Goodbye November, Hello December 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? November has been a cold and dark month here in the UK! However despite the weather, I spent a wonderful weekend on the south coast celebrating my mum’s and stepdad’s birthdays. I have also got stuck into the Pathways to Ministry course – a really interesting and thought provoking course, but that does involve quite a bit of reading. Here is what else I have managed to read:

Fiction: 0          Non-Fiction: 1

My one and only book finished in November was Christian non-fiction Life of the Beloved by Henri J. M. Nouwen, which I read for my church’s book club. I thought it was a well-written and inspiring guide, that was a good boost for me living in a majoritively secular society myself.

Pick of the Month: Life of the Beloved

I would usually be pretty down on myself for finishing just one book, however I know I have actually been reading a lot but just not finishing them! I have made big progress through some very long books: The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas and 90 Days Through the New Testament by Ron Rhodes (30 days left!). Plus I am over 3/4’s of the way through Innocence by Dean Koontz and I have started re-reading The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis, which is the next book for my church’s book club.

In December, I am looking forward to finishing a lot of these books, breaking up from work for the holidays and celebrating Christmas; of course!

What did you do and read in November? What are your plans for December?

Adaptations: November 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve watched on the big and small screen during this month:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Read     Film     Cinema

The long awaited, spin-off prequel to the Harry Potter film franchise, which is inspired by J K Rowling’s fictional textbook. We travel back to the Wizarding World in 1936 to follow Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his case of magical creatures in their extraordinary adventures in New York. A truly wonderful, fantasy romp with a more adult edge, which had me grinning from ear-to-ear!

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Dark Angel (2016)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A gripping, two-part historical drama starring Joanne Froggatt as the serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, who is feared to have poisoned up to 21 people with arsenic; adapted from a criminology by David Wilson. Froggatt is stunning in this dark, twisted tale of love and betrayal, and worst of all it’s true!

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Victor Frankenstein (2015)
Read     Film     Television

Fantasy, horror film, based on Mary Shelley’s eponymous character, that imagines how radical medical student Frankenstein (James McAvoy) works with circus hunchback Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) to create a monster! On release this received negative reviews, but I am glad I gave it a go as it is a bit of fantastical fun.

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That’s three new adaptations watched. However I have also started watching the highly anticipated and controversial second series of the BBC’s Poldark.

As for non-adaptations, I watched the second series of the BBC’s Our Girl; a gripping army drama starring Michelle Keegan as new character, Lance Corporal Georgie Lane.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

The Classics Club: Monthly Meme #47

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Each month The Classics Club releases a question to get club members thinking, discussing and sharing; either on the official site or on their own sites. This month’s question is a rewind from January 2013:

What is the best book you’ve read so far for The Classics Club — and why? Be sure to link to the post where you discussed the book! (Or, if you prefer, what is your least favourite read so far for the club, and why?)

When I originally answered this question in 2013, less than a year into the club, I think I chose Little Women by Louisa May Alcott as my best read. An utterly charming novel that chronicles the struggles, tribulations, and joys of the four March sisters as they grow from children into women. I would still rank it as one of my favourites, but now, 4 years and 8 months into the club, I couldn’t possibly pick just one favourite!

Since then, I have read the deliciously gothic The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, which was another great Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson mystery. Also A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the heart-warming, redemptive tale of the famous miser Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. As well as, two more utterly charming children’s novels: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Railway Children by E Nesbit. And, I could list many more as I have read many wonderful books because of the club. These were just the books that immediately came to mind.

What has been your favourite read of The Classics Club? If you’re not taking part in the club, what is your favourite classic?

Also, share your link in the comments if you have taken part in this month’s Classic Club meme too.

New Books: November 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms, my current to-be-read is getting a little out of hand, so this month I have been good and kept my new acquisitions down to just these three review copies:

The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by EXO Books

First, I was contacted by husband and wife publishing team about their debut, science-fiction novel, The Last Day of Captain Lincoln. Described as a ‘soft’ sci-fi focused on the characters and relationships rather than just the technology.

Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompraecem by Emilio Salgari

Next, I was contacted by Nico Lorenzutti about an English translation of the Italian classic, Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompraecem. A swashbuckling adventure and love story; it sounded right up my street.

The Sacrifice: Short Stories Volume 1 by Indrajit Garai

And finally, I was contacted by a close friend and muse of American writer Garai about his collection of short stories, The Sacrifice. I don’t read a great deal of general fiction, but I have enjoyed many a short story collection.

