Share Your World … Feb Week 4, 2018

Share Your World

What are you reading right now?

I am kind of reading between two books at the moment, which you can find at my Goodreads link. Although by the time you read this I would have updated it as I have just finished one of the two books that I’ve been reading.

What was your first adult job?

It was a front desk receptionist for a tax/accountant company. I would get clients details, update clients details. Do whatever you think a front desk receptionist would do.

 What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

I’m not sure if America have this one, but we have this breakfast cereal here called Sultana Bran and I loooooooooooove it! The juicy of the sultana crunching with the crunchiness of the bran it’s just fantastic. It’s one of those cereals that I could have for breakfast, lunch and dinner! A lot more of the sugary type cereals I tend to eat for a sweet snack.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Even though it has stressed me out a little to have no shifts for work this week. I have really loved waking up with my Dog. She is the cutest in the morning, I really must take video of her. She’s so lazy and just doesn’t care that we are still in bed at 11 in the morning (I don’t like waking her up,lol). You can tell that she is just so relaxed and so comforted to know that someone is home with her.

Time

Currently and at the moment I am reading Kresley Cole’s “Endless Knights”.

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Straight away I was thinking “It has been  at least a couple of years since I’ve read “Poison Princess” and I have remembered…Nothing!”

Then it got me thinking how often does this happen to others?…As I read on, because I was enjoying it, I started to remember bits and pieces. However, I did think, some series’s that I’ve read…The next book in the series will give a bit of an explanation of what happened before. I felt like this book “Endless Knight” was missing a lot of that…and it really needs it! It talked about the relationships and what happened previously, but even that I felt was very scarce. There was not enough description of the monsters and how the character had encountered them before…It just feels like that little bit of detail is missing.

What about you readers, have you read a series with a large time gap in-between?

2018 Reading Challenge – Goodreads

This year I have decided to partake in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2018. So far I have decided to do 12 books for the whole year. Although that probably doesn’t sound like much. I have never done of these before and I do worry that if I put too many books in there, I will be unlikely to finish them.

Goodreads Reading Challenge – Lