25 things about me

I found this little survey on someones blog (can't remember who, sorry!), but apparently it was started by Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf, someone who was very helpful to me when I fist started blogging and I will always think of fondly :-)

It's just a fun little Q & A to share things about ourselves. Join in and leave your link in the comments field!

25 Things About Me

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? I am not fussed, if I have left them open in the morning, then I'll sleep with them open. If I remember to close them in the morning, then I'll sleep with them closed.

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels? I used to when I was a bit younger, but not anymore. I am very fussy about what shampoo I use.

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? In, I like to be all cozy. I am a very restless sleeper too, so I start with them tucked in and by the end of the night they are all over the place. If I started with them not tucked in who knows where they would end up!

4. Would you rather be attacked by a bear or a swarm of bees? Bees. Definitely. But it reminds me of My Girl, which always makes me cry.

5. Do you have freckles? Yes. Lots of them, everywhere!

6. What is your biggest pet peeve? People chewing gum. Yuk. It's one piece of food that just round and round in your mouth, picking up all the germs and bacteria. People look awful when they are chewing it, and they sound awful. I think it's a disgusting habit (sorry to everyone out there who chews gum).

7. Have you ever peed in the woods? Yep, many times! Camping - where else would you pee?!

8. Do you ever danced if there’s no music playing? Of course, although I am usually imagining the music in my head.

9. Do you chew your pens and pencils? I am a chronic pen chewer. I will chew them so that the pen disappears to half way down. I crack the casing between my teeth. All my pens and pencils are chewed to within an inch of their life. I go through so many pens because I chew the end so badly that the nib disappears up into the casing because the end is no longer stable enough to keep the inner pen in place.

10. Is it okay for guys to wear pink? Yeah, anyone can wear what they like.

11. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? At home, tomato sauce all the way. I'm a true Aussie, we have tomato sauce with everything.

12. What is your favorite food? There's just too many to have a favourite. I love home made burritos, I love my mum's corned beef with white sauce and baked vegetables. I love caramello koalas too.

13. What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Harry Potter movies, LOTR, the Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice.

14. Were you ever a boy/girl scout? I was a brownie when I was young, but I never went to Guides.

15. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? No. Mainly because everyone would be horrified to see me naked. I don't want to scare anyone.

16. Can you change the oil on a car? Nope. I'm useless with things like that.

17. Ever gotten a speeding ticket? Nope, but not for lack of speeding.

18. Ever ran out of gas? No, but nearly.

19. Are you lazy? Yes, but I try not to be.

20. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? We don't really celebrate Halloween in Australia. It's an American holiday. As Australia tries to copy America more and more (a whole other issue), it has become a bit bigger. I went to my first Halloween party last year for example. But when I was a child Halloween wasn't celebrated here. I was raised in a very traditionally Australian white middle class family, so anyone that celebrated Halloween was looked down upon. My mother is still very staunchly anti-Halloween because of the attitude that many share that there is no need to for Australian's to celebrate Halloween just because Americans do. I'm not that fussed either way but I get where she's coming from.

21. How many languages can you speak?  Just English. My family-in-law are native Spanish speakers, but I don't know how to say anything much more than hello, good bye, how are you, I'm good and can I please have a cup of tea.

22. Who is better…Leno or Letterman? Again, they aren't normal tv viewing here. Letterman used to be on really late at night, but I've never seen Leno and only seem Letterman a couple of times.

23. Do you sing in the car? All the time.

24. Ever eat a pierogi? I have no idea what that it, but I will Google it. 

25. First concert? Alannis Morriset, with parental supervision, at the Hordern Pavilion when I was in about Year 7 or 8. My first unsupervised concert would have been the Free Tibet Concert at the old showgrounds, when I was in about year 9.

And that's it, that's me!! I hope I get to read about the rest of you :-)

Book Blogger Hop and Weekly Wrap-Up


ABOUT PAGE TURNERS

A somewhat more quiet week here at Page Turners. I have been very busy at work after coming back from having been off sick, and I have had something to do almost every night which has kept me off the home computer.

I did finally post my formal thank you to Rachelle from Bibliobabe for designing my wonderful header and blog button.

I had my normal features: Lights Camera Blog Action (I featured Allison from I Heart Books this week) and Book Beginnings on Friday (which went up this morning, so feel free to join in).

Other than that, I got 2 reviews done: The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson and The Man with Two Left Feet by PG Wodehouse. My outstanding reviews are still growing, and still includes The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know that I need to bite the bullet and actually do it. I also need to review Lilian's Story by Kate Grenville and A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (which I finished this morning).

And that's it. No general discussion this week, just been too busy. I am sure you all know the feeling. Can't wait to get on the blogger hop and find some new blogs.

ABOUT THE HOP

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Crazy for Books. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all book bloggers and readers a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!

So, I created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know! Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added! And, most importantly, the idea is to HAVE FUN!!

Book Beginnings on Friday

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. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

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.
  
