Top 5 Tuesday Dec 7th books on my Christmas list. REVISIT

Someone this week liked this post so reminded me of the post and I re looked at it. I have read 4 of the 5 books now although Santa brought none of them. I have not read or got The Comfort Book by Matt Haigh.

1. Comfort book by Matt Haig as loved his midnight library. 2. A slow fire burning by Paula Hawkins who wrote girl on the train. 3. Adele by L …

Top 5 Tuesday Dec 7th books on my Christmas list.

20 Sep Top 5 Tuesday: reasons to be with a bookworm

Meeghan has asked us top 5 reasons to be with a bookworm. I would love to attract the right bookworm. But also I think being a bookworm is a selling point therefore my 5 reasons are a mixture of what I would value in a bookworm and positives I can offer. Will be reading other’s lists for more ideas of how I can see self!

1. If they wake up first they will read instead of waking you! Although waking up in winter when too dark to read is annoying!

2. Readers have more to talk about and discuss.

3. Readers can understand situations, feelings etc as read different viewpoints.

4. Those who have read widely know life is not a fairy story and have to work on relationships.

5. Readers have read about some evil partners so will appreciate a good partner!

Top 5 Tuesday books with bones 🦴

I have not even attempted Meeghan’s last two scavenger hunts as not reading fantasy not sure I could have come up with much for crowns or anything for shields. This week however is bones so between covers and titles it was easier.

1. Straight away I thought of Lovely bones which read years ago.

2. Bone garden is a Tess Gerritsen book but not part of Rizzoli and Isle series. I read this book or at least most of it in an afternoon.

Antlers are made of bone, and covered with “velvet”—a thin, soft layer of skin and blood vessels that gets scraped off the antler over time.

Looking through Instragram Wonderwall360 of reads over last few years books I found two with antlers on.

3. The Stag and Hen party by Mike Gayle. This book contained the story hen party and stag party running respectively from each cover to the middle.

4. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foyle.

5. Finally one that does not have bones in the title or any versions of the cover I have seen. But it is all about bones. It is Handle with care by Jodi Piccoult. It centre’s around Willow who has brittle bone disease therefore lots of mention of broken bones in the book.

Top 5 Tuesday: books with keys

I had to stretch this a bit to locks 🔒 as well as keys 🔑 🔐. See Meeghan’s post below.

Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 books with keys!! Yes, we’re back on scavenger hunts ― but I swear on my life, …

Top 5 books with keys

I found two with actual keys. The foundling with a padlock. On the Eve of Man by G and T Fletcher inside the A think technically a lock that is key 🔑 shaped? The fifth can see door lock (just) on House Swap.

Top 5 Tuesday Book Resolutions 2022 Complete!

I have completed the following:

1. Read Book Thief for January Book CLlub

2. Took part each Tuesday in March in Top 5 Tuesday scavenger hunts. Only tweaked one topic in order to find 5 books.

3. Read King short stories. This fulfilled book CLlub challenge category short stories and also give me more to judge Stephen King on! I’m not in rush to read mire although there were goos points within some stories.

4. Bought a second hand book for second hand category of Book Cllub challenge. I also completed the whole challenge!

5. Read a Colleen Hoover book. I read Ugly Love and not sure what the fuss around her is about! But nah read another … if came across it in a second hand challenge.

Memoirs of a Childhood Bookworm: Alfie gets home first by Shirley Hughes.

Sometimes in book tags I see prompts along lives of books that changed your life and I can never really think of anything. However I have, remembered a book that influenced me to do something ….

The book is Alfie gets in first. In the book he gets in first and manages to lock his Mum and baby sister Annie Rose out. This inspired me when my Mum was outside hanging washing out with my baby sister to lock the back door. I then could not turn the key the other way. I managed to get the key out of the lock. Then my Mum had to climb in a patio table for me to pass the keys through the window!

Top 5 Tuesday 5 book covers with doorways

As Meghan who set the challenge quoted

Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.”

