Not my bag baby!


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

The opposite of last week’s list, I’ve tried to use the same headings, so here goes:

  1. Bloggers  – if all the bloggers I chat with seem to be not really enjoying a book then I admit it puts me off reading, even if it’s a book I really want to read it will probably move down the ‘must read’ list – life is too short and whilst I like to form my own opinion if the popular opinion is generally against a particular book it will put me off picking it up or at least make me less eager to do so.
  2. Author – well, sometimes you can have an author that just doesn’t seem to work for you, their particular style maybe doesn’t do it for you.  When this happens then, yes, maybe the first couple of times I’d put it down to experience and try another book but after that it would probably be a no go for me.
  3. Cover – just as a great cover makes me want to pick up the book, well, the opposite is obviously just as true.  I would probably stay away from certain types of covers.
  4. Hype – yes, I used this last week, but while I do usually crumble in the face of popular opinion sometimes my stubborn streak just kicks in and the hype really does put me off.
  5. Part of a series – maybe the first or second book didn’t work out for me – I do have quite a number of uncompleted series.
  6. Genre – I know that authors don’t really like to be pigeon holed, but if a book falls into certain categories then I would probably not be very interested – not a judgement on any body else of course, just not my go to kind of book – romance, for example, I don’t mind my book having a romance along the way but just not the main focus.
  7. Content – I do tend to find insta love and love triangles a little over used and if I read about a book having such content then I would be less interested in reading.
  8. Certain descriptions – I’m not a really hard sci fi fan, simply because I figure things will go over my head.
  9. Unlikable characters.  Characterisation is such a big selling point for me,  Fantastic characters just make the book don’t they?  If I’m reading a book and can’t get along with the character it will just slow the book down and ultimately stop me from picking it back up.
  10. What did I miss?


Squee with me.


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

top ten fandoms I’m in

I’m not really in any fandoms as such, I don’t think I am any way, but I am a fan of things.  Especially bookish things – so without further ado here they are:

  1. Quotes.  I’m in my own little fandom for quotes.  Most of these are from films, some are from books.  Now, when I say I’m into quotes let me be clear.  I don’t mean wonderful words of literary wisdom – not because I don’t like ‘wonderful words of literary wisdom’ – just that they’re not the first thing that pop into my head given a situation.  Of course, not everyone is always on the same page so when I come out with some line or other from Monty Python or Young Frankenstein or Star Wars, or just about any other film I’ve watched and enjoyed, not everyone is aware of what I’m going on about – inconceivable!  Truly inconceivable.
  2. Lord of the Rings.  You just have to love LotR – you really DO!  It is folly not too.  First of all the book is great.  Second of all Aragorn.  (c) three damn mighty fine movies – and, to get back to number (1) – lots of quote material ‘one does not simply…’
  3. The Classics Club – this is a great little club if you want to meet some friendly people who are all into reading the classics – its a really lovely easy going club, you can take part in their monthly memes or draw up your own list of classics that you’d like to read in your own timeframe – no stress.  I like no stress.
  4. Harry Potter – quote fest much.
  5. Kindles – who knew that I would be my own Kindle (or e-rearder) fandom.  Not me. I railled.  I sulked.  I practically had a tantrum when my husband bought me one with something along the lines of “How dare you, I will never read electronic books!” delivered in, I assure you, a suitably affronted and haughty fashion.  And now, well, I just sit and eat humble pie.  Lots of it.  Mm, mm, I love that humble pie – everyone loves pie don’t they – and, you can eat humble pie whilst reading your favourite book on your e-reader, because it’s easy to swipe the page.
  6. Books, obviously..  But, notwithstanding the e-rearder comment above, I still love to collect books.  Something about the feel and the smell of books.  And lets face it the shelves won’t fill themselves now will they.  Technically speaking, mine may be a little full already (hence the husband buying the e-reader).
  7. Jean Tannen.  Yes, I am the Jean Tannen fandom.  There’s only me in the fandom of course, not because nobody else likes Jean Tannen – I simply won’t let anybody else join.  He’s all mine.
  8. Libraries – libraries are the bees hips, the camels pajamas and the cats knees.  Me likey libraries.  I don’t tend to use my library as much as I used to – I’d probably use it more if they had more ebooks available – it just makes life easier – and quick.  But still I have to give a shout out to libraries.
  9. Book blogs.  You people.  You’ve given me a burgeoning TBR.  That mountain is likely to fall over one day and smother somebody – if I go missing for a prolonged period, send out a search party.  That is all.  Although, in fairness, now I’m buying more e-books, the mountain has undergone a slight slow down in growth as the books are now stashed, safely, out there in the ether.  Up in a cloud. But, without all you other bloggers and your enthusiasm and constant recommendations I would have missed some mighty fine books.  Moving in your own little bubble does restrict your ability to pick all the good books after all.  Thank you all of you, I’m your biggest fan!
  10. This one is for you – your very own fandom space – tell me what it is, so that I can join in with you.

