Awards!

Awards

I managed to get two different awards this week from 3 lovely bloggers.


The First award I received is the Happy 101 award received from A Cup of Tea and A Cozy for Me. The purpose of this award is to share with everyone 10 things that make me happy and then pass it on to other wonderful blogs.I am working on the assumption that books/reading/blogging are taken for granted:
1. My boyfriend
2. My family
3. My friends
4. My pet rabbits
5. A sunny day
6. A crisp cool morning
7. Going out for breakfast on the weekend to my local cafe with my boyfriend, relaxing and reading the paper
8. Going for day trips to the Blue Mountains (which I never do but I love it when I do)
9. Reading in the park in the sun (I know I said I wouldn't saying reading but this is the exception)
10. Getting a massage



I also received the One Lovely Blog Award from Intetextual Chronicles and 'Til We Read Again. The rules are:
•Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
•Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
•Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Because I got 2 awards, from 3 different people I don't think I could pass them on to 35 people all at once. Although I can think of 35 blogs that I would love to pass them on to, it would take too much flicking between pages and copying and pasting of links etc and I have a really busy day, so I apologise in advance to that.

So, I am passing on both awards to the following 10 blogs:

1. Another Cookie Crumbles
2. Book Bath
3. If you can read this
4. In Which a Girl Reads
5. Scribbles
6. A Literary Odyssey
7. Too Many Books, Too Little Time
8. The Literary Stew
9. The Book Shelf Project
10. That's a Novel Idea

Thanks to the wonderful bloggers who gave me the awards!

Booking Through Thursdays: Grammar


In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?
More importantly, have you read them?
How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?


I think grammar is very important in theory, but I know that I am absolutely terrible at it. When I was in primary school, there wasn't a significant emphasis upon it, and by high school it was assumed that you knew it. Don't get me wrong, I know the general rules obviously, but its the little details I get lost on. When is a comma appropriate? When do you use a colon, a semi-colon or a hyphen?

The older I get, and the more blogging and book reviews that I do, the more I worry that I am not good enough at grammar in general. In fact, I think that if it is at all possible, my grammar is becoming worse since I started blogging. I think that this is because I just tend to type away at whatever I think without paying a whole lot of attention to grammar and spelling. I just go with the flow.

Very recently I have actually been thinking that it is time to invest in a grammar book so that when I have a question about it (which is become very frequently) I have a reference guide to use to figure it out. I know you can probably look it up on the Internet, but who would trust that?!

Book Beginnings on Friday


ANNOUNCEMENT: New Meme - Book Beginnings on Friday. This is a new meme that I have decided to start entitled Book Beginnings on Friday. I hope that you all join in.

At this stage I do not have a button for this meme, being someone that is very technologically challenged. If there is anyone out there that wants to participate in this meme and has the skills to make a button, I would really appreciate it :-)

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter

I am going to cheat a little, buts is the first day of this meme so bear with me. I am going to post the opening sentence of the Prologue and Part One of my current read. You can perhaps get a sense from these opening sentences that the writing isn't the best, but I am getting slowly sucked in to the story.
"Fleur knocked on my door and I must have been asleep because it seemed to wake me."
~ Prologue
"There were three letters addressed to me on the kitchen counter when I arrived home that Thursday in August, white and cream envelopes bright against the blue tile."
~Part One
Thank you to Rose City Reader for giving me the idea for this meme. On Rose City Reader you will find 'Opening Sentences of the Day' so please have a look at this wonderful blog for further opportunities to share opening sentences.

Place a link to your Book Beginnings on Friday post in the Mr Linky below or alternatively leave a comment.



Lights, Camera, Blog Action!



This is a special feature dedicated to spreading the word about the other great blogs that are out there! I have found a lot of great blogs through such features and I want to be able to share some book blog joy too!
This week I am featuring Christina from Reading Extensively.
1. Tell us something about yourself

My name is Christina and I am a tea drinker and avid reader. I am also a 30-something librarian from Ohio. I am currently not working at a library but I hope to be back in the library world soon. Some of the things I enjoy about being a librarian are the ability to connect people with books and also selecting what books to purchase for the library. I mostly read YA fiction, Christian fiction, and historical fiction, with some multicultural fiction, fantasy, and chick lit thrown in. When I'm not reading or drinking tea I also like to watch movies, play Scrabble, and bake.

