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Lovely Additions

Posted in Lovely Additions, Proofs on February 11th, 2014 by admin – 2 Comments



A few interesting new arrivals on the book front recently – 2 from the library, 1 competition win, 1 purchased, 1 requested review book and 4 unsolicited review books.  Clicking on the covers will take  you to their Amazon Affliate Link.

I don’t like the word diet as it conjures up visions of torture and faddish ways to lose weight.  I’ve never dieted in my life but for the past 6 months or so I have been trying to eat more healthily.  A blood test in June revealed raised cholesterol so I decided to cut down on the cheese (my nemesis!) and be a bit more active.  I’ve lost 10lbs so far and am no longer overweight but I bought The Hairy Dieters book as it came highly recommended by friends especially as it contains meals which all the family, even my fussy bunch, will enjoy.  I’ve reserved their first book How to Love Food and Lose Weight at the library.  There’s a queue of 9 ahead of me but I have plenty of food for thought in the meantime… By the way, the weight loss hasn’t improved the raised cholesterol so a new exercise regime is the next step – wonder if I can run and read simultaneously…


Kill or Cure was a win in a competition organised by We Love This Book.  It has proven a big hit with the all the family, particularly the more gruesome parts, of the book, not the family!   Detailing the history of medicine from prehistory to modern times, this is one for dipping into and may well provide useful in the healthy eating regime…as in inducing  loss of appetite.


The Cleaner of Chartres will be a re-read this month as it is our library book group’s choice for February.  With less funding for libraries and limited stock, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Liz, our librarian, to source enough copies if we recommend a particular title.  I know we could source them ourselves but that defeats the whole purpose of it being a “library” book group.  Soon there will be no books left!  Seriously…

Lean On Pete is another library loan.  My bookish friend Mandy has been raving evangelically about this writer so I really need to get to it.

North of Nowhere is the latest novel from children’s author Liz Kessler.  My daughter Eva loved this author’s previous books so this is one for both of us to read and enjoy.  Apparently this story was inspired by a South Devon village which fell into the sea during stormy weather – ironic considering the horrendous damage the storms are currently wreaking on the Devon and Cornish coasts.

The last batch of four are unsolicited review copies which dropped through the letterbox.  Sometimes these are so wide off the mark for me, even with my eclectic tastes, but these four do appeal in very different ways.  I’ve enjoyed Valerie Martin’s writing style in the past and Byron Easy looks intriguing with The Winter Folly promising to be an entertaining dual time-frame story.  When I was Young isn’t really singing to me at the moment, I sense saga vibes coming off it!

Wondering now if I should choose my next read according to the weather today but then they’ve forecast amber alerts for gales, rain and possible snow – enough to make an indecisive Libran doolally!

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Lovely Additions – 19th April

Posted in Lovely Additions on April 19th, 2010 by admin – 16 Comments

I haven’t updated this in a while and somehow a few books have managed to squeeze their way onto the bookshelves – they can be very sneaky like that…jumping into your shoppping trolley, hopping into your (reusable) bag in charity shops, trotting out of the library…

Four were swaps on , a bookswapping site which I have “frequented” for a few years now - Queen Victoria – Demon Hunter by A E Moorat which is a very different genre for me, Steampunk, but I do like to try new things!  I believe the latest in this series is titled Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, has got to be fun, n’est-ce pas? My other two swaps were  A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, of which I have seen varied reviews, Marmite book perhaps.  Thursday’s Child by Sonya Hartnett is described as a slick, psychological thriller for children (a bit of contradiction in terms??).  This will be my first read by this Australian author for Young Adults who claims not to write for Young Adults but for herself.  I think I’ll like it anyway!  Last of the swaps was At the House of the Magician by Mary Hooper, another children’s writer, this one being another example of her engaging historical fiction, probably not suitable for those who like their history detailed and exact but ideal for a Philistine like me!

I purchased 3 books, Edith Nesbit – A Woman of Passion by Julia Briggs from Amazon.  Do you ever get those urges to simply have to get a book straightaway when you hear about it?  Guilty as charged…for one reason or another, E Nesbit has cropped up in a lot of my bookish conversations recently, she was one of my favourite childhood authors and it turns out she was quite a bohemian in her time so I’m really looking forward to this one.  I was a complete numpty and bought The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katharine Howe as I had read and enjoyed The Lost Book of Salem by the same author – ALERT!!!!  ALERT!!!!  it turns out they’re the same book and if I had looked at the very small print at the bottom of the front cover I might have noticed this – doh!!  Why oh why do they do this kind of thing?  Obviously so dumbos like me will buy two copies of the same book…  Another purchase from War on Want was In A Blue Velvet Dress by Catherine Sefton, another children’s book but the blurb just drew me in – Jane is a bookworm.  So when her parents sail off to Scotland, leaving her with the bookless Hildreths, Jane is soon bored.  Then, as if by magic, a book appears on her bedside table…and the next night, another one…But how and from whom?  Who could resist that?

I won a copy of Hell’s Belles by Paul Magrs from Floor to Ceiling Books, thank you Amanda.  I have heard so much about Whitby and how beautiful it is and this is the closest I’m going to get to it for a good while, I reckon.  Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, in a spanking new cover, arrived from Simon and Schuster – I find the whole concept of this novel intriguing given that we’re living in a world where your appearance determines your status to a large degree.  Last but not least, The Year of Fog by  Michelle Richmond which was given to me by Liz, a lovely book fairy friend.  I think this one will resonate with me as it’s about the disappearance of a 6 year old child and I have the impression it doesn’t have a neat, tidy, happy ever after ending – might need the tissues…

So, there you go, tea time already and I’ve waffled on for longer than I intended. 

Have you read any of the above?  Do you have any thoughts on them – negative or positive or just meh? Do you have any bookshelf space left even with books tripled parked???  Au revoir. :-)

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