Thank god it's Friday, bring on the weekend!

This is the first time in quite some time that I have participated in the Book Blogger Hop and I am pleased to be back.

After a 2 month break from blogging forced upon me by poor health, I am now back into the swing of things.

If you have never visited Page Turners before, or you are interested in a quick recap of what happened this week, then this little review is for you.

If you are interested in reading some reviews of great books here is my review of a fun novel called Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint.

If you are after something a little more literary (and my favourite book of all time if I were forced to choose one), here is my review of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

I also recommended a great non-fiction book about the introduction of detectives into the police force and the impact it had on literature entitled The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale.

If you are interested in joining some literary discussion, you could check out my post "Why are the titles of books changed according to where they are published?"

Finally, if you want to find out a little bit more about me and my reading habits, you could read Page Turners is having a baby! (yes, that means me) or What was the last book you…..? where is talk about some of the books I have read recently and whether they made me laugh, cry… or die of boredom.

On the other hand, you could be interested in none of those things and you just want me to answer this weeks question. Ok:

“What are you most looking forward to this fall/autumn season – A particular book release? Halloween? The leaves changing color? Cooler temperatures? A vacation?”

Perhaps I am the only person from the southern hemisphere this week? Autumn is long gone for us here in Australia and instead we just had out first day of spring. What am I most looking forward to this Spring? Easy.

Firstly, the end of morning sickness. Ah, heaven. Bring it on.

Secondly, my holiday to New Caledonia in mid-October. A nice long tropical island holiday with just me and my other half before the arrival of bubba next year. That will be heaven too.

That's enough from me. Looking forward to finding some wonderful new blogs this week.

Has anyone else using intensedebate lost their comments????

My last post has lost its intensedebate comments and reverted back to blogger comments. Ayone else have the same problem or have any clue how to fix it?

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (my all time favourite)

If I had to nominate a single favourite book of all time, I think that I would have to nominate Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

I first fell in love with this book when I read it as an assigned text in high school English, and I have fallen in love with it over and over again with every re-read.

From the opening line "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again", to the closing line "And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea" the lyrical quality of the language gives this book an almost ethereal tone that sends shivers down my spine.

Rebecca is everything you could want in a book. It is dramatic. It is romantic. The writing is emotive. The landscape is beautiful. The characters and the plot are compelling.

The story of Rebecca is told through flashbacks from the perspective of a woman who marries a much older man, Maxim de Winter, owner of the famous country house Manderley. After their world wind roman and travels through Europe they return to Manderley as husband and wife. Once there, however, they find themselves haunted by a past they can't escape.

All the characters in Rebecca are in some way haunted by the first Mrs de Winter, Rebecca, who it is believed passed away in a boating accident shortly before the events in this book.

The entire book revolves around the mysterious Rebecca and each of the characters unique obsessions with her, and it is this that gives the book a disturbing psychological element.

Although none of the characters are particularly likable, all of them are the most real characters I have ever read. I feel as though I know them as well as I know my friends.

I have never read another book where the scenery and characters come alive to the extent that they do in Rebecca. It is a beautiful piece of work and one that I recommend to everyone, especially to those that love lyrical writing and a compelling story.

8 / 8
One of the best books I have ever read. Everyone should read it - it is totally amazing. I am in love.

Have you read Rebecca and did you love it as much as I did? I have a friend who was so annoyed my the main character that she couldn't love the book, but it didn't stop me. What about you?

What was the last book you.....?

I know that this is a little bit late, but this weeks Musing Monday  asked the following question: What was the last book you.....

Just for fun, here are my answers:

borrowed from the library? The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

bought? Shakespeare by Bill Bryson (gotta love Bill Bryson, he has me laughing hysterically every time)

cried over? Flint and Roses by Brenda Jagger (The Barforth Trilogy are some of the best books of all time!)

disliked and couldn’t finish? Tricky. Last book I abandoned was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Not because I didn't like it; more because towards the end it just got too repetitive for me.

read & loved? Flint and Roses by Brenda Jagger (it was the only book of the Barforth Trilogy I didn't read as a teenager and I can't believe I waited so long!)

got for review? (or: got in the mail?) Again, Flint and Roses and The Sleeping Sword, both by Brenda Jagger (books 2 and 3 in the Barforth Trilogy).

gave to someone else? The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, which I leant to a friend who had never read a Christie novel before.

stayed up too late reading? Last night, I stayed up an extra 30mins (that's big for me!) reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I forgot how wonderful that book is.

What about you? I would love to know what your answers are!

Page Turners is having a baby!

Image from Baby Gear

Well, Page Turners isn't having a baby but the author is!

That's right, I am expecting a baby in late February / early March. We are both very excited to be welcoming our own little bubba in to the world and we are looking forward to all the changes that it will bring.

You may have noticed some time ago that I went missing for about 3 months. If you had gone looking for me, you would have found me in the closest bathroom loosing my last meal :-) I have been too sick and my concentration levels too low to read let alone blog about what I have been reading.

Slowly though, I am starting to mend and you can expect to see more frequent posts from me from now on. I have a lot of reviews to catch up on, but some of the books I read so long ago, I would warn you not to expect to much from my reviews for awhile yet.

I am definitely looking forward to being back and visiting you all again soon. I know I have been awhile away but I hope no one has forgotten about me :-)

Why are the titles of books changed according to where they are published?

What's in a name..... seriously?

I just finished writing a review of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman and it really got me wondering.... why are the titles of books changed according to where they are published?

As far as I am aware, Philip Pullman entitled the first book of his His Dark Materials trilogy The Northern Lights. Yet in North America is was published as The Golden Compass.

JK Rowling entitled her book Harry Potter of the Philosophers Stone (the philosopher referring to alchemist Nicholas Flamel). In America, it was published as Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone.

Markus Zusak entitled his book The Messenger (great book by the way). In America, it was published as I am the Messenger.

Why the differing titles? My first thought is that there might be some sort of cultural argument about the title of the book, but I really can't see how this can be the case. There just isn't a sufficient enough cultural different between the UK and the USA, or Australia and USA for this to be the case.

I suppose you could say that titles were chosen by the publishers that they thought the people in that particular country could identify more with.... but really - The Messenger vs I am the Messenger? Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone vs Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Do they really think American's need a little bit of clarification in the title about who exectly the messenger is? Do they really think that American's can't figure out that an alchemist could also be considered a philospher? How is The Northern Lights just not going to work in America, but it can elsewhere in the world?

This isn't just directed at Americans or the American publishing indistry - I am sure there are example of changing titles elsewhere throughout the world. These are just the examples that came to mind first.

I hope that there is a good reason for changing the titles - because I for one tend to think that the integrity of the author's work should be maintained all around the world. If they called their book The Northern Lights, or the Philosopher's Stone or The Messenger, I think that there better be a really good excuse for changing it.

It's very likely that everyone but me knows the answer to this but can you please enlighten me? Why are the titles of books changed according to where they are published?