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Birthday Loot

In Library Day on March 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm
London Aquarium

London Aquarium


On this day, thirty nine years ago at 3.33am EST, a miracle was born. Or rather, I was. It was a pretty big deal. At least it was for me. While I’m not a big fan of aging, I’ve gotta say that I love it when my birthday rolls around. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve always had jobs that have allowed me to have the day off (as a holiday day, of course). When I was a little girl, my parents used to let me and my sister have one day off per year, providing that that day didn’t fall on a day when we had a test or a project due. (Please note that my parents DID NOT advocate truancy. They’re just really cool parents who wanted us to have one special day off from school each year.) I always chose my birthday.

Anyway, I’ve managed to keep it special this far through my adult life and hope to do so for the rest.

On my birthday, I like to do stuff that I haven’t done before. Go someplace I’ve never been. This year, I decided to channel my inner 12 year old girl and go to the London Aquarium. It was a really fun day. I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed with the aquarium as it wasn’t as majestic as I hoped that it would be (especially considering how much they charge you to get in!). It was very cramped and you had to fight with school children to be able to see any of the exhibits. Because, yes, today was field trip day for a few schools. *sigh* Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun and saw a lot of cool stuff. Including this:

Photo bomb!

Photo bomb!

No trip into central London would be complete for me without a visit to Forbidden Planet. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it a time or two but it’s my favourite place to shop. Yes, that’s right, I would rather buy books than shoes. I picked up some goodies from there which I’m sure I’ll review fairly soon.

Birthday loot!

Birthday loot!

I’m especially looking forward to reading The Empire Striketh Back! I read William Shakespear’s Star Wars ages ago and it was a hoot.

So, that was my birthday! I must go now. We still have birthday brownies to eat and Netrunner to play.



Reading Rut

In Library Day on February 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I think I’m doing it wrong.


So, I’m in a bit of a rut when it comes to the books I’m reading at the moment. It seems like I keep having to put down things that look really good but have turned out to be super dull. Obviously, I’m not going to name names. That’s not how I roll. But it’s starting to be a big problem. Nothing seems to be gripping me and I don’t like it.

If you don’t know this by now, reading is kind of my thing. It’s my favourite past time (and it’s pretty much the only thing that makes my commute bearable). Lately, I find myself listening to music and staring into the distance rather than reading and it makes me really sad because I’m not sure what the problem is.

The beginning of the year started out great and at one point, I was 7 books ahead of my reading schedule on Goodreads. As of this very moment, I’m 2 books behind schedule. That is very un-Buffy.

I’ve been giving it some thought about why this is happening and hope to get to the bottom of it. I think that one of the problems is over-saturation of a certain genre that I was once in love with. I’m looking at you Steampunk. There are so many of these books on my tbr list and lately I’ve just been picking them up and putting them right back down. I’m not sure why. I love Steampunk! Perhaps it’s the selection lately. The ones I’ve picked up seem a bit samey and not at all thrilling. There was one I was really keen on reading and I finally bought it (BOUGHT it, mind you. It’s not from the library!) and it turned out to be super disappointing. I think that I’ll have to leave the Steampunk books alone for a while. Perhaps if I move on to something new, I’ll be able to come back to it with fresh eyes another time.

As you may remember from last week’s post, I recently abandoned editing my first novel and the genre is, you guessed it, Steampunk. So perhaps there’s something psychological going on there.

Whatever the problem is, it’s getting tedious. I want to read a good story, no matter what the genre is.

Hopefully I’ll get this sorted out soon, my bloggy friends. I want to be able to talk to you about books!

A Walk in the Sun

In Library Day on July 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

This week, I treated myself to a much needed library day at the Barbican Library. It’s quite a nice little oasis in the middle of the urban jungle which is the City of London. Unfortunately, I picked the hottest day of the week to make the 20 minute trek and I almost melted into a puddle by the time I got back to the office. You won’t catch me complaining about the heat, however, as we’ve been waiting for summer to come to Britain for quite sometime.

It was a pleasant walk (even in the heat) and I managed to find quite a few books that look interesting. I will let you know!

Vacation   Alif the Unseen   Hunger   Night Work   The Walking Dead 2   The Walking Dead 3   The Walking Dead 4

Treat Day

In Library Day on June 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Hello there! Apologies for not writing since Sunday. I was going to do a mid-week post as I’ve got books backed up but I came down with a stomach bug which took me out of the picture on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’ve actually got three books to talk to you about so I’ll be working on some posts this weekend to catch up. I will be doing separate posts for each one since I feel that each book deserves it’s own time in the spot light.

I’m actually writing this post to tell you that I treated myself to some books today. As much as I love books, I rarely buy them. I read so many that I would end up living in a refrigerator box on the street if I indulged as much as I would like to. I tend to buy books when I know that I will read them again and again. It makes buying books a really special occasion for me.

I went to Waterstone’s with the intention of buying World War Z. The hubs and I want to go see the film next week but I wanted to read the book before I watch the film. I feel quite strongly about this even in cases where the book is vastly different to the film. I hate when I’ve seen a film and then read the book because the visuals from the film get stuck in my head and I get really disappointed when they don’t match up. This happened with The Woman in Black and I am Legend. This might also be one of the reasons I’m having a hard time slogging through Harry Potter. If I’ve read the book first then I already have an image in my head and I can accept that the film is a different animal.

