Top 5 Tuesday Top 5 rereads

Meeghan’s topic for this week was top 5 rereads.

I’m not a regular rereader as there is always too many new books to read. However coincidently I’m rereading two books this month in preparation for book discussions.

1. I’m rereading Rosie Project by Gramme Simsion for a book discussion at the end of June.

2. I’m rereading Rebecca for a book club discussion at the beginning of July.

3. I love the book One Day. I have read it twice and listen to it on audio books. I have now purchased multiple different cover versions of it. Therefore I imagine at some stage I will reread or listen to it again.

4 I recently found in a charity shop a boxed collection of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. Therefore I would like to reread some of them possibly reading some outloud to a child.

5. I recently devoured the Wild Silence which is the follow up book to the Salt Path by Raynor Winn and I think in the future I would like to go back and read the two books back to back.

Pocket books

I have recently learnt about pocket books also called flipback books or in Holland dwarsligger (the term comes from the Dutch words “dwars,” or crossways, and “liggen,” to lie, and also means a person or thing that stands out as different). I learnt about them because I was looking to add to my collection of One Day covers; SPOILER I succeeded and will share my collection on Instragram on 15 July which is the one day featured in the book, Anyway one of the different vesions I found was a v bhnyynnnpnn so I bought that and have subsequently researched flipback / pocket books

These pocket books are a little larger than a cassette tape. Or to be more modern; their length is a bit shorter than my Iphone 6 (See Instagram Wonderwall360 for pictures). Really thin paper is used in the books to condense the books however, still the book I have is 4 times as thick as my Iphone. Therefore a you would need deep wide pockets to fit it in. Would struggle to shove in slim fitting jean pockets.

The text of the pocket books, is horizontally along the long side of the books. You are meant to be able to read them one hand by flipping the page up, similarly to swiping up a smartphone. Perhaps I’m too much of a luddite but I don’t think I could read this book with one hand. I need to hold it in one hand. Then if trying to swipe with other hand whilst holding in one hand I could not really get the pages to smoothly flip. I think I would have to turn them in a more traditional manner. But that would be fiddly too; as pages are so small, reading horizontially and the pages are so thin. Not really tried to read the book properly in this format as I have so many copies of it but think would be irritating as don’t get usual amount of text on the page so would be constantly turning pages.

This article from the New York times has more information about pocket books including the quote from author John Green

“Young people are still learning how they like to read. It is much closer to a cellphone experience than standard books, but it’s much closer to a book than a cellphone. The whole problem with reading on a phone is that my phone also does so many other things.”

My opinion so far of these books is that they are fun to look at for the novelty. They may be good if some reason really wanted a small book to carry around but as I don’t often carry books around then I do not think this format is for me. I guess it would also allow to fit more books in less space so I would be tempted to buy different books just to see covers rather than keeping full size version of the book.

Have you any experience of pocket books? If so what do you think?


From reading this are you tempted to read a pocket book, if so why?

The Wild Silence Review

I have just read Wild Silence the follow up of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. I wrote in this post: that the Salt Oarhis about true life story about a couple who upon bring evicted decide to walk the South West coast path which is 630miles. Raynor’s Winn has been told he has a terminal disease although it can only 100% be confirmed at post mortem. It has made me think what terminal means; looking it up it is a disease that can not be cured which will ultimately lead to death. Sometimes the times the term life limiting is used instead of terminal. Walking 630miles do not seem to fit with those terms although some people with a terminal condition will deteriorate faster. The book is also thought provoking as regards homelessness. I definitely recommend!

I was eager to read the Wild Silence, to find out what happened next to the couple. Like the Salt Path, I devoured Wild Silence within a few days. The book answered a lingering question about how the Salt Path was written. I wondered whether Raynor had wrote notes as they went on but was unsure seen as she mentioned everything they packed and she had not packed a notebook. It turns out she wrote Salt Path quite a long time after the end of the walk from her memory and brief notes that Moth had made in the margins of the guide book. I was moved when in Wild Silence Raynor mentioned she had dreamed growing up of ‘writing a book with a penguin on the spine’ to check the books spine and sure Wild Silence does have a penguin, symbolising it was published by penguin

The Wild Silence describes the process of writing the Salt Path originally written to aid Moth’s memory and subsequently the process of it being published; alongside other life events such as Raynor’s Mum dying. Raynor also reminisces about events before their walk including previous walking adventures with Moth and childhood events.