And now, for posterity, whenever you’re in one of those situations, the one where you’ve just had enough, it’s all too much, and then, just one more piece of junk lands on top, the straw that breaks the camel’s back – this is just for you, this is what you can say in such a situation:


Charmed, delighted and enchanted.


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Ten Authors that I’ve met/seen/listened to

  1. Neil Gaiman – at a book reading.  Not only are his books amazing but he’s great to listen to and really patient.  He signed everyone’s books and it was a very long queue – must have took him forever (or at least a couple of hours).
  2. Joe Abercrombie.  Another reading organised at Central Library in Manchester.  This was for his venture into YA with his Half a King book.  I don’t think there’s anything better than listening to an author read their own work – they just bring something more to it.
  3. Robin Hobb.  A great reading for her The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince.  She answered lots of questions about her inspiration and how she came to write books.  Really interesting session.
  4. Sarah Pinborough – this is a woman who just makes me laugh.  She’s so funny!  And, of course it doesn’t hurt that I’ve read and loved quite a number of her books.  She was at the Gollancz Festival last year and took part in a number of the panels.
  5. Ben Aaronovitch.  At a book event in Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester.  Another really genuinely nice guy – he just had plenty of funny stories about asking fans about things on twitter and about sitting on different buses as they travelled around London just to take a different look at some of the places he could use in his writing.  I use public transport a lot – and there are always plenty of funny/not so funny stories as a result!
  6. Brandon Sanderson – another book event at the above Waterstones.  He was great to listen to.  He answered a bunch of questions, he spoke about his experiences as a writer and his processes, he read a sneaky peak out of his third Words of Radiance book and he signed a huge amount of books for an extremely long line of fans.
  7. Joanne Harris.  This was a very informal event at a Library in Oldham.  It was great because it was a very small venue and felt almost like you were all just having a chat.  There was a reading for the Gospel of Loki and then questions and answers.
  8. Joe Hill – who was at the Gollancz Festival.  I didn’t see too much of him but he did attend the end of one of the panels I was observing and he took part in the audience Q&A asking questions of the panel himself and I thought that was pretty cool.
  9. Elizabeth May – who also attended the Gollancz Festival – a lovely young woman indeed whose name you will no doubt recognise from The Falconer series.
  10. Who next??

My precious..


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

That’s right – Spring is here!  It’s official.  The birds are going crazy, the nights are getting lighter, and it looks like I need to do some gardening.  So, a little prevarication never hurt…  With that in mind I give you a few books that I have on my upcoming shelves.

  1. Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (March)
  2. Heart of Stone by Ben Galley (March)
  3. Skullsworn by Brian Staveley (April)
  4. Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele (April)
  5. Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Muller (May)
  6. Skitter by Ezekiel Boone (May)
  7. The Only Child by Andrew Pyper (June)
  8. The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (June)
  9. The Turn by Kim Harrison (July)
  10. A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton (July)

Okay, I cheated slightly because a couple of these fall, strictly speaking, in Summer – but I knot you won’t call the TTT police and have me thrown into a dungeon (I hope you won’t anyway!)

Beautiful books


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

All about the visuals

Books with illustrations, comics or graphic novels.  Whatever floats your boat really.  It’s not a secret that I love beautiful book covers, gorgeous books and fantastic illustrations.  Here are a few.

The Sandman Comics by Neil Gaiman – I’m working my way through these (slowly) and loving them.  They’re dark.  Very dark.  The graphics are awesome.


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  I’m not going to deny that this book is emotional – in the extreme.  It’s an excellent story – but, you have to be in the right mood and it could definitely cause you floods of tears depending on where you’re at – but, have you seen the illustrations in this book.  If not.  Go and look at them.  That is all.


Lips Touch by Laini Taylor.  Now, okay, I confess I haven’t read this yet – but the cover is so gorgeous (both covers – one I want to eat and one I want to sit and look at for a long time) and then on the inside are the most gorgeous illustrations that they make me want to smile whilst being simultaneously jealous that I can’t do that!

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss.  Firstly, Patrick Rothfuss.  So, that is all.  Actually no.  This is another book, very short and from the world of Kvothe – but it’s just gorgeous.


The Hobbit graphic version by JRRTolkien – this book is effing excellent.  Yes,  it is.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  Another wonderfully illustrated book with the most gorgeous and totally distracting illustrations (I think the second illustration is from Through the Looking Glass)

Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne.  If you don’t like Winnie the Pooh, and all the gorgeous pictures – then I can’t even look at you right now!


The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. Shut up and take my money.  Have you read this – and have you seen the illustrations?


That is it for me – only made it to nine!

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