2. What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?

One of my favorite books was Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. I just loved how Ramona viewed the world around her, her excitement at receiving a pair of shiny red rain boots or pulling the curls of her classmate's hair and watching it spring back into place. I also loved the humor, how Ramona took everything so literally-when her teacher told her to sit somewhere and wait for the present, Ramona sat there waiting to receive a gift! Ramona kind of reminded me of my own younger sister and I even started calling her Reneta the Pest (until she began calling me Beezus which wasn't so much fun). I think it is great that Beverly Cleary's books are still being read and enjoyed. It makes me happy to see them on library shelves alongside Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody.

3. Why do you love to read?

I blame my Mom for my love of reading. She began teaching me to read when I was not yet three years old and she also told my sister and I stories while she fed us. That love of hearing a good story translated into a love of reading on my own. I was also very shy when I was growing up and books were a way for me to have adventures and kind of represented this safe place to hang out. Reading allows me to experience new ideas and cultures different from my own. Reading historical fiction brings the past to life for me in a way that textbooks never could.

4. How do you choose your books?

I like to look at reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly as well as websites like Teensread.com to see what new YA fiction is coming out. I also get reading suggestions from Amazon.com and from other book blogs. I think the Internet has really changed how people find books. It used to be just by browsing bookstores and word of mouth.

5. If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?

I guess my three favorite authors would be Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, and Juliet Marillier (J.R.R. Tolkien would like to be part of the list but I didn't really like the Hobbit and have yet to finish The Silmarillion...)

My three favorite books would be The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I've read each multiple times and used to read the first two annually.

6. When and why did you start your blog?

I started my blog on January 22, 2010. I had been following some YA librarian blogs and I also joined Shelfari and I found that I enjoyed talking about books in the Shelfari groups I joined. That naturally led me to think of starting my own blog so I just went for it. The name of my blog comes from a line by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice where he describes a truly accomplished woman as someone who improves her mind by extensive reading. Originally the goal of my blog was to track my efforts to read a greater variety of books and I even signed up for a lot of reading challenges to help me reach my goal. What I have found is that I still gravitate towards YA fiction and YA book blogs but I guess as long as I read a few different things this year, then it is a step in the right direction!

7. What do you love about book blogging?

I like being able to talk about books with others who love reading as much as I do. I also enjoy writing reviews and sharing them through my blog. I find the book blogging community to be very friendly and interesting.

8. What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?

I don't know that I'm qualified to offer tips since I'm still so new to this! When I started, I got some great tips from Kristi at The Story Siren (www.thestorysiren.com). She suggested that if you are starting out, memes are a really great way to get to know other book bloggers and get your blog out there. Also I try to visit anyone who comments on my blog. I follow a lot of blogs too, especially blogs that are just starting out like me. I love getting comments so I try to reciprocate. I am very thankful for the people who are following my blog and the welcome that I have received from the book blogging community!
I love your 3 favourite authors and books! I totally agree with your choices, all of them are so good! I love how you came up with the title of your blog too - it's very clever and original. Plus I have a big crush on Mr Darcy :-)
I hope that everyone takes the time to check out Christina's blog. If anyone else is interested in participating in Lights, Camera, Blog Action! please send an email to pageturnersbooks@gmail.com

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Details

Paperback
Pages: 348
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: 2007
Language: English
ISBN: 9780747585664

Book Review
Warning - this is going to be a long review.
It seems like for most, Eat Pray Love is a book that you either love or hate. Personally I really enjoyed it. I did take awhile to warm up to it. The manner in which is it written is very unusual. I am not used to reading books written from so personal a perspective. Although initially I found it a little off putting, I got used to it as the books progressed.

The manner in which it was written suited the story. For those that don’t know, the book is Elizabeth Gilbert’s record of her journey of self discovery following a heartbreaking divorce and the end of her following relationship. She dedicates a year to travelling around the globe; experiencing pleasure in Italy, living in an ashram in India and dedicating her time to getting closer to God, and finally finding balance and love in Bali.

At times it was perhaps a little bit preachy, and every now and again I began to feel a little bit bored with all the facts that are shared (at least I hope that they are facts). Still, I appreciated reading about someone’s journey to self discovery, and the time and effort was dedicated to healing and coming to know herself.

There were a few passages in the book that really got me thinking. So rather than focussing solely on a book review this time, I thought that I might actually share some of the passages that really made me reflect upon myself.

