Olivia Joules Rules of Living  by Helen Fielding (Also author of Bridget Jones)


Number 15, hit a chord with me when read the book about 13 years ago. Was thinking about it a while ago, could remember concept but not exact wording.

Don’t regret anything. Remember there wasn’t anything else that could have happened, given who you are and the state of the world at that moment. The only thing you can change is the present, so learn from the past.

The Book Lover’s Tag

I was inspired by the following post, but have swapped some questions at the end.

The Book Lover’s Tag! Of course I had to do this tag, when The Happiest Pixel did it! Thank you for nominating everyone and for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tag! This was also originally developed by Cook and Enjoy Recipes. please head over to their blogs and check them out. […]

via The Book Lover’s Tag — Small Town Rambler

Book Questions:
Do you have a specific place for reading 📖?

In daily life, I mostly read in bed.

Bookmarks or random pieces of paper  📖 ?

Bookmark if have one. I did have a great bookmark with first verse of Wordsworth daffodils on, but I do not know where it is.

So often random paper. At the moment I do have a proper book mark that arrived with a book I bought.

Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of a chapter  📖?Can you just stop anywhere or must it be at the end of the chapter?

To quote Small Town Rambler: I usually try to get to the end of the chapter. but life happens and it getting to the end of a chapter doesn’t always happen.

Do you read paper books or electronic or both 📖 ? 


Have you tried graphic novels or digital fiction or audio books 📖?

Yes all 3.

Digital Fiction

Reading my first graphic novel: The watchman

Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Part 1: The audio book and prelude to watching the film (No spoilers)

Do you keep every book you read 📖?
No just ones want to read again, think someone else may read, have sentimental value or look good on shelf. Books I think my sister will like, are first passed to her. Then books she passes back that I do not want to keep and all rest that I do not want to keep go to charity shops.

Digital Fiction

Digital fiction is fiction not designed to ever be in a paper format, instead it is viewed on a screen. It is more interactive than viewing on a e reader screen or watching a film. More like a video game. The ‘reader’ may be in the story, making decisions. Therefore a rare example of 2nd person narrative, where the reader gets to make choices about how the story pans out.

I learnt about digital fiction through involvement in a Sheffield Hallam university project. I ‘read’ Wallpaper at Bank Street Arts. It was on a big screen, with a joy stick to move around an old house looking for clues. The physical room was unlit to add to the atmosphere.

I’m about to download an app that is digital fiction … more on that to come!

Watchmen what to say to sound intelligent when discussing (or so I think it may) 2.

So it seems I could say, at first it seemed annoying that the blue character Dr Mahatten, kept changing size; he was a giant first time seen, I thought he was like a large statue. I know realise that changing size was one of his superpowers. The superpowers that also make him blue.

If you had a choice of super-powers, which one would you pick? Personally I’d go for Dr Manhattan’s, off Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s Watchmen. OK, it makes him look like a radioactive Smurf. But that super-power also makes him indestructible, immortal, and gives him total control over determinist (space-time) and quantum worlds, which means […]

via What’s your favourite super-power? — Matthew Wright

Reading my first graphic novel: The watchman

Like the following blogger I don’t find it easy to follow the panels. Even knowing which speech bubble to read first is not easy.

I think before I picked it up I knew, I don’t really like superhero novels; maybe a graphic novel with a different genre would have helped?

The website mentioned, in here where you pay for the novel, so that it displays the panels in correct order, sounds a good idea. Or apparently in November 2017 there is annotated version of the Watchmen coming out, perhaps that would allow me to understand the nuances better. Though still not certain,  I would have engaged with it much as have tried reading synopsis on internet and it just seems to be random nonesensical words.


When I bought the watchmen, I did not realise it would be over 400 pages. Another reason not got far with it as, it does not seem like a book can read in bed.

The TWIST Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult. Contains SPOILERS

Don’t read this untill you have read the book. I have enjoyed other Piccoult’s more; but equally for me lot better than Mercy which found wishy, washy. So if you like Piccoult you should get something out of it. If you have read what did you think about the book / the twist?

Did you see the twist coming?

There was no hint untill sickle cell gene mentioned; then I realised, that was indicating that baby Davis had some African Americain genetics. I wondered whether his Mother Brit had conceived the baby with someone other than her husband. Therefore I was not necessarily expecting that Brit’s Mother was African American.

Was the twist needed?

I think it was an interesting twist, showing you can not truly judge someone by the colour of their skin. But the story had so much going on anyway that it perhaps impact got a little lost.