Jeanette Winterson

1. To start with I have picked possibly the most famous door in the UK. I can not think of a more widely known / pictured one? It is number 10 Downing Street. I have it on the cover of a book called the Goldfish Bowl by the former prime minister’s wife; Cherie Booth as well as Cate Haste. They interviewed other spouses and children of former prime minister’s to give a glimpse into personal life in Downing Street.

2. From one famous doorway to another… what other famous doors can you think of? I think Monica’s door in Friends with the frame is fairly iconic! Technically my Friends book Still Friends by Saul Austerlitz only has the grave on it not the door.

3. From one purple door to another… There is a purple door on my cover of Rachel’s holiday. Which I bought and read last year in order to try a Marian Keyes. Not subsequently read more but for light reading would consider one again.

4. This is a lift doorway. An open lift doorway showing blood inside the lift. The lift is the Escape Room of the book’s title. A book by Megan Goldin. Not the typical Escape Room that do as a voluntary fun activity! Hence the blood!

5. The only book on this list that I have not yet read. A Penny Vincenzi; A question of time. Another author good for light reading!

Memoirs of a Child Bookworm: Roald Dahl

I think I read most of Roald Dahl’s collection for children as a child including his two autobiographies. I did not own all the books personally therefore within last couple of years I bought a box set of Roald Dahl children’s books. The only one I had not previously read was the Giraffe, Monkey, Pelly and me; I recently rectified that.

I remember my Father read Fantastic Mr Fox to my sister and I. My brother is 8 years younger than myself, I ended up reading Fantastic Mr Fox to him one Saturday afternoon.

I loved the imaginary at the opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of his two sets of Grandparents topping and tailing in a bed together. Then the magic of opening a rare treat of a chocolate bar. These simple moments get overshadowed by the flamboyance of the story in the chocolate factory; but I remember more vividly reading this part than the rest of the book. Similarly I really liked Danny champion of the world which was a more real and less magical than other books. That being said I loved the magic of George’s marvellous medicine and the dream distributer the BFG and James and the Giant Peach.

As well as reading the Witches I also saw the film on a big screen as a child; creepy! After reading the books I have also seen films of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, BFG, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach. I have seen Danny the Champion of the world as a serialised tv programme on BBC and Esio Trot as a one episode BBC tv programme. I saw trailer for Fantastic Mr Fox and could not bear to watch film as it sounded too American.

As an adult I have also read some of his short stories. I would like one day to visit his writing shed / museum in Buckinghamshire.

Christmas Books

I have once again tried to seek good Christmas books after previously finding offerings rather saccharine!

My favourite has been 12 days of Christmas by Alex Pine. It showed the grit of Christmas as it was a murder mystery.

At the beginning of December, I enjoyed Call of the Penguins mainly set in the wintertery setting of Locket Island in the Antarctic. The characters are initially flawed and you have to discover their soft centres.

Also read One Day in December Wh h was k d of a love story over many years a bit like One Day apart from centred around a love triangle. Post box in the North Pole was set in a picteresque snowy landscape. I was worried they the story was leading to a main character declaring they were an elf so that stopped me fully believing and engaging in the story.

What about you? What is your favourite Christmas book?

New Book Clllub Challenge

We have all the categories for our next Book Cllub challenge and I have started!

Appropriately for this Facebook book club that was a spin off from Lucy Locket Loves Facebook group hence the triple L’s in Clllub; the first book I read centred around Locket Island (Away with the Penguins).

I have now moved on to the Christmas category.

The Categories

A book with an Island Connection

Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior. About an elderly millionaire making a trip to Locket island to find out about penguin conservation. She is initially seems an uptight woman but it is good to see different aspects of her personality emerge as the book continues and past tragedies revealed.

A Christmas book

A book bought second hand

A book with a county in the title

A book with X in title or author’s name

A book with weather referenced in the title

A book from childhood

A book of short stories

A book set where born