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 is the final Lights Camera Blog Action feature (for now). Thanks to everyone who has been interviewed.

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Today I am featuring Page from As the Page Turns.

Tell us something about yourself

My name is Page and I live in NC with my husband and two cats. I work in a public library in the youth services department. I love reading and meeting new people.

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

I loved the Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder because even in the harshest conditions she always found a positive thing and never let it get her down.

Why do you love to read?

I love to read to learn about new cultures or to explore a world that I’ve never seen. It’s the one way to travel that doesn’t cost a cent.

How do you choose your books?

I’ve never really thought about it, I sometimes choose it by the cover, the description on the book jacket and sometimes just the title.

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

I’m currently reading several ARC’s I’ve received: Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten and The Art of Comforting by Val Walker. The best book I’ve read is Kitchen Chinese by Ann Mah. I reviewed the book on my blog.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started my blog in April 2010 after reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. One of the things she talks about is learning a new skill and I also recommend books to people in my library so it was an extension of something I do every day.

How did you choose your blog's name?

I like puns and wanted a pun like title that uses my name.

What do you love about book blogging?

Meeting great lovers of books and having fun.

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

Since I’m fairly new to blogging the only advice I can give the same as some who’ve been doing it awhile-

Be Yourself and have fun.

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Thanks for that great advice. I hope that everyone keeps it in mind and that they take the time to check out your wonderful blog.
I hope that everyone enjoyed finding out a little bit more about Page. Make sure you check out her wonderful blog if you haven't been there before.

Meet the new host of Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday has a new home!

I have decided to spend less time 'memeing' and more time reviewing, and the result is that the meme I started some time ago needs to find a new home. Thank you to everyone who offered to be the new host; I didn't think that it would be so hard to choose but each person that expressed an interest would have been a great choice.

In the end though, your new host will be Katy from A Few More Pages. Katy has been a keen participant, and is even responsible for designing the meme button on my behalf when I started the meme.

I am sure that Katy will be a fabulous new host. If you haven't seen her blog before, check it out and make sure you check back each Friday to continue with this fun meme.

Thanks to everyone who has been participating in it. The first sentence of a book is really important and I will still be reading peoples posts when I can to see what fabulous books are out there.

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, a children's story

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce is a magical and imaginative story that held me spellbound as an adult as well as when I was a child.

I held very fond memories of reading this book as a young reader, and I was lucky that reading it as an adult bought me just as much joy.

Tom is upset when he is forced to abandon is summer holiday plans of building a tree house in his backyard when his brother comes down with the measles. He is spent to stay with his Aunt and Uncle who live a small dark flat with nowhere for him to play.

Luckily, his own adventure begins when he hears the grandfather clock in the communal hallway strike 13. When he investigates this mystery he finds that he has gone back in time to a time where the block of flats was once large property surrounded by a magnificent garden. He soon discovers that no one but young Hatty can see him, and together they have lots of fun and adventures.

This book is full of emotive and colourful description of the new world that Tom discovers each night when the clock strikes 13. As a child the story really got into my mind and ignited my imagination. I wanted to be Tom and to have a secret garden to play in where no one could see me but my one other playmate. I imagined being able to enter into my own little world just like he did and have adventures like his.

Pearce was able to really capture the essence of childhood in this book; the joy that comes from the simple things like playing a garden. Her writing really captures Tom's feelings and the beautiful garden he comes to love.

Although reading a children's story as an adult is never quite the same, reading Tom's Midnight Garden reminded me how I felt as a child reading this story which is a very special experience.  This is definitely a book that I will encourage my children to read one day.


What kind of read is this?
Being a children's story, it is quick and easy. It is also a very imaginative adventure that even an adult can be drawn into, albeit briefly.

Do I recommend this book?
I do recommend it, although I think that if you hadn't read it as a child already you might not enjoy it as much as I did. I definitely recommend this book to adults with children so that they can share it together.

Do I recommend that you buy this book?
Only if you have children that you are hoping will read it as well.

Star Rating

5.5 / 8

Really enjoyable and well written.

Did you ever read Tom's Midnight Garden as a child? What do you think of re-reading books that you enjoyed as a child? Is it more likely to be a positive experience because you get to take a trip down memory lane, or do you avoid it in case you no longer experience the joy you did as a child?