Do you fancy any of these? What new books have you got hold of recently?

Challenge: R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI (Wrap Up)

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(Thanks to Hugo Award winning artist Abigail Larson for the use of her art)

Sadly, with the passing of the 31st October 2016 the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI reading event, hosted by the lovely Carl V, has come to an end. I love this event as it perfectly embodies all the literature most associated with Autumn: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror and Supernatural. From these categories I have read:

A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin

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The fourth book in Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which is another excellent, fantasy adventure/drama in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Technically fantasy but it is definitely on the darker side!

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Civil Blood by Mark Gelineau and Joe King (2016)

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The second book in Gelineau’s & King’s crime noir thread to their larger fantasy series, Echo of the Ascended, which was a quick read with an interesting mystery in a dark fantasy setting.

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The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M C Beaton

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Blood on the Bayou by D. J. Donaldson

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My full thoughts on these final three murder mysteries are still to be posted.


Which means I have read …

5 books

I signed up for Peril the First level, which meant I was aiming to read 4 books – I made very slow progress in September but my October reading made up for it, and my final amount is just over my goal.

Did you take part in this event? Have you been reading anything dark, creepy or mysterious recently?

Goodbye October, Hello November 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? October brings Autumn to the UK and with it cooler weather, golden leaves and darker evenings. One of my favourite times of the year, where I am able to start wearing my comfy boots, cook hearty stews and soups, and snuggle up in a blanket with a good book.

During this month, I have been working hard with my new class at work and I had a lot of fun attending the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention at the NEC, but that still left me plenty of time for reading. Here’s what I managed to read:

Fiction: 5          Non-Fiction: 1

I started the month off, by finishing the amazing A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin; the fourth book in Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire series. Staying with the dark fantasy theme, I next read Civil War by Mark Gelineau & Joe King; the second book in the crime noir thread to their epic Echo of the Ascended series. Then, I continued my R.I.P reading with the classic mystery, The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, off my Classics Club list, and the cosy mystery, Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M C Beaton. Finally, I squeezed in supernatural, crime fiction Blood on the Bayou by D J Donaldson. My full thoughts on the last three books still to be posted.

Alongside these fictions, I also read Christian non-fiction Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright – the second choice for my church’s book club, which made for an interesting discussion. My full thoughts on this book are still to be posted.

Pick of the Month: A Feast For Crows

That’s 6 books finished – much better than in September! Through out the month, I have also been dipping in and out of The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas and 90 Days Through the New Testament by Ron Rhodes. While I have also started reading  and Christian non-fiction Life of the Beloved by Henri J. M. Nouwen.

In November, I am looking forward to Bonfire Night, celebrating my mum’s and stepdad’s birthdays, and getting stuck into the Pathways to Ministry course, with a few other ladies from my church. Plus, more reading of course!

What did you do and read in October? Do you have any plans for November?

Adaptations: October 2016

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Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adaptations I’ve watched during October:

Wayward Pines (Series 2)
Not Read     TV Series     Television

A science-fiction drama, produced by M. Night Shyamalan and based on the novels by Blake Crouch. The small, mysterious town of Wayward Pines has a new resident and a threat from the outside world threatens its very existence. Slightly less mystery to this 2nd series but still a gripping tale which is full of twists and turns.

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Wuthering Heights (1939)
Read     Film     Television

A classic adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel, which follows the stormy relationship of Cathy (Merle Oberon) and Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier). I loved the cinematography and moody atmosphere of this film but I was a little disappointed that the children/next generation were left out completely.

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The 5th Wave (2016)
Not Read     Film     Cinema

Science-fiction, thriller based on Rick Yancey’s popular, young adult novel, which follows Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she tries to survive the five deadly waves of attacks on Earth from a hostile alien race. This didn’t have a very good rating one Sky, but I am glad I gave it a go because I thought it was an exciting, fun watch.

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Inferno (2016)
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The third Robert Langdon thriller based on the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Langdon finds himself in a race against time, following clues based on Dante’s Inferno, to stop a deadly virus being released. A thrilling adventure, in stunning locations, with another great performance from Tom Hanks. Sadly, they changed the ending!

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During October, I also enjoyed hilarious re-watches of Clueless (1995) and Deadpool (2016) , which means altogether I have watched 6 adaptations – a good month.

As for non-adaptations, I watched the fourth series of the brilliant Ripper Street, a Victorian crime series set on the streets of Whitechapel, in the East End of London. Another gripping, bloody series which had the most almighty cliff hanger ever!

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?