge ? or would it be cheating because it’s not ‘actual’ reading.

I would like to complete this years challenge as I didn’t manage to complete 2016 or 2017 although both had around 26 books to choose, find and read.

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Harry Potter revisited

We had a few days away at half term and took the opportunity to revisit the Harry Potter Studio tour since they’ve added lots of new areas since our last visit and it didn’t disappoint.

We spent around 6 hours wandering, reading and exploring the studios where the Harry Potter films were made over 10 years. It’s a fascinating place, especially seeing the attention to detail that has gone into making all the props, costumes, tapestries, paintings, even the books are fully printed inside just in case they were caught on camera during a scene.

The forbidden forest and creatures are all new since our last visit and it was good fun walking through the mists unsure of what or who we may encounter.

We even got to see the Hogwarts express this time, that wasn’t there on our last visit. They even had costumes and props from the fantastic beasts film (which was partly filmed in Liverpool)

Since our visit Oscar has started listening to the audio books thanks to the library.

 

Reading Challenge 2018

I didn’t quite manage to finish the 2017 reading challenge, I was let down by ‘Epic Romance’ and ‘published this year’ – all the other categories I completed and found a couple unread authors I will be reading more of.  Here’s the link Reading challenge 2017 – update

Now for the new challenge.

  1. A book with more than 500 pages.
  2. A book with a number in the title.
  3. A book by a female author.
  4. A popular authors first book.
  5. A book with non-human characters.
  6. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
  7. A book from your childhood.
  8. A book with a colour in the title.
  9. A graphic novel.
  10. A book by an authors you’ve never read before.
  11. A book you own but have never read.
  12. A book the was originally written in another language.
  13. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read.
  14. A book with bad reviews.

I have a couple of ideas from a few categories but any suggestions are always welcome.

Happy reading.

Audio-books

I’ve never been much of a music fan, I listen to the radio but more for the chat between songs than the music itself. However, there are times when music helps soothe the nerves or calm the soul.

Where I’m working they have the radio on all day, the problem is that different people have different radio stations on, although neither is loud it can be ‘just noise’.

So I invested  in some noise cancelling headphones and downloaded some pod casts, they were great but most are very short and working an eight hour day you need a bit more. Then I came across Overdrive, an app which allows you to link your library card and download E-books and audio-books directly from your local library.

I noticed a few Jo Nesbo books that I’d been wanting to read for a while and these were my first. I really enjoyed them. I could dip in and out of them as required plus they were longer stories so lasted a couple of days. Then I noticed the Harry Potter books, again longer stories but books I had read some time ago. Once again, well produced and lovely to listen too.

I recently heard Stephen Fry talking about audio-books as he also has started listening to them whilst walking/exercising but something he said made me think. He said ‘I’m listening to books I should have read, the classics and such’ and I this is what I’m going to do. All those books I’ve been putting off because they looked ‘heavy’ or ‘difficult’.

So I’ve been through and bookmarked a fair few and downloaded the first ready for Monday morning, and I’m starting with The Hobbit, because I’ve never read any of the books or seen the films (for the same reason) because they look like hard work, but someone else can do the hard part, I’ll just listen.

So what do you think ? Cheating or clever ? Have you listened to any ? What books/series do you recommend ?

Reading Challenge Dilemma

I’v almost finished the Reading challenge 2017 – update, however the one category that has been given my the most problems.

An epic romance – this isn’t an area I normally read and at first glance it was all classic novels, pride and prejudice, Jane Eyre etc but I read these in school and found them a little dull to be honest.

So I took to the internet and Instagram for inspiration and ideas of what other people read for this category and this is where my dilemma started. I noticed that both the twilight and Harry Potter series have been put into the this category by a few people so I started thinking along these lines and had an idea.

During last years The Reading Challenge I had to read a book from the year I was born – I selected interview with the vampire written by Anne Rice and I think it could also fit into the epic romance category, but I didn’t want to re-read it, so I’m currently reading the second book in the series – the vampire Lestat and think this would also suit the category. The other book I have read recently that I think also works is Bram Stokers Dracula (the vampire thing was coincidence)

So what do you think ? Have you rad these, allowable or dubious ? Any other suggestions, preferably not on the school reading curriculum.

 

Reading challenge 2017 – update

I’ve not looked at the Reading Challenge for a few months but I’m always reading plus at the beginning of the year when the challenge started I made a note of books for some of the categories on the list.

  1.  About a place you wished you lived – The leaving of things – Jay Antani (India)
  2. In a genre you usually avoid – The lost city of Z – David Grann
  3. With yellow on the cover – The case of the broken doll – Alison Golden and Grace Dagnell
  4. That is becoming a movie in 2017 – The dinner – Herman Koch
  5. A book with a one word title – Greyhound – Steffan Piper
  6. An Audiobook – The descent of man – Grayson Perry
  7. You can get for free – Most of my books are from the library so are free
  8. You planned to read last year but didn’t – End of watch – Stephen King
  9. You read on a trip – Now you see me – SJ Bolton
  10. Suggested by a friend – State of wonder – Ann Patchett
  11. From a series you started but have yet to finish – Finders Keepers – Stephen King
  12. You finish in a day – Blackout – Emily Barr
  13. Published this year –
  14. With an epic romance –
  15. That takes you somewhere warm – Summer in Tuscany – Elizabeth Adler
  16. Short stories or under 200 pages – Public library and other stories – Ali Smith
  17. Considered a 20th century classic – The magic toy shop – Angela Carter
  18. Set in the future – The Circle – Dave Eggers
  19. You choose for the cover – The watcher – Ross Armstrong
  20. With a reputation of Un-put-down-able – The memory box – Eva Lesko Natiello
  21. With a mother/daughter relationship – The taken – Alice Clarke-Platts
  22. Free choice – Breaking Silence – Linda Castillo

It’s going well, considering there’s still 4 months left and only 3 categories left to complete. The hardest will be epic romance as this is not a genre I usually read/look for I have just completed the Harry Potter series (again) and could possibly use that if nothing else comes along before the end of the year.

Suggestions gratefully received….

 

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 –

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