The Classics Club: Survey 2014

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Hello fellow bookworms I spotted this fun 50 Question Survey over at The Classics Club website. I was daunted by 50 questions though so I picked 10 questions I liked and suited me the most. Here are my questions and answers:

1) When did you join The Classics Club?

19th March 2012

2) How many classics have you read off your list so far?


3) What are you currently reading?

Shirley by Charlotte Brontë

4) What did you finish last?

His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle

5) What would you like to read next?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

6) Best classics you’ve read off your list so far?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

7) Author you’ve read the most by off your list?

Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens

8) Longest classic you’ve read off your list?

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Grimm’s Fairy Tales

9) Oldest classic you’ve read off your list?

Aesop’s Fables

10) List fellow clubbers whose blogs you visit regularly:

Gudrun’s Tights
Lynn’s Book Blog
My Book Strings
She Reads Novels

What classics have you been reading?

New Books: November 2014

New Books - November 2014

Hello my fellow bookworms, here’s what goodies I have managed to add to my bookshelf and Kindle recently:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (complete) by L Frank Baum

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson

The King’s Sister by Anne O’Brien

Four new fictions for me this month. I received review copies of historical fictions Red Rose, White Rose and The King’s Sister from Netgalley both I which I am excited to read. I have loved everything I have read by Daphne du Maurier so when I saw Jamaica Inn in my favourite charity book shop I had to pick it up. While I picked up a free copy of fantasy classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz set from Amazon UK.

Clean Food Diet by Jonathan Vine

The Praying Woman’s Devotional by Stormie Omartian

Only two new non-fictions for me this month.  I received a review copy of faith non-fiction The Praying Woman’s Devotional from Netgalley. I read several of Omartian’s work this year and enjoyed them all. Looking forward to reading more. While I picked up a free copy of Clean Food Diet from Amazon UK.

I am pleased I managed to keep my new acquisitions down to a small amount. I am not sure where I’ll start first because I am excited to read all of them.

Have you read any of these? What new books are you excited about?

Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX Wrap Up


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Autumn doesn’t have long left now here in the UK and Winter is creeping up on us which sadly means its time to say goodbye to The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event hosted by  Carl V @ Stainless Steal Droppings . This is an event where participants are encouraged to read books and watch films that cover the broad categories of Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror and Supernatural. Perfect genres for the season.

I signed up for Peril the Third level which means I was aiming to read at least one book for the event. Here’s what I managed to read:

1) His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle
2) The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
3) Just After Sunset by Stephen King
4) The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

I usually sign up for the Peril the Third level which means I only need to read one because even though I usually end up reading more I like the flexibility this level offers. I am really pleased to have finished four books for this event and I liked all of them, although I think my last read was weaker than the previous three. (Click on the links in the titles above to view my full thoughts on each read). During the event I also watched the new fantasy, horror TV series Penny Dreadful (2014) which was inspired by characters from classic horror novels.

I will now have to wait till next year for the return of Carl V’s Once Upon a Time and The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril events.

Did you take part in R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX? What did you read?

The Classics Club: Spin #8

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The eighth Classics Club Spin has arrived. Sadly I missed the last spin as I was away on my holidays since then I have really been hoping another spin would come round soon. Now my wish has come true. Previous spins have gone really well for me so here’s hoping this spin goes just as well this time with a random selection from this list:

My Spin List:

  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  2. The Pickwick Papers
  3. Villette
  4. This Side of Paradise
  5. Tender is the Night
  6. A Tale of Two Cities
  7. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  8. The Time Machine
  9. The Tenant of Wildfel Hall
  10. The Secret Garden
  11. The Water-Babies
  12. Count of Monte Cristo
  13. Shirley
  14. The Sign of the Four
  15. Kidnapped
  16. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  17. War of the Worlds
  18. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
  19. Little Dorrit
  20. David Copperfield

I simply made this list by searching my to-be-read shelf and folder on my kindle and listing the classics as I spotted them. These are all classics off my list I already own a copy of which should help get my mounting to-be-read down. Most of this list is the same from the last spin with just a few additions to replace those I have read since.

I am as always rather nervous and excited about which book I will end up reading! Wish me luck! I will post an update with my result when the spin number is announced on Monday 10th November 2014.

Are you taking part in the spin?