In summary like the Salt Path, the Wild Silence was another enjoyable read.

The Power Book Review

I’m getting my thoughts in order for a book club discussion later today. I groaned when it was decided it was going to be a sci-fi book. But waited to see which book it was an hoped he would not be too obscure and geeky. Indeed it was well chosen for our girlie group! It was about women developing something called the power that allows them to send bolts of lightening into people. This therefore makes them more powerful than men! It is interesting the mention of parents being told to not let boys out alone at night and the story of three women sending lightening to the base of a man’s spine to make him erect then all having there way with him then leaving him alone, violated; twists to the normal narratives we hear!

The premise of the book is that it has been written as a history book. At the front is a note from the supposed author of the book to a female acquaintance asking her to read his manuscript. The book ends with the letter back from the women with her views then back and forth letter debate about gender.

In conclusion I did not find the book so difficult to read as I feared it may be. There was as mentioned some interesting parts about gender. The book jumped around lots of different characters and found did not really engage with any of them.; perhaps the male journalist being the most memorable amongst, all the female characters. Although there were good bits to read, I felt it got repetitive towards the end and did not really have much momentum. I’am pleased I have read it so that I can enjoy the discussion later. I’m sure the discussion will prompt further from myself and others will have picked up on aspects of the book that I did not.

Top 5 Tuesday Books I have liked the books and the adaption

Meeghan’s topic for this week was books like better then the adaption. I have gone a bit of piste with books like both the book and the adaption.

1. One Day by David Nicholas.

Love this book and the film adaption was good too. I want more of the characters so tried as blog posts to write sequalae.

2. Geurnsey Potato Pie

3. James Herriot books and both original and new versions of the tv series.

4. The Martian 👽 by Andy Wier.

5. The Witches 🧙‍♀️ by Roald Dahl and 1990 film. Not watched the 2020 film version.

Book Challenge Update

This challenge involves reading books to cover the following prompts.

Originally I was content to count a book as fulfilling more than one category but as I found I was close to having an individual book for each category I sought another book with a body part in and found a book called Heartless. I just have to finish Heartless and Arabian nights but that one is taking a while!

Photos of the books on Instragram Wonderwall360

A book with a preposition in the title (e.g. in, on, through, under)

The seven husbands OF Evelyn Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This a story about a movie star Evelyn and her seven husbands from the late 1950s onwards . Themes include; changing position of women, LGBT and race. Evelyn is telling her story to a reporter that she has specifically chosen; one strand of the novel is leading to why this specific reporter was chosen. I enjoyed reading and would like to read another of Taylor Jenkins Read’s books.

It never happens IN the movies 🎥 🍿 by Holly Bourne. A YA book of trauma of teenage love and the realisation love is not like the films portray it!

A book set in Africa

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Centred around charatcters from Nigeria who immigrate to the US and the UK before returning to Nigeria. Discusses different perceptions of people according to their race in different places.

A book with a colour in the title

The BLACK Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

Cambridge BLUES by Alison Bruce.

I think could also fit Midnight Library by Matt Haig under here As midnight is a shade of blue.

A book with a family member (e.g. brother)in the title

The seven HUSBANDS of Evelyn Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

A book with the name of a town or city in the title

CAMBRIDGE blues by Alison Bruce. A book about police investigating a murder in Cambridge UK (I believe there is also an area of Boston Mass that is called Cambridge?). In particular a young eager detective not necessarily always wanting to stick by rules to solve the murder.

