Getting ready for Autumn

September has arrived. The nights are drawing in and that means one thing: Autumn is on its way so we can look forward to snuggly socks, cups of hot chocolate and dark evenings. A perfect combination to encourage reading!

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Last month, I concentrated on reading those books waiting patiently on my TBR pile which included:

The Gift by Louise Jenson
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas
The Girl who came back by Kerry Wilkinson
The Path Keeper by NJ Simmonds

This month I can’t wait to read:
Marian Keyes The Break
Louise Jensen’s The Surrogate
A flurry of Christmas Themed ones (it is early but luckily,  I love Christmas)

The book club theme for September is Fairy Tales & poetry.

Happy Reading

Love Kate x

Date of book club parties:

Fairy Tales & poetry          29th Sept 2017

Spooky                                  27th Oct 2017

Consult your bucket list     24th Nov 2017

 

 

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Book Lovers Day Favourites

There is nothing quite like a new book with its fresh pages, disintinctive smell, unblemished spine yet to be opened and a story waiting inside to be released for the first time into your imagination. That said, favourite books which are old and shabby with multiple rereads  have  a special place in a book lovers heart  and they deserve to be celebrated on Book Lovers Day. On days when it is miserable outside, life is hard or the duvet is refusing to let you get up, immersing yourself into a familar world with well known characters is a pleasure and soothes the soul.

Some of my favourites are:

The All Souls series by Deborah Harkness. I have them all on my Kindle, phone and paperback just in case I need to visit Diana, Matthew and Hamish. 

The Path Keeper by  N J Simmonds – a new one on my list and I am only halfway through it but within the first few chapters, I knew this was a forever book.

The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley –  part of another series I love “The Seven Sisters”. It was love at first sight when I saw the hardback cover on the shelf with its gold leaf constellations.

Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson. A read from one of my favourite authors and its title alone means I can justify eating marshmallows at 8am with no guilt.

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland – another new read for me but the characters, the bookshop and its local settings made me fall in love with it.

Audrey Rose by  Frank de Felitta – an in depth read on reincarnation. It is heartbreaking  as well as enlightening. I fell in love with the 1970s film of the same name first and was overjoyed when I discovered the book in a secondhand book shop. 

Remember me by Sophie Kinsella – a go to read for rainy days when you need to be uplifted. Everytime I plant sunflowers in the spring I remember these characters.

Hiding from the Light by Barbara Erskine – All her books should be included on my list but this one with Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins  beats them all. It quarantees a restless night with the light kept on. 

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni – Angels as you have never seen them before, a convent with a secret and a race against the clock adventure what more do you need? It is the first of a trilogy but works well as a standalone which is handy because the third book has yet to be released and  many readers  wonder whether it will ever be. 

Dark Dividing – A story about twins. It is creepy, clever and deserves to be read over again.  

Sacred and Profane by Marcelle Bernstein – a story surrounding twins again and the mysterious connection they have. One is in jail while the other hides in a closed convent. What secrets do they both hide? I have read it many times and I am still unsure whether I know. 

As I searched my bookcase for my fave books I discovered many reads I needed to visit again; not good for my overlarge TBR pile including The Dead Zone by Stephen King and Dean Koontz’s Lightening.

What do you love reading again and again?

Happy Book Lovers Day and happy reading!

Love Kate

Celebrating 20 year’s of Harry

 

June has arrived already and this poor blog has been neglected as I have dwelled under the duvet with zero spoons. Many books have been read by our members on the topics of books vs movies, different cultures, floral books, children’s books (always a favourite to do) and finally classics with Jane Eyre being a popular choice.

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Perfect combination tea and Harry Potter

 

This month we celebrate 20 years since we were first introduced to the most famous boy wizard, Harry Potter and the magical world of JK Rowling. For some, it will be a time of comfort reading as they plunge themselves into their well-thumbed editions while others will cautiously tiptoe into Rowling’s imagination to meet the famous trio and Hagrid for the first time. It will be fascinating to see what their views will be. Will they find the story worth the wait and be asking the sorting hat what house they will be in or will they shrug their shoulders, bewildered at all the hype that still exists around the protagonist and friends?

Personally, I love the Harry Potter series and the community it has created. It doesn’t seem 20 years ago I picked up my copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone from the shelf at Woolworths. The children in the library I worked at were excited about the book and the reservation list of a copy to borrow was ever growing so I needed to buy it. I was hooked the moment Dudley was scared by the snake at London Zoo. The following years on release nights, I was queuing up at midnight with many other bookworms young and old, at the local bookshop eager to read the next instalment. Each volume conjures up happy memories every time they are read. No other series has captured me like that apart from possibly the All Souls Trilogy.

If Harry Potter is not your thing we are celebrating series of books in general? What would you recommend?

Want to join in discussions and natter about books – click here for a warm welcome to our book club for people with chronic illnesses otherwise known as spoonies.

Happy reading!

 

A New Year, a new chapter

A new year has begun and we leave 2016 behind. As a group we read many books and our must-read list is growing expotentially with every discussion about our current reading. There just is not enough time to read them all. A list of the upcoming themes is now available starting with Movies vs Books, so the popcorn is out along with a collection of DVDs. Perfect for curling up under the duvet and keeping warm during these winter months. Are books always better than the movie or do some movies excel at their portrayal of the characters?

Last year, we met Madeline Dyer, Tom Seaman and MJ Smith in our Meet the Author posts. Hopefully, we will have more authors to meet this year and new books to discover.

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This month, we are trying something new and holding an extra book club event to discuss Jodi Picoult’s new book Small Great Things on 25th Jan. It has been heralded as the To Kill the Mockingbird of the 21st Century – will we agree?

If you would like to join in our book club parties and book natter, feel free to join our warm, friendly book club for Spoonies.

Happy reading and from all of us we hope you have a wonderful New Year with lots of spoons and books!

 

Upcoming Book Club Parties

25th January 2017 Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

27th January 2017  Movies vs Books

24th February 2017 Unique Cultural ways of life

31st March 2017 It’s springtime!

 

 

 

 

Twas the days before Christmas

The tree is dressed in its best baubles and the lights are twinkling. Stockings are hung in anticipation they will be filled with our favourite things – books!

This time of year, books are great to curl up with to escape the overwhelming and hectic preparations, gather spoons or indulge in festive stories that flood the book shelves in the shops. What have you been reading?

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Are you hoping to find a particular read under the tree?

It is also the time for reading old festive favourites or following family traditions. We particularly love the Swedish tradition of  jólabókaflóð and believe it should be adopted worldwide. Imagine how many happy bookworms there would be and new book lovers created everywhere.

We are pleased to release our themes for 2017 including the one we are all excited about – Harry Potter month in honour of the 20th anniversary of the release of the first installment, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Yes – it really has been out that long. We are also looking forward to the discussions on books vs movies in January. This will conjure up lots of discussions.

Watch this space for exciting book club news in the New Year!

Have a lovely Christmas and hope it is filled with lots of books, spoons and happiness.

Happy reading!

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Do you love books and have a chronic illness, disability or class yourself as a Spoonie – we would love to welcome you in our warm friendly group.