Friday Face-Off: Something Furry

Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme originally created by Books by Proxy, and is currently hosted by Lynn’s Books.

The idea is to compare different book covers, based on a weekly changing theme.

The theme for this week’s Friday Face-Off is something furry, and the book I chose is Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH written by Robert C. O’Brien. Fun fact about this particular book, both the book and the movie version used to terrify me as a child.

I have a fondness for all three of these book covers, but my favourite would have to be the middle one. I feel like it just portrays such a strong sense of adventure that the other two book covers do not. I like the brightness of the yellow on the first cover, and the softness of the illustration on the third, but the middle cover just speaks to my heart.

What do you think? Which of these book covers do you prefer?

WWW WEDNESDAY – February 10 2021

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is a quick look and current update in the life of a reader, by answering three simple questions.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish reading recently?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What are you currently reading?

Bartholomew Mills And The January Dawn by David Carmalt. I’m reading this as part of the Let Us Read Middle Grade Reading Challenge. It is about a boy on a pirate ship on it’s way from England to Barbuda, and the dangers of the journey both on and off the ship. I like it a lot, it has a Famous Five kind of a vibe to it which I’m enjoying.

What did you finish reading recently?

Emergency Room by Caroline B. Cooney. I found this book to be very busy. There are so many characters and so much going on, it was hard to really connect with anyone. In a way, it was probably written stylistically to mirror a busy emergency room, which I get, but personally it just felt a little too disjointed.

Growing Up For Beginners by Claire Calman. I liked this. It was slow to get going, the plot unfolds quite slowly, but the whole thing is well thought out, and by the end every loose end has been tied up. I rated this one 4/5 and you can read my full review of it here.

Cry Of The Lake by Charlie Tyler. This book made me feel tense, and kept me on the edge of my seat as I waited to discover what was going to happen next. It is a dark murder told from a few characters, slowly unveiling pieces of the plot. I highly recommend this one. You can read my full review of this book here.

What do you think you will read next?

The Wheelwright’s Daughter by Eleanor Porter. It’s an Elizabethan era story about a woman suspected of being a witch. February seems to be the month of blue book covers so far, so I’m continuing the theme.

Top Ten Tuesday: Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is a Valentine’s freebie, so I chose to do books with Love in the title that I want to read.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Are any of these on your TBR?

Growing Up For Beginners Book Review

Growing Up For Beginners by Claire Calman

Some people like to begin at the end

When Eleanor waves her daughter off for a gap-year trip, she finds herself stuck as a satellite wife, spinning in faithful orbit around her domineering husband, with only her clever but judgmental father Conrad for comfort. Andrew isn’t mastering the art of growing up either. But when he finds his belongings dumped in bin bags on the drive, even he can see that his girlfriend is hinting he should move out. With no other options, he moves back in with his parents. Backing onto their garden lives artist Cecilia, living in chaotic clutter and dreaming of her ex-lovers, still acting like a stroppy teenager at the age of 66. Four lives are drawn together by long-buried secrets of the past, and it is time for them all to grow up… before it’s too late.

Growing Up For Beginners is a story about relationships, family, discovery of self, and ultimately moving on.

I liked this book a lot, however with four main characters – Eleanor, Conrad, Andrew and Cecilia – each with their own story to tell, I found that the storylines for each and therefore the overall plot took a while to develop and unfold. Each of the four characters is connected in some way, but the discovery of how is slowly revealed. Altogether, it is well written and without a single loose end leftover.

Each character is complex, though some not particularly likeable. They all have quirks and flaws, and most have quite endearing personalities that shine through the pages. The one thing I will say is that I found myself getting quite frustrated with Eleanor and just how much she was willing to put up with.

I give this book 4/5 because it is a slower paced beginning, but it is a really great read for anyone looking for something slow and thoughtful.

Let Us Read Middle Grade Reading Challenge

I don’t generally like reading challenges, I tend to get excited about certain ones initially, but in reality I find them to be somewhat off-putting. I like to have a bit more freedom when it comes to choosing what to read, and I can sometimes get overwhelmed when I’m attempting to shoehorn books into categories on a bingo board, thus abandoning the project entirely.

That being said, the Let Us Read Middle Grade 2021 Reading Challenge hosted by Annemieke from A Dance With Books seems to be right up my alley. The challenge is simple, read as many middle grade books in 2021 as possible. I usually do have a few middle grade books on my TBR list so this does sound like a fun challenge.

I have a few books in mind for this: City Of Bones, Maze Runner, and A Wrinkle In Time in particular. I also think it might be fun to go back and re-read some of the books I loved when I was in middle school and see if they still measure up. I remember being mildly obsessed with Both Sides Of Time at one point, so I have added that to the list.

Are there any middle grade books you would recommend?

Friday Face-Off: Romance

Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme originally created by Books by Proxy, and is currently hosted by Lynn’s Books.

The idea is to compare different book covers, based on a weekly changing theme.

The theme for this week’s Friday Face-Off is a book with a romance you enjoyed. The book I chose this week is Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I chose this book because I have always been fond of the relationship between the two main characters – Becky Bloomwood and Luke Brandon.

First off, I will say that I tend to dislike book covers that have a scene from the movie slapped on the front. When I read books I like to form my own pictures in my mind, and I just have a preference for the book covers that are not taken from the film.

I do like this one, but I’m not too keen on the colours that were chosen for the image.

This book cover is my favourite because I like how clean and simple it looks without the busyness and and brightness of the others.

What do you think? Let me know which book cover is your favourite.

WWW WEDNESDAY – 3 Feb 2021

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is a quick look and current update in the life of a reader, by answering three simple questions.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish reading recently?
  • What do you think you will read next?

What are you currently reading?

My current book is Growing Up For Beginners by Claire Calman. So far I am really enjoying it, there are four main stories and characters – Eleanor, Conrad, Cecilia and Andrew – both separate and interwoven, but at times some of the themes in this story can be a little hard to read. It has taken a little while for the story to really unfold, but so far so good.

What did you finish reading recently?

I finished reading Keep Calm and Carry On, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew. This one was just okay. If I’m honest, it read more like a collection of thoughts rather than an actual plot. I found the story to be quite lacking, but could have had so much more potential.

What do you think you will read next?

I’m not sure yet. My TBR list is ever expanding to the point of unwieldy numbers, I add more faster than I can ever hope to read them. I’m kind of feeling a horror novel of some sort, but haven’t quite selected one yet.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is books written before I was born.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Any on your TBR?

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