Anyway, I found World War Z and, much to my delight, it was in the Buy One, Get One Half Off pile. Obviously that meant that I had to buy another book otherwise I would have rendered the offer useless. We can’t have that, can we? CAN WE?? (The answer is NO.)

So I picked up a copy of Wool by Hugh Howey which is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while.

I pretty much have to read World War Z this weekend and do three blog posts. Guess I’d better get to it!

Currently Reading…

In Library Day on June 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I’ve got two new books on the go at the moment.

The RitualThe first one is my home book, for which I put down Shaka for the moment. I’m a quarter of the way through it and it’s excellent so far. It’s a mixture of fantasy and romance and while I’m not really a fan of romance novels, the writing is superb. The world that Miss Dakin has built is captivating and the characters are interesting. So far, so good.




Ice Land

This book is my commute book and is absolutely gorgeous so far. It’s a different take on Norse mythology and it’s beautifully written. I am so in love with this book at the moment. I was tempted to stay on the train past my stop just to keep reading. I’m only a hundred pages in so hopefully it will keep me enchanted.






Library Day

In Library Day on June 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Library Day has come back around. And yes, I’m aware that I’ve capitalised it as though it’s a holiday. Even though I only get an hour, it’s like a short holiday away from work. I returned 5 books and came out with 6. That’s fairly typical with me. The worst part about Library Day is that I get super excited about the books I bring home and want to dive into them right away. This is problematic because I still have 4 books at home that I have to read.

So, why, you ask, do I go to the library to get more books if I already have some at home to read? Two reasons.

1) I have a fear of finishing my last book and then having my library trek postponed for some reason and being without a book to read. Obviously, this would never ever ever happen as we own a reasonably large amount of books. But what if some apocalyptic event happened and I was stuck in my flat with no new books to read? Or if I came down with some illness that left me bedridden? So many things could happen. It’s best to be prepared.

2) I am a book addict and I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL!

That’s actually the main reason. Also, it’s because they’ll let me. I think that I’m allowed to take out up to 12 books. Or is it 16? It doesn’t really matter. I pick up as many as I can comfortably carry on a 15 -20 minute walk back to work.

Some of today’s collection are on my TBR list (which on Goodreads is up to 128 at the moment) and a couple I just picked up because they looked interesting. So here they are:

The Trial   Tamar   Gone   Blonde Bombshell   Tank Girl   King Lear

Have you read any of these? If so, did you like it/them? (No spoilers please!)


Currently Reading…

In Library Day on June 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Shaka the Great

This is the latest Home book I’m reading. F bomb in the first sentence. Wowser… We’ll see how it goes and I’ll let you know.

As an aside, the insides of my thumbs are sore from all of the books I’ve been reading lately. They’ve all been kind of beefy books that dig into that spot where my thumb joins my hand. On both hands! I’ve considered wearing my husband’s weight lifting gloves when I read. Do you think that’s too dorky? Ok, then I won’t tell you about the Pivot Tables I’ve made of my TBR list…

Currently Reading…

In Library Day on June 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Royal Babylon

I’ve just started reading this on my commute. It’s a non-fiction selection and, as the title suggests, it looks at the behaviour of European Royalty. I haven’t read much of it yet, but the writing style is very whimsical which is right up my alley.

Currently Reading…

In Library Day on June 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Life as we Knew it

I finished The Last Wish on Friday (thoughts on the book to come) and have started a new commute book. I don’ t know about you, but I find it very exciting to start a new book. I’ve started reading Life as we Knew it by Susan Pfeffer. Unlike the previous post-apocalyptic book I read, this one is very much YA . There’s nothing wrong with that, but talk about shifting gears. In my last post, one of the critiques I made was that the fifteen year old boy seemed older than his age. In this book, the protagonist is a sixteen year old girl and so far she sounds very much like a sixteen year old girl. I’m actually finding her kind of annoying. (Yes, I know. I’m never happy.) To be fair, I was pretty annoying when I was sixteen. I’m reasonably sure that I’m not the intended demographic for this book, but the story is good so far, so I’ll stick with it. Unless, of course, the character becomes TSTL. (For those of you not up on the lingo, that stands for Too Stupid To Live.)

Only time, and a few more commutes, will tell. I shall let you know my thoughts anon.


Currently Reading…

In Library Day on June 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

It’s very rare that I finish my commute book and my home book at the same time. In fact, I think that this was the first time that’s happened. Weirdness. Anyway, I now have two different books on the go.

The Red ChamberMy home book is The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen. According to the author’s note, this book was inspired by Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin and is “widely considered the most important work of fiction in the Chinese literary tradition”. I’ve recently developed an interest in re-tellings as I’ve been knocking around the idea of writing one in the future. Too soon for details but I want to read as many as possible to get a feel for what other people have done.

The Last WishMy commute book is The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski which is the book which inspired the video game The Witcher. It’s sort of a series of short stories, or quests, tied together in a novel. I’m nearly halfway through it and so far it’s pretty entertaining.

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