This week’s challenge from Meeghan was to find 5 book covers with people on. I created a smiley face with my books with people on.
The Shelf by Helly Acton. Has a row of women as the title suggests on a ‘shelf’. What the women in the book have in common is that all their boyfriends ha e decided to apply for a tv show where they take their girlfriends to a tv studio where the girls get told they have been dumped. They then get the option to take part in a big brother type reality show; with the carrot being £10thousand if they stay a week then the chance to win 1 million. The women fact wacky and sometimes sexist challenges. It is an interesting way of recovering from a relationship by having time out just to process it. Plus someone who is prepared to humiliate you on tv is not worth it – some lucky escapes!
This week’s challenge from Meehan is books with buildings on.
1. This book has a building’s name in it’s title albeit it in the story not quite a real place. I love this book! The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
2. Fittingly as the story starts and finishes with mention of the building, it is on the cover. I bought the book second hand and can see my self picking up another second hand book if I find one of the cover’s I prefer! The building is Manderley and the book is Rebecca.
“Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again”
3. My cover of 1001 nights has Temple icons.
4. The view across the rooftops by by Kelman. Is set in Amsterdam and is about a Jew hiding from the Nazi’s.
5. The illustration of the chocolate factory on my copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of Quentin Blake’s fun illustrations.
This week’s challenge set by http://meeghanreads.comwas to find 5 books with creatures on the cover. I will start the list with books with an actual animal on then finish with a couple of more fantastical ‘creatures’.
What could be more standard than a dog? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon.
Then on a farm a pig is pretty standard fare. Kiss Kiss is a book of short stories for adults by popular children’s author Roald Dahl.
Slightly more unusual are badgers. Definitely don’t usually get them in the basement as per the title of Badger in the Basement. The book is from a series of alliterative titled children books by Lucy Daniels.
So I think Dracula can not be described as truly as human so creature seems fitting for him. Dracula is by Bram Stoker; I struggled to engage with it.
Similar to Dracula ‘creature’ seems a fitting description for the being on the front of the Whitby Child by Robin Jarvis.
2. I also recently read a book called the Baby Group which has a daisy chain on the cover. It is about a woman who is being blackmailed and trying to hide her past from new baby group of friends … but is it actually one of them?
3. A very twisted book with a flowery title and flowers on the cover is Sweet Pea. The protagonist is a caricatured serial murder.
4. A slightly less sinister book with flowers on is the Foundling by Stacey Hall.
5. The colour Purple by Alice Walker has purple flowers.
I had finished most of the books for the challenge a few months ago. My last book of the challenge was Arabian nights, which was for the beautiful cover category. I have been reading it alongside other books as type of books can only read a few pages at once. At times got distracted and forgot to even read a few pages. This book was a book club surprise secret Santa present. I have loved having it on my bedside table for months and will keep it on my bookshelf. It feels such a luxurious book; it is cloth bound, hard back and has it’s own ribbon bookmark attached … I lose bookmarks in bed all the time so love this feature!
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.
Since thinking I was finished with the challenge bar the last book I have also read the Colour Purple by Alice Walker.
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 MA in the US that is called Cambridge). In particular the book centres around 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
Arabian nights is a collection of stories told on the ‘1001 nights’. It is not 1001 stories as some stories were told over multiple nights. Stories are of different lengths. I think the basic plot of the stories could be really interesting. I started many stories full of optimism but, then lost interest as found the stories quite wordy and convoluted; unnecessarily long in my opinion. But it may be my imagination failed to engage enough. People with better imagination have taken the stories of Aladdin and Al Baba and the 49 thieves turned them into children’s books, films etc… I did love the ending; not just because it was the ending! At the end you return to the narrater who is introduced as the beginning of the book then does not feature until the end; where you get a glimpse into her life whilst telling the stories and find out her destiny. This beautiful book will be staying on my shelf and I can see myself dipping into read just a little bit in isolation; I think I was a bit over faced by the whole book together!
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.
Heartless by Sara Shepard. I least at this book in a charity shop because it includes heart in the title. I did not realise it was part of a series so missed some of the context! I’m not bothered about reading more of the series as it was very ‘teen girlie’ but as the book was part of a 3 for £1 deal so basically cost virtually nothing then I can not complain about the experience of reading it too much!
During August we are being set scavenger hunts on a Tuesday by Meeghan. Therefore these are not necessarily top 5s just what can be found.
This week the challenge was to find books with food on the cover. I was surprised how few I could find searching through my shelves and my Instragram tags Wonderwall360books2020 and Wonderwall360reading2021.
1. The Rosie Project Graeme C. Simsion has a lobster 🦞 on the cover. I reread this one recently. This is my favourite of the books in this list.
2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl of course has a peach 🍑 on the cover. I have two copies as have the original copy I read as a child plus I have recently bought Roald Dahl box set from a charity shop.
3. Each peach 🍑, pear 🍐, plum by Janet and Allen Albherg. I don’t have a copy of this book but it came to mind from childhood / reading to my nephew as having beautiful fruit illustrations on the cover.
4. Eat, Pray, Love by Emma Gilbert, the eat is spelled out in pasta 🍝. It is a rather disappointing cover the descriptions of eating in Italy are magnificent; pizza 🍕, pasta 🍝 and ice cream 🍦. The Italy part of the book which started the book was the best for me after that it became duller for me!
5. I struggled to find a 5th! Then I pulled this book from my shelf; Homework Sucks by Simon Mayo and saw it had pizza 🍕 in the bottom right of the cover. It is a non fiction book of facts.
As expected for several weeks that Serena won. She did make a slight mistake in the pattern challenge but still came first.
Serena seems lovely. I just find it irritating that a med student also has had time to get so good at sewing. Poor Raph he is actually studying textile design! How galling! He came up with a crazy fabulous festival outfit in round 2. I was not keen on the shiny red material he used in the final round. And unfortunately it was not fully hemmed.
After coming respectable third in the first two tasks Rebecca produced a dress of top finalist style.
Serena’s yellow Vinelle from Calling Eve inspired dress saw her secure a win.