Book Beginnings on Friday (is back!)


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 (thanks to Rose City Reader for inspiring this meme).

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde


This is the second book in the Thursday Next series, which I am really loving. I have to thank my legal support officer for bringing this one to my attention. It has been hours of fun. But lets face it, what else could you expect from a book about a literary detective called Thursday Next with the power to jump in and out of books in an alternate universe in 1985 where people can time travel and dodo's and mammoths roam the earth! In honour of this hilarious book I am going to share the opening paragraph:
"I didn't ask to be a celebrity. I never wanted to appear on the Adrian Lush Show. And let's get one thing straight right now - the world would have to be hurtling toward imminent destruction before I'd agree to do anything as dopey as The Thursday Next Workout Video."
What is there to say about that except to say that that opening paragraph says it all about wonderful this book/series is.

What about you? Leave 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!

If anyone would like to participate email me at pageturnersbooks(at)gmail.com

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Today I am featuring Scoot from See Scoot Read. This is a relatively new blog but it is wonderful - I particularly love the header.

Tell us something about yourself

Hello! My name is Scoot. I am 27 years old, happily married and a self diagnosed book-a-holic. I love to read and I am "expanding my horizons" into book reviewing! I am basically turning something I already enjoy into an even bigger hobby. I love to read all sorts of books - but generally stick to fiction. It has been a lot of fun creating my blog and getting to meet lots of other book-addicts who get as excited about reading as I do!

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

My favorite book as a child was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I loved that book and would read it over and over! I loved the time period, the way they dressed, the struggles the girls went through, and I just loved Jo. I think I wanted to be her when I grew up.

Why do you love to read?

I have always LOVED to read. I was homeschooled for part of my life and we would go weekly to the library bringing home stacks and stacks of books to read. I just find new stories very intriguing. I love getting wrapped up in a new world created in a good novel. I enjoy getting to live vicariously through the adventurous and fantastical lives of fictional characters. Sometimes they can take you on an emotional roller-coaster, but it is so worth it!

How do you choose your books?

I choose them in a variety of ways. I LOVE libraries and on a frugal budget that is mainly how I am able to read new books. I browse the shelves and grab whatever looks appealing to me! I will also choose books based on reviews I have seen on book blogs or sites like Goodreads. I also choose books based on authors; if I enjoyed one of their books I am very likely to enjoy another one they have written.

What are you currently reading and what's been the best book you have read in the last 6 months?

I am always reading a couple of different books at once and I currently have a huge back up pile! I commute an hour to work every day, so I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks. In my spare time I prefer to actually READ instead of listen. Right now I am listening to Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen and I am reading The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima.

It is so hard to choose a favorite book from the last six months! I loved a lot of them in different ways. Right now the one that stands out the most is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I cried buckets during that book. It was fabulous.

When and why did you start your blog?

I just started my blog in July of 2010! I decided to start my book blog just for fun! I was already reading tons and attempting to win book contests, so I figured I might as well go for the gusto and start reviewing too! In addition, I just enjoy messing around with the blog itself - creating widgets, changing backgrounds and posting random stuff! It has been an adventure!

How did you choose your blog's name?

My family started calling me Scoot when I skipped the crawling stage as a baby and instead ‘scooted’ around all over the place. Obviously the nickname stuck. 26 years later and I am still Scoot. After e-mailing a bunch of blog name ideas back and forth with my husband he came up with See Scoot Read; which I loved! And the rest is history...

What do you love about book blogging?

I have not been book blogging long, but really I enjoy being able to meet other book lovers and being able to have direct contact with authors and publishers. It has been fun getting ‘tweet’ responses back from authors. It always makes me feel special! I also enjoy being able to have a place to share my view on books I have read. Friends were always asking for my opinion and now I can just direct them to the site.

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

My tip is just to have fun! Find books that you like, read them, and then post what you think about them! Don’t be pressured to read things you don’t enjoy. Just stick to what makes you happy. Reading should not be a chore, it should be a pleasure!