Internal peace

“The Yogis, however, say that human discontentment is a simple case of mistaken identity. We’re miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears and laws and resentments and mortality. We wrongly believe that our limited little egos constitute our whole entire nature. We have failed to recognise our deeper divine character. We don’t realise that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme Self who is eternally at peace. That supreme Self is our true identity, universal and divine. Before you realise this truth, say the Yogis, you will always be in despair…” pg. 129
I really like the idea of having a supreme Self that is eternally at peace. I actually think that this might be true, that somewhere deep inside me there is a person that might be at peace, and I like the idea that there might be a way of bringing that person closer to the surface.

Destiny and Choice

“Destiny I feel, is also a relationship – a play between divine grace and wilful self effort. Half of it you have no control over; half of it is absolutely in your hands, and your actions will show measurable consequences. Man is neither entirely a puppet of the gods, nor is her entirely the captain of his own destiny; he’s a little bit of both… There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under my jurisdiction… I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life – whether I will see them as curses or opportunities (and on the occasions when I can’t rise to the most optimistic viewpoint, because I’m feeling too damn sorry for myself, I can choose to keep trying to change my outlook). I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” Pg. 187
She also goes on to say that this concept is a radically new idea for me, and I think that I can say that it is a new idea for me too. I think that sometimes I do have a tendency to fall into negative thoughts. I can brood and worry and think bad things about myself when I know that I shouldn’t. I loved reading this because it was a really acute reminder for me that I can choose not to be like that; by trying hard I can change my own thoughts and patterns. Things might happen to me (whether by fate or by my own actions), but how I deal with these is in my own control.

Barriers to belief

“What I’m seeing in some of my friends, though, as they are ageing, is a longing to have something to believe in. But this longing chafes against any number of obstacles, including their intellect and common sense.” Pg. 217
I really liked reading this because I think that it reflects my feelings to a certain extent. I am not religious, or even spiritual in any way. Sometimes, though, I almost wish that I was. It would be nice to believe in something. My problem though is what is expressed above, my mind just creates this barrier – how can you ever know if there is a god? You can’t. You just have to believe. But it’s not as simple as that, for me anyway. But then… read below.

Something to believe in – karma

“The other objective of religion, of course, is to try and make sense of our chaotic works and explain all the inexplicabilities we see playing out here on earth every day: the innocent suffer, the wicked are regarded – what are we to make of all this?... Over in the East, though, the Upanishads made sense of the world’s chaos. They’re not even so sure that world is chaotic, but suggest that it may only appear so to us because of our limited vision. These texts do not promise justice or revenge for anybody, though they do say that there are consequences for every action – so choose your behaviour accordingly.” Pg. 216 – 217
This is perhaps something that I could believe in, that there are consequences for all of our actions and so we should choose our behaviour accordingly. I think that is almost a reference to karma. Believing the above would be a nice way to live, and a good way of reminding ourselves to think positively and be nice to others.

Happiness

“She thinks that people universally tend to think that happiness if a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it… This is a practice I’ve come to call Diligent Joy. As I focus in Diligent Joy, I also keep remembering a simple idea my friend Darcey told me once – that all the sorrow and trouble of this world is caused by unhappy people.. The search for contentment is, therefore, not merely a self-preserving and self-benefiting act, but also a generous gift to the world.” Pg. 273
When you stop and think about it – truly happy moments do seem like strokes of luck often, and this way of thinking about being happy, and the consequences of happiness, are really interesting ideas to me.

I found myself motivated so much by some of the ideas in the book that (being the true I am) I have signed up for a meditation course, which starts tonight. That’s right, this book motivated me to try out meditation. I think that indicates that despite some of the problems I had with it (it was a bit slow at times, a little bit preachy and the manner in which it was written was a little annoying at times), I really enjoyed this book and definitely got something out of it.


Summary


What kind of read is this?
It's not a challening read, but it can seem a bit dense at times in terms of the facts and theories that are discussed in the book.


Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do. I recognise that it might not be everyone's cup of tea, but even if its just for the thinking that it invokes, I would recommend it to everyone.


Do you recommend that I buy it?
This will seem a bit weird, but for me, I am glad that I own it, even if I will probably not re-read it for a very long time. Having said that, I think for most borrowing it would be sufficient.

Star Rating

Really enjoyable and well written. I would recommend it.

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Thoughtful Thursday: Dust jackets

Thoughtful Thursday is an opportunity to discuss things book and blog related. It might be an issue that has been mentioned in the media, or something about people's reading or blogging habits.

Dust jackets

This week will be a very short Thoughtful Thursday, but it is something I realised about myself recently and I was wondering what everyone else thought about it.