A book with a school subject in the title (e.g. English, History…)

The GEOGRAPHY of Friendship by Sally Piper. This was about three women repeating a trek they had done about 20 years earlier . Gradually as they walk there are flashbacks revealing traumatic events of their previous trek. Given on later walk the women are walking all day together it is unbelievable how little conversation they seem to have. There is suspense of waiting to know what happened on the earlier walk albeit know how that all three survived therefore it was a pleasant enough read just not particularly rich layers.

A book about a journey

The Salt Path. A walking journey of 630miles! I put more detail about it in this Post

A book with a girl’s name in the title

The seven husbands of EVELYN Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

The Black Eyed SUSAN’s by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

A book by a local author

I have read two books by Sheffield born Matt Haig: How to Stop Time and the Midnight Library.

A book with a beautiful cover

A book with a type of plant in the title

The BLACK EYED SUSAN’s which are flowers. by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

A book with a body part in the title

The Black EYEd Susan’s by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

Top 5 Tuesday on a Thursday – Adaption better than book

Bit late to this prompt from Meeghanand also not necessarily read the books that I’m dissing in favour of the adaption!

1. Bridget Jones films are funnier then the books by Helen Fielding I think based upon reading one. The book are diary entries and have dry bits like her weight, alcohol 🍷 🍹 🍸 intake etc…

2. Possibly Normal People tv series better than the book. I definitely loved the tv series last year. Not read the book but just read Conversation with Friends which like Normal people is by Sally Rooney and it has similar locations and characters so could picture the characters better from the great characters in the Normal People tv series.

3. I’m going to try reading a Dexter book but don’t think I will like as much as the tv series. As don’t think will be able to imagine / want to imagine the gory scenes!

4. Shakespeare language can be hard so think good adaptions can bring it to life. Meeghan included Romeo and Juliet film by Baz Lurhman; I do like that adaptionbut would like more if had mixed standard language between the Shakespearen language. But 20 years later – that fish tank scene!

5. Jersey Potato Pie think film and book are quite different but enjoy both!My book and film spoiler free review

First lines Friday the FINAL VERDICT – Don’t judge a Book by it’s cover? “My mother killed my father when I was seven years old…

“My mother killed my father when I was seven years old. Now thirty-nine years later she is dead too and I am an orphan”

First line from Queenie Malone’s Paradise hotel.

I was impressed by the first line unfortunately that was the most exciting line in the book, I found the rest a little dull.

My first thoughts (in case you missed them)

I came to this book blind just knowing the title and I had heard people had enjoyed author Ruth Hogan’s first book The Keeper if Lost Things. I did not expect such an impactful first line from the cover of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan. The cover is pale blue with lots of flowers 💐 The blurb on the back does not lead you to expect that first line.

The use of the word orphan is emotive. I’m not too sure of the quality of the writing from lack of capital letter for Mother and Father and no apostrophe in I’am.

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I want my wanted children to have

During March Meeghan has got us thinking about children’s book. This week is a free week on this theme, my top 5 list is 5 books I want my children to have. I do not have children yet but would like some little bookworms. In preparation I have already bought a box set of books of Roald Dahl books for children as I loved (love) his children books. Also loved his autobiographies; Boy and Going Solo and his short stories for adults.

My list of books to share with younger children:

1. As I like flamingos 🦩 a flamingo book such as ‘That is not my flamingo’ or Felipe the flamingo.

2. Postman Pat by John Comcliffe as it features a special place to me of the Lake District.

3. Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. My Mum likes this children’s book. It has lovely rhymes and illustrations.

Each page gives a different glimpse of a baby’s day, as the adults in his world go about their obscure yet urgent tasks. The initial view of each full-page illustration is through a peep-hole in the centre of the page. A rhyming text describes the picture, and asks “what does he see?”

4. Santa is coming to Sheffield is a book I have already bought for two families as it features the city I live in.

5. The Very Hungry caterpillar 🐛 by Eric Carle. This book has beautiful illustrations. It is educational as lots of counting and it teaches about how caterpillars 🐛 turn into butterflies 🦋

What books do you like passing on to children or reading with them?