New Books: October 2014

New Books - October 2014

Hello my fellow bookworms, here’s what goodies I have managed to add to my bookshelf and Kindle recently:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy)

The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney

Just three fictions for me this month. Quite a few years ago now I borrowed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time from the library and thought it was wonderful. I recommended it to my father who bought a copy and quickly read it. He has now passed it on to me because I think its high time for a re-read. I then picked up epic fantasy Assassin’s Apprentice for free from I heard many good things about Robin Hobb and thought this was the perfect chance to finally try some for myself. I then received a free copy of The Storyteller and Her Sisters from the author. Cheryl Mahoney is a good book blogging friend of mine so I am excited to read her second fairy tale retelling.

Tolkien by Devin Brown

Our Zoo by June Mottershead

Love So Amazing by Pam Rhodes

The Ancient Path by John Michael Talbot (with Mike Aquilina)

In comparison to fiction I have a good mixture of four new non-fictions this month. I received a review copies of biography Tolkien, memoir Our Zoo, and faith non-fictions Love So Amazing and The Ancient Path from Netgalley. They’re all by new authors for me and they all sound rather good; I am not sure what to start first!

I am pleased I managed to keep my new acquisitions down to a reasonably small amount again this month and they were also all free.

Have you read any of these? What new books are you excited about?

New Books: September 2014

New Books - September 2014

Hello my fellow bookworms, here’s what goodies I have managed to add to my bookshelf and Kindle recently:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley

The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney

The Little Village School by Gervase Phinn

Mortom by Erik Therme

I have another rather eclectic mix of new fiction this month. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was quickly read by my father and has now been passed on to me to try similarly The Little Village School was passed on to me by a family friend. I was contacted and kindly offered a review copy of mystery Mortom by the author which I happily accepted as I thought it sounded interesting. While I picked up copies of the children’s classic The Water-Babies and fantasy The Wanderers for free from Amazon UK. Cheryl Mahoney is a good book blogging friend of mine so I am excited to read her debut novel The Wanderers a fairy tale retelling.

Rebellion by Peter Ackroyd

Again I have only one new non-fiction this month. I received a review copy of Rebellion by Peter Ackroyd from Netgalley. Last year I read Tudors: The History of England Volume II by Peter Ackroyd which I found fascinating so I am interested to read Rebellion.

I am pleased I managed to keep my new acquisitions down to a reasonably small amount again this month and they were also all free.

Have you read any of these? What new books are you excited about?

Adaptations: August 2014


I absolutely love adaptations. I know this can sometimes be a controversial subject with book lovers but not for me. I think my real love of them came from my time studying performance at university. There I became fascinated with taking a story and telling it through a different medium; whether that be book, film, TV, or on the stage.

As these adaptation update posts seem to be going down well I’ve decided to continue them in 2014. Here are the adaptations I watched during August:

R.I.P.D (2013)          Not Read          Film          Television
A supernatural action/comedy based on the comic book Rest In Peace Department created by Peter M Lenkov. Nick (Ryan Reynolds) and Roy (Jeff Bridges) are agents of the R.I.P department whose job it is to find and round-up undesirable spirits hiding and causing havoc in the world of the living. This was apparently a flop when it was released at the cinema last year. I don’t think it was anything particularly ground breaking but it was a bit of fun. Okay watch.

Hannibal (2014)          Not Read          TV Series          Television
The second series of psychological thriller based on the characters of Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. First shown here in the UK on Sky Living. A gripping and gory series that’s looks at the antics of Dr Hannibal Lecter before The Silence of the Lambs.  With excellent performances from Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen. Warning with strong violence and gore this is not a show for everyone. Great watch.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)          Not Read          Film          Cinema
A action-packed superhero film set in space based on Guardians of the Galaxy created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning which is featured in Marvel Comics. A gang of extra-terrestrial misfits fighting and stealing their way around the galaxy in hopes of saving it from Ronan the Accuser. What’s not to like?! An exciting and fast paced film with great special effects and a cool soundtrack. I enjoyed this even more than I thought I would. Great watch.

Letters to Juliet (2010)          Not Read          Film          Television
A romantic drama inspired by the non-fiction Letters to Juliet by Lise Friedman which looks at the phenomenon of people writing to Shakespeare’s romantic heroine Juliet. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) discovers a fifty year old unanswered love letter to Juliet whilst on holiday in Verona, Italy which takes her on a journey to discover the letter writer’s long lost love. This film had a beautiful setting and sweet performances from Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. It whiled away one lazy Saturday afternoon. Okay watch.

August I thought was another interesting month of adaptations; even more so as I watched all these the last two weeks of the month after I returned from my holiday. They weren’t all great watches but they all entertained me one way or the other. I am little sad to see though that I had not read any of this month’s adaptations. Now I don’t seem to have any adaptations recorded so we will have to see what films I manage to watch in September for my next update.

What have you been watching?