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I wish that I had your discipline and could only borrow from libraries as well. I am meant to be on a small budget but I am notoriously bad for going over it week after week, mainly because of the volume of book purchases. Like you, I get most of my reading done on the commute to and from work as well. I travel by train and it is about 45mins each way so I can get a fair bit of reading done in that time.

Thank you so much for participating in Lights, Camera, Blog Action Scoot and I wish you all the best with your blog.

Are you a frequent visitor of Scoot's blog or is this the first time that you have come across it? Why not leave a message for Scoot and then head over to See Scoot Read for a look.

Sparkling Cyanide, an Agatha Christie mystery

Sparkling Cyanide is a typical Agatha Christie mystery; full of murder, intrigue and drama.

This mystery revolves around the apparent suicide of Rosemary Barton at her own birthday party, in full view 6 other people. One year later, her husband decides the investigate the circumstances surrounding her death when he receives an anonymous letter suggesting that there might be more to Rosemary's death than meets the eye.

Christie establishes that each person at the table that evening had a motive to wish Rosemary Barton dead. She established this by writing a chapter from each characters perspective; outlining their own hatred of Rosemary and how far they are willing to go against her.

What I enjoyed about Sparkling Cyanide was that there was no professional sleuth involved; no Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. Instead, one of the characters himself sets out to investigate the murder and with the assistance of others (including Colonel Race) is able to solve the mystery.

Since reading it, I have learnt that it was originally published under the name Remembered Death, and the image to the left is the image of the original dust jacket.

The novel is everything that you have come to expect from an Agatha Christie mystery. It has suspense, it has intrigue and it has lust and love affairs. Most significantly, this book as a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. It keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

Summary

What kind of read is this?
Quick, easy and exciting

Do I recommend this book?
Absolutely. Definitely. Agatha Christie is great for all readers of all types of fiction.

Do I recommend that you buy this book?
Again, yes. I love having her books on my shelf to return to again and again. If you are anything like me, you will forget the outcome between readings and be surprised all over again each time you read the book.


Star Rating

7 / 8


Brilliant. Couldn't put it down. Recommend that you buy it.


I would love to hear what you think of the book if you have read it. What do you think of the original title Remembered Death? Do you prefer the original or the new title?

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

I gave up on A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. It is just too long to read in the manner that I was, that is, on short train trips twice a day. It was just taking too long to complete and it was putting me in a reading slump. I don't often fail to complete a book that I have started but this time there has to be an exception.

I didn't read much after I gave up on A Suitable Boy, I just felt like I needed a break after my mammoth 2 1/2 week effort.

So I have been working my way back into reading and have finished the following books:

Ape House by Sara Gruen - the lovely people at Allen and Unwin provided me with this book to read and review for free and it was a good, simple and easy read which worked well to get me out of my reading slump.

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie - there is nothing like a good Christie mystery to get you excited and this one got me excited. I wasn't able to figure out who the murderer was before the end which made it all the more exciting to read.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - If you are a book lover and you haven't read this book yet, I absolutely insist that you do! It is amazing. It is fun, it is serious, it is literary and it is everything in between. It is based in an alternative universe in 1985, an alternate universe where dodo's are genetically engineered and the Crimean conflict has been going for 192 years. The main character, Thursday Next, is a literary detective with the government, and she finds herself on a mission to track down an evil man who has kidnapped Jane Eyre straight from the book and trapped her Aunt in a Worsdworth poem. I haven't had so much fun reading a book since.... I can't remember when. This is a book for all book lovers.


Currently Reading


Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde - Fortunately for all of us, the above book in the first in a series and this afternoon I am about the start the second book. The back cover reveals that someone may be taking revenge on Thursday Next for her actions in the Eyre Affair and that in order to figure out what's happening and save the world, she first must help Miss Havisham of Great Expectations close some narrative loopholes. How much fun that sounds!