Dust jackets - I find dust jackets really annoying. Is that strange. I have quite a few hardcovers, and on almost all of them I have removed dust jackets. The other day I cleaned under my bed and I found all these dust jackets under there that had come off the books and never gone back on. I am looking at my book case right now, and not a single one of my Harry Potter series has its dust jacket still on.

I just don't understand their purpose. I mean I do, to take dust off the books. But really, why? Aren't paperbacks just as likely to accumulate dust and they don't have the annoying things.

I think the problem I have with them is that they just seem to get in the way. They are loose. They flap around. They look scoungy if you carry the book around with you (which I do all the time). I just don't like them.

So now it's out to you - how do you feel about dust jackets?

Thanks to Cori from "Lets Eat Grandpa" (please check out my Lights, Camera Blog Action post for more information about this great blog), who bought to my attention an interesting article written about this issue. The article in from The Guardian and can be found at this link : "No Dustjackets Required".



80+ Followers Competition


Well, the 70+ Followers Competition is over and now it time for the 80+ Followers Competition.

The competition is the same as it has been in the past - when my followers reaches the number pictured above, I will use random.org to select 2 of my followers as winners.

The lucky winners will have their own Winners Page on Page Turners, where they have the chance to talk about their love of books and book blogging, and I will talk about why I love their blog.

So, right now, we have having the 80+ Followers Competition - when my following reaches 80 people 2 of you will be the lucky winners. Good luck!

Winners Page: Dana from Rantings of a Bookworm Couch Potato


This is the Winners Page for Dana from Rantings of a Bookworm Couch Potato. Dana was one of the lucky winners from to 60+ Followers Competition.


Why I love her blog

Dana has really good taste in books. I often find myself reading her blog and thinking to myself either "I've read that too!" or "I would really like to read that!" I think that we have very similar taste in books so it is great to read her reviews. Dana's reviews are clear and succinct, and I love the way in which she uses quotes from the books in her reviews.


Questions and answers


1. Tell us something about yourself
In addition to being a book lover and blogger, I'm also a TV fanatic! My favorite TV obsessions lately include Bones, The Office, NCIS, the CW's new show Life Unexpected, and of course the final season of Lost, among many others!


2. What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?
Ack, I always have trouble remembering books from my childhood until I come across a book and remember, Oh yeah, I loved that! The two books that immediately came to mind were The Return and Escape from Egypt, both by Sonia Levitin. These books captured my imagination and I remember rereading them many, many times.


3. Why do you love to read?
I love to read because I love it when I come across stories that capture my imagination, that inspire me, and the occasional story that changes me. I read to explore new places and ideas and to expose myself to things I might otherwise not be aware of.


4. How do you choose your books?
My book selection is kind of haphazard... it varies based on what kind of mood I'm in, what reviews stick out most in my mind, and what order my library requests arrive in. I'll read whatever I find interesting, and have been trying to branch out into genres that I'm not as knowledgeable in.


5. If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books
Authors: Jane Austen (Sigh...who doesn't love Jane Austen?), Sophie Kinsella (my go-to author for comfort reads), Daphne DuMaurier (a recent find).
Books: The Red Tent by Anita Diamont, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.


6. When and why did you start your blog?
I started blogging two months ago... before that I was lurking around tons of blogs for ages, and one day I finally decided that I wanted stop standing on the sidelines and join in the conversation, so voila!


7. What do you love about book blogging?
I love finding great books to read on other people's blogs (my wishlist is so bloated right now!), and being a part of the awesome community of book bloggers.


8. What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?
My biggest tip is probably to read and comment widely on others' blogs! I know that I appreciate every comment at my blog, so I try to comment as much as possible whenever I discover a new blog I like.


Congratulations Dana on winning the 60+ Followers Competition. I hope everyone takes some time to check out her blog.

Wonderfully Short Wednesdays: The Blockade by Sushma Joshi


The purpose of Wonderfully Short Wednesdays is to review short stories, it is as simple as that. Short stories are a very special medium of story telling that I feel I don't read enough of and I hope that this encourages me and others to read more of them.

The Blockade by Sushma Joshi

I chose this short story this week because I really liked the picture used to advertised it. I can't help but look at that man meditating with a view like that and wish that I was him.

Unfortunately though, the story didn't really do it for me. It based around the blockade of the Nepalese capital by Maoist rebels. Hasta's family and village are starving, so he attempts to find a way of keeping them alive through the blockade. He attempts to find the secret of a man who claims not to have eaten for months, and he also has a request to make of the political leaders. He accomplishes neither of these missions, and returns to his village almost empty handed, to find that his family has passed away and his wife absconded with another man in the hopes of improving her situation.