How could the twist have been more powerful

I think narrative strand from Brit would have been interesting. It would have brought an insight into,  how she had felt, growing up without her Mother and her views of her Mother.

I think it was cruel lawyer Kennady allowing Brit’s Mother to be revealed in public and the reveal did not impact the case; so it was not really necessary to do that. The revelation evidently sent Brit into turmoil but this was covered in just a couple of sentences in the epilogue; how it led to her suicide. The twist felt like an after thought rather than something planned from the beginning. Again a narrative from Brit would have allowed climax to build before the reveal and the impact to be explored, on the other hand this would have taken focus away from Ruth’s story; but is it a bad thing to have two big focuses in a book? The lives of Ruth and Brit could have been compared and contrasted.

A boy made of blocks by Keith Stuart No Spoilers

A Nick Hornby style book. The themes of the book are around the trial separation of the parents of an autistic boy and connecting with the boy via the video game minecraft. A potentiality gritty story , especially as author’s son has autism however, it never goes that deep or heavy. Instead although presenting struggles,  it goes with a lighthearted, heartwarming, positive angle. The plot is simplistic and at one point I was not sure always flawless for example; when talks about deciding on a fancy dress outfit in a morning, but having a mask for the outfit bought online by the same afternoon. Overall a very readable  page turner, when not wanting anything too heavy.

Insomnia by Stephen King No Spoilers

I liked the first hundred pages or so and the epilogue, but not so keen on the middle and there was a lot of middle! The book was 760 pages in total.

There are three main themes. The first is about a retired man, rebuilding life after death of wife. This was an interesting theme to think about.

The second theme was about women refuges and abortion clinics; so if these are sensitive subjects, do not read.

The third theme is the paranormal / sci fi theme. I would have enjoyed the book without this because the man’s story was so interesting. Plus this theme did not engage me  because too far fetched for me and as so much of it, made the book drag.

This was my first Stephen King. Is it typical?

Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Part 1: The audio book and prelude to watching the film (No spoilers)

I have just finished the audiobook in time to watch the film. The audiobook lasts about 12 hours; I would have thought I could fit reading the book, into less 12 hours. I could probably read for longer sessions, than I could listen therefore as well as taking less total time, I could have compressed into less time.

After listening to the audiobook I’m  curious to see the film. I think the book has an interesting plot albeit not action packed therefore think, it would be possible to fit into two hours. I think, the characters could be brought more to life than in the book. I’m not a big fan of reading or watching costume dramas. However, I found the language in the audiobook very accessible albeit a little wordy for example; not sure it was really necessary to always state Cousin Rachel rather than just Rachel. I hope the film is not too stuffy and overly focused on creating period atmosphere; I ideally want the characters and storyline to shine through. From stills I have seen they? have perhaps literally decide to sex film up.

For me ending was marred by barely last syllable being uttered and a message thanking for listening to audio talked over. In book although would have known was reading last sentence, would literally have had blank space to reflect.

Book Scavanger: What I did not have on my shelf….

Book Scavanger: What I did not have on my shelf….

  • An audio book. Last time I listened to an audiobook was as a child; casssettes borrowed from the library. Now the way to do it is to listen with phone; so there is nothing to put on the book shelf. I downloaded audibles, for a free trial which took about 10minutes and that was at the same time as cooking. I’m now listening to Cousin Rachal by Daphane De Mairier which is another one being turned into a film this year. As it is just one narrator rather than dialogue, you have to make sure you listen and concentrate; no looking at anything else on phone!
  • Looking at my book shelf most is caucasion, women like me. But that is swung a little by having so many Jodi Piccoult and Tess Gerritson. But my shelves do not represent everything I read; they represent what I have kept minus books that my sister has in her to be read collection. So I have nothing against reading books by someone of a different gender, ethinicity, religion, ability etc to me.
  • I think I have got into reading other books because of them having the tag ‘If you like Jodi Piccoult’. Of course Amazon also acts as an enabler to keep in one genre but hey it’s what I like; not too difficult to read but good characters and a dilemma to ponder.
  • Through going to a book club I definitely do read things, I would not naturally pick; however; that probably shows I know what I like as not many become keepers. Therefore on that basis this challenge has not tempted, me to read any steam book or any fantasy novels
  • For book club over last couple of years I have read a couple of 800+ page books; Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, which had some good bits , but weirder as it went on and for me too detached to realities along with length I was not enjoying it by the end. I borrowed it from my Dad, but if it was my book, I probably would not have kept it. Also for book club read Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which I mighthave enjoyed if it had not been dragged out so much; what did all the repeated drug binge scenes achieve?