Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday # 7 - My Bookish Week

I had a week off work last week, so I decided to take a week off the blog too, so other than the posts I'd written ahead of schedule I didn't publish any reviews, or do any of my regular meme's.

Now I'm playing catch up, which is why this weeks Top Ten Tuesday list is being published on a Wednesday.

This week is a Freebie, and I've decided to write about the Bookish things I did in my week off. So here it is:

  • As I had lots of free time from work and not having to spend ages thinking of/writing blog posts, I had lots of time to do some actual reading! And for once I didn't get distracted or moaned at. In fact I sometimes got told to go and read a book which made a refreshing change.
  • I received my first delivery from The Folio Society. Two large boxes came with all the books I'd picked. It cost way too much money really, but the books I bought were stunning! The first I read from the delivery was Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. It's the first in The Dark Is Rising sequence and I can't wait to read the next. Review coming soon.
  • I have seen lots of recommendations recently for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, so I read that book too. And lo, it was good. Review to follow soon.
  • I unfortunately admitted defeat on the Book Club read for May. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson. I had high hopes, but the terminology of climbers and mountains, and that it was a non fiction book proved too hard to swallow I'm afraid. I have confirmed to myself that I am a fiction girl all the way.  Kind of an anti-bookish thing I'm afraid.
  • I attended Book Club where most of the other members discussed the book and I listened in nursing my diet cola :-) There were mixed reviews really, on Goodreads one of the group gave it 4 stars, another gave it 1.
  • I started June's book club book - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I read it last year, and wouldn't normally re-read so soon, but it is really a brilliant read, and I'm looking forward to reading it again. I think knowing how it ends and the secrets that are revealed will make it an even more enjoyable re-read.
  • I got considerably further through The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I just can't seem to keep going and going with this one. I wish I could because I think it deserves it, but something just makes me keep looking around for something else to read.
  • At the book club we chose July's book, which I bought on ebook format. I read the first page as a taster, as yet I'm undecided if it feels like something I'll enjoy. On the theme of other books bought I also received an ebook of The River of No Return which I'd forgotten I'd pre-ordered. I'm looking forward to that one.
  • The Folio Society delivery included an extra copy of The Hobbit. It was a free gift with purchase for joining up, and they'd sent me two. When I called they said to keep it.  I've sold the extra copy to a friend whose wife loves Tolkien, The Hobbit is her favourite book, and I know she'll treasure it.  The money will be donated to charity.
  • I had to buy another bookshelf from the Swedish Shop to house all more books. The place is no tidier though.  Must read more ebooks!


  1. Glad to hear you liked The Lightening Thief. I'm currently making my way through the Percy Jackson series and I just can't put them down.

  2. Oooh! I love the Folio Society! I wasn't sure about joining up, but have never regretted it. They have fab sales every so often. The Susan Cooper books are beautiful.

  3. Hi Nellie, I think I could become a big fan of the Folio Society. They have a special on Asimov's Foundation Series, which were the first Sci Fi books I ever read. I still need the last of the Dark is Rising sequence as well.

  4. Hi Jessie, the Sea of Monsters is the next book, and I saw at the cinema the other day that it has been made into a film, so I must read it before the film comes out.