Ultimately, it's a very depressing story, but to be honest I just found it a bit boring. Not much really seemed to happen. I know objectively that this is probably some of the point - this man was trying to hard to save his family, but there was nothing he could do. Perhaps the story seemed to move slowly because it would have moved slowly for him given the barriers he continued to meet along the way.

In any event, although I accept that this story has a valid political message, I just couldn't enjoy it.

Join in with Wonderfully Short Wednesday by leaving a comment or leaving a link back to a review of a short story on your own blog if you prefer.

Teaser Tuesday: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert



Tuesday Teaser is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.

Here are the guidelines:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

In between my last Teaser Tuesday and this weeks Teaser Tuesday, I finished off Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This morning I started The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter. So I am going to cheat a little and do a teaser from the last book I read.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert pg. 121

"My life had gone to bits and I was so unrecognisable to myself that I probably couldn't have picked myself out of a police lineup. But I felt a glimmer of happiness when I started studying Italian, and when you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face first into the dirt - that is not selfishness, but obligation."

This was a great book and I can't wait to review it.

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday, what are you reading? is now hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey Through a World of Books. It is a chance for us to share with other book bloggers what we have just finished reading, what we are currently reading and what we are reading next.

Just finished

The Secret River by Kate Grenville: I did enjoy this book, although perhaps it was built up a bit much for me because I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to.

Currently Reading

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I was given this for Christmas and I am really enjoying it. I will probably finish it some time today or tomorrow. It's different to what I expected, but in a good way

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: Still going with this ebook.

Up Next

Next I will be reading The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter for the book club that I will be participating in at the end of March. I will make sure that I post about my first book club experience.

Winner's Page: Fanstasylover12001


Fantasylover12001 was one of the winners of the 60+ Followers Competition. She has two blogs, A Fangirls View and The Twilight Saga - Chapter by Chapter, Book by Book.

Why I love her blog

I really enjoy A Fangirls View because she reviews books that I definitely would not normally read. It would be very unusual for me to ever pick up any books like to one's that she enjoys. Why does this mean that I enjoy her blog? I enjoy it because I love reading about books that I would not normally read. Its a good way of reminding yourself that there is a massive variety out there, and it's a way of reading about other genre's and new books. I also like the way her reviews are set out. It is very structured which as a solicitor is something that I really appreciate. I really like reading about the different challenges that they count toward, which is something that she includes at the end of her posts.

I have to admit though, that my favourite of Fantasylover12001's blogs is the Twilight blog! This blog is so absolutely hilarious I think that I am in love. I have looked at it at work a couple of times, and each time I find myself laughing out loud and having to close it down. I think that even if you are totally in love with the Twilight series (although I enjoy the, I couldn't honestly say that I'm in love), she has some totally valid points about the books, and they are put forward in the funniest way possible. Please, everyone, check this out!

Questions and answers

1. Tell us something about yourself:
Well, I'm a book lover (obviously) who is in retail. I got into books way back in elementary school due to my grandmother, a retired english teacher who refused to have a granddaughter who didn't appreciate reading. My mother joined her in her crusade and the rest is history.
2. What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?:
As a child my favorite book was The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Back when I was a kid, it was because I managed to read it during that horse crazy stage that girls tend to go through at least once. Now I appreciate it because of the characters and storytelling. Smederick is still one of my favorite wizards.
3. Why do you love to read?:
For the same reason a lot of people probably like to read: to escape for awhile into different worlds and read about interesting people and things going on. Plus, depending on the book, you can learn a lot of interesting things.
4. How do you choose your books?:
A lot of times it's by word of mouth which can be a good or bad thing depending on the book. Other times, it's a review, or a classic that I've been meaning to read for awhile, or just something that looks interesting to me. I also confess to being a cover whore (it's an artist thing) and have occasionally bought a book based on the pretty covers.
5. If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?:
I can only choose 3? Okay...well for authors my ultimates would probably be Tamora Pierce (her books are mostly responsible for me getting into fantasy and I still enjoy her books to this day), Meg Cabot (her books never fail to cheer me up and are my go to for chick lit), and Neil Gaiman (I've only recently discovered him and he's my new favorite now). As for my three favorite books...To Kill a Mockingbird, The Last Unicorn, and Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone (and the rest of the series but you asked for three books...).
6. When and why did you start your blog?:
I've actually pretty much just started my blog for books about a month ago. I started it because I wanted a way to keep track of the books I was reading and what I thought about the books.
7. What do you love about book blogging?:
Well for me, just putting my thoughts about books down. I like reading book blogs because I tend to find a lot of new books that I didn't know about so it helps in finding new stuff to read.
8. What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?:
Well, I don't think I've been around long enough to offer tips since I'm still learning this stuff myself, but one tip I do offer is to just be honest in your reviews.