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Since my last weeks Book Beginnings on Friday post, I have finished one book and started another one this morning. The new book I am reading is very big and chunky, so I will give you the opening sentence for my last read, because I am sure I will still be reading my current read a week from now.
 
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
 
Prologue:
"You might have seen me on TV after the crash".
 Chapter 1:
"There is something about these bloody squadron leaders, that makes them think that if they lock you up in a cell, put their stinking mouth to your ear and shout something about your mother they can find all the answers".
I finished this book this morning on the train and it was amazing. The writing was so well done, the story was so clever and funny. The opening sentence of the prologue doesn't do the book justice, but the opening sentence of Chapter gives a very good indication of the way in which this book is written. It is a political satire about the downfall of General Zia al-Ha, the military dictator of Pakistan. I honestly and wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone that likes a clever, thoughtful and hilarious read.
 
Anyway, over to you. Post a link to your Book Beginnings on Friday post in the Mr Linky below.


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!


Today I am featuring Allison from I Heart Books. This is another new blog that I have come across recently it worth checking out. It's got a very peaceful background and header (I am always on the lookout for good blog design) and the reviews are very appealing.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am a Mom to 5 kids who are aged 9 years down to 10 months.

What was your favorite book as a child or young adult, and why?

I loved the Baby Sitter’s Club series. I babysat a lot but it was never as great as in the books! LOL

Why do you love to read?

I am not very social (OK some may even say I am anti-social) and instead of being with people I can hang out alone with a great book.

How do you choose your books?

Mostly by the covers. If the cover is intriguing then I will pick it up and read the blurb. Then if it still sounds good, I buy it!

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

My 3 favorite authors are Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, and Karin Slaughter. My 3 favorite books are My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult, The Language of Secrets by Diane Dixon, and From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started my book blog in Mar 2010. I decided that my main blog was too cluttered and a separate book blog would help.

How did you choose your blog's name?

I just love books so I Heart Books! was perfect and available.

What do you love about book blogging?

Free Books!! I love getting books from publishers and PR because most of these books are ones I wouldn’t normally buy but they are really good books. Book blogging has helped my really branch out into different genres of books that I am willing to read.

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

Post something every day. It’s really hard to miss a few days and then try to get back to blogging.

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I used to love the Baby Sitters Club as well. I always thought that Claudia was the coolest. There is one that stands out in my memory, where Stacy (the names are a bit figgy now) was babysitting identical twins and the twins would take off their name bracelets and confuse her about which one they were. And I also know what you mean about not being very social. I sometimes wish that I were more social when I see my friends making new friends so easily, but I just don't seem to be able to do the same thing.

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Thanks for participating Allison, I hope everyone takes the time to have a look at I Heart Books.

If anyone else is interested in participating in Light's Camera. Blog Action, just send me an email to pageturnersbooks@gmail.com

A big thank you to a wonderful blogger




I have finally decided on the colour scheme for Page Turners and I love the new design, so the time has come for me to offer formal thanks for the person responsible for the beautiful Page Turners header and blog button:

Rachelle from Bibliobabe - thank you!

When Rachelle saw a previous post of mine where I was saying that I was unsatisfied with my header (or lack thereof at the time), she offered to design one for me.

I got in touch and told her what I was after, and the header and blog button are the result. I love the design! It is simple but professional and classy but fun. It is very 'me' (not that I am saying that I am any of the aforementioned things).

The lovely new header prompted me to change the background and layout of Page Turners, and I am also happy with the results. It is now a lot simpler and less cluttered and I like the green and gold colour scheme, very Australian.

In short, I would like to publicly thank Rachelle from Bibliobabe for the wonderful help she provided me with. Page Turners wouldn't look as good as it does without her input.

Rachelle is the author Read, Remember, Recommend

You might also be interested to know that Rachelle is the author of two book journals: Read, Remember Recommend and Read Remember Recommend for Teens. If you click on the links you can visit the Bibliobabe website to find out more about the journals. I have also placed a link to the adult journal at Amazon for you to check out if you are interested. I for one am very interested, and will be making sure that I keep my eye out for a copy, it looks great.

Thanks again Rachelle, please make time to check out her blog.

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

After finishing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I couldn't wait to read The Girl who Played with Fire. This book was just as exciting and compelling as its predecessor.

The plot was complex, if not quite as 'meaty' as The Dragon Tattoo. We open with Lisbeth Salander travelling around the world with her newly acquired riches, whilst important events that will affect the course of her life unfold back in Sweden. She returns to Sweden and her new multi-million dollar apartment, to find that her guardian Bjurman is plotting his revenge against her. She finds herself the suspect of a triple murder, hiding from the police and hiding from a host of other evil characters that are after her. To complicate matters, the couple that she is accused of murdering have been working with Mikael Blomkvist at Millenium on an expose in relation to the sex trade. Blomkvist believes in Salander's innocence and sets out to help her discover the truth.

Although I want to review this book without comparing it to The Dragon Tattoo, it is very difficult to do so please bare with me.

The plot didn't quite have the zsa zsa zu that its predecessor did. I thought particularly that the link between the sex trade expose and Bjurman was particularly a weak one and took me some time to really understand. Having said that, the storyline still had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. That's the thing I love about these books, the pace.

Similarly to the previous book, it was still Salander that made the book for me. She is one of the most interesting characters that I have come across lately and I loved learning more about her in this book. What we learn in this book goes a long to explaining how it is that she came to be her unusual self, and I understood a bit more how it is that she came to have that 'victim' aura about her despite her apparent strength of character.

Just as the things about the Dragon Tattoo I loved are the same things that I loved about Who Played with Fire, the things I disliked are the same again. In this book, though, my complaints are a little exemplified. There is just so much setting up of the plot that it feels like the book doesn't really get started until half way through. Also, what this book does that the first didn't do quite as badly, is give us lots and lots of useless little details that the reader just doesn't need to be bothered with. Here is a sample of what I mean, and I apologise about the length, Ill try and shorten it a bit:

"At 5.00 in the morning she stopped at the 24-hour 7-Eleven at the top of Hantverkargatan up by Fridhemsplan. She bought an armful of Billy's Pan Pizzas, some milk, bread, cheese and other staples. She bought a morning paper with a headline that fascinated her... She took the number 4 bus back to Sodermalm, where she got off at Rosenlundsgatan and walked home to Mosebacke. She made coffee and had a sandwich before she went to bed
I mean, come on! Do I really need to know all that? No. I don't. And this book is full of it. I get that in real life people go shopping and buy food, but unless it has something to do with the plot, I don't need to know about. It almost feels a bit as if Larsson is just trying to show off how well he knows central Sweden or something. Anyway, this was my biggest complaint about this book.

Again, I find myself writing a review that feels more like a complaint than I mean it to be. I still loved this book, it was so exciting and tense that I couldn't put it down.

Despite it's size I read it in two sittings. I can't wait to get to the third book.


Summary

What kind of read is this?
It is a very dark read, but it is gripping. Don't be put off by it's size either, it is an easy read.

Do I recommend this book?
Without reservation.

Do I recommend that you buy this book?
Absolutely. This is one that I think will stand up to re-reading.

Star Rating

7 / 8

Brilliant, couldn't put it down. Recommend that you buy it.



Book Details: Paperback, 569 pages, published by MacLehose Press, published in 2009, translated from Swedish to English by Reg Keeland.

Teaser Tuesday: A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

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!

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

"Look at the parade square during the morning drill and see who commands it. Who rules?There are more than one thousand of us, picked from a population of one hundred and thirty million, put through psychological and physical tests so strenuous that only one in a hundred applicants make it, and when this cream of our nation, as we are constantly reminded we are, arrived here, who leads them?"
This comment is made by the main character and narrator of this book, which is about the fall of General Zia of Pakistan. A very funny and satirical book that I am very much enjoying so far.

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday, what are you reading? is now hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. 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 Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
This was just as exciting as the first, and I will have a review soon.

Lilian's Story by Kate Grenville
I finished this book yesterday while I was sitting in the doctor's waiting room and sunk into a reverie thinking about it to the point where I almost missed my name being called out. This was a really interesting book and I can't wait to review it.

The Man with Two Left Feet by PG Wodehouse
I was reading this collection of short stories in ebook form and finished them yesterday as well. Here is a link to the review.

Currently Reading

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
I have wanted to read this ever since I saw the author do a reading from it at the Sydney Writers Festival last year, so it is fitting that I finally started reading it the week before this years Sydney Writers Festival.

Up Next

I only started reading my current read this morning, so it's a bit too soon to tell at this stage.

The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories by PG Wodehouse

The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories is a collection of short stories, which is a genre I am not particularly familiar with. I was motivated to read it by a review of the title short story that I read on The Reading Life and I wasn't disappointed.

Each story was so captivating. I was very surprised at how detailed each little world that Wodehouse created was. Whether the stories were written in the first person or third person or whether the narrator/main character was male or female, each character had such a distinct and individual voice that you almost wouldn't have known that they were written by the same author.

Wodehouse has such a wonderful, dry, sense of humour. I think that my favourite short story was about a young newly married couple in New York on their honeymoon. It had such a twist at the end, that I couldn't help but smile. There was something funny and lovable contained in each story; like the dog who destroyed his owner's criminal career, and the grandfather who believed that he was the King of England.

Despite short stories not being one of my favourite genres, these stories were truly delightful.

Summary


What kind of read is this?
A very sweet collection of stories, that takes longer to get through than you might think.

Do I recommend it?
Yes, I enjoyed having a nice break from long stories. It was especially suitable to reading on ebook.

Do I recommend that you buy it?
As cute and lovable as I think the stories were, it isn't one that I think you would need to keep on your shelf.

Star Rating

5 / 8

Good and worth reading if you have the opportunity, but there is no need to prioritise it.


Book Details: A Project Gutenberg ebook read on the Stanza application on my iphone.