Congratulations on winning the 60+ Followers Competition.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren. The meme is a chance to share with anyone any new acquisitions.

I have only one new book this week, and it is one that I purchased only this morning. It is The Legacy by Kirsten Tranter.

I have seen it reviewed on other blogs and it sounded really amazing. It's Australian too, which was a bonus. Then I discovered that a local bookshop is having a book club in March which will be looking at this book, and the author will be coming. I have never been to a book club so I am very much looking forward to it.

That's a Wrap - February 2010


That's A wrap - February

Well, its been another big month on Page Turners. This month's posts alone climbed higher than all of last years together, and I reached over 1,000 visits. Thanks to everyone who has helped me achieve these milestones.

Reviews

I reviewed 5 books this month:

There are still 3 books that I have yet to review; The Secret River by Kate Grenville, The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edward and Capricornia by Xavier Herbert. I do have a draft of The Memory Keepers Daughters review written, I just need to get around to typing it.

To be honest, it took me so long to read Capricornia, I am not sure that I actually want to review it. This is a first for me. Does anyone have a view on this?

Special Features and Memes

On Great Authors I discussed:
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Bryce Courtney
On Wonderfully Short Wednesdays I reviewed:
  • The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton
  • The Wicker Husband by Ursula Willis-Jones
On Thoughtful Thursday I discussed the following topics:
  • Novels in a time of change
  • Secondhand books vs new books
  • To lend or not to lend?
  • How important is the book cover?
On Lights Camera Blog Action I featured the following wonderful blogs:
  • One Inch Tall
  • Paperback Reader
  • Bookworming in the 21st Century
  • Cover to Cover
Finally, I looked at 4 great books this month in A Blast from the Past:
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
  • The Princess Bride by William GOldman
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
I also participated in my usual memes, and you can see the posts here.

Challenges and Competitions

I am still plodding along with all the challenges that I have joined. My only news here is that I joined the Chunkster Challenge, and have read 1 book that counts so far.

My Followers Competition is going strong. Lots of people have won Winners Page's and there will be more to come.

That has been my month. On a personal note, I have had trouble finding a balance between reading and blogging and blogging and my family life. I think that my wonderful boyfriend is becoming a bit resentful of the amount of time I spend on my computer blogging and the amount of time I spend talking about my blog. I will continue with all my special features, reviews and meme participation, but if anyone notices me commenting less over the next month, I will be trying not to spend too much time on the computer for the next 4 weeks as something of an experiment.

I also started in a new position at my workplace which I am enjoying so far, and fortunately I have had my contract extended to December 2010, which means I will have a job guaranteed until then, very exciting news.

I hope that the rest of you have had great February's as well. If anyone else has done a February 2010 wrap up post, please place a link to it in the Mr Linky below so that I and everyone else can have a look and see what's been going on at your blog this month.

A Blast From the Past: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle


A Blast From the Past is a weekly meme where I intend to review book that I read in the past that has had some form of impact upon me, whether it be good or bad.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

I decided to write about A Wrinkle in Time basically because I remember reading it as a child in primary school and really liking it. I have always had a weakness for science-fiction sort of books, and never read them as much as I want to (ie. hardly any).

I think the best way to describe the plot of the book is to provide you with the back cover of the edition that I own:
"Charles goes searching for his lost father through 'a wrinkle in time' with his sister Meg and friend Calvin. They find themselves on an evil planet, where all life is rules by a huge pulsating brain known as IT."

It is actually a lot more complicated than that description. More particularly, there are 3 wonderful old ladies, Mrs Which, Mrs Whatsit and Mrs Who ,who are worth mentioning. We learn that they used to be stars and their role in the story is to help the children in their journey through the wrinkle in time to rescue their father. The books has some very intriguing ideas about time and our human desire to conform.

This
book was well and truly one of those science fiction books I loved as a child. It's definitely a children's book but having re-read it many times as an adult (although admittedly not recently) I think that you appreciate in a different way as an adult. As a child though, I just wished that I was like Charles. I don't know of that seems weird, given he was the social outcast, but that's how it is.

If you would like to participate in A Blast from the Past, join in by leaving a comment or leaving a link to your own Blast From the Past in the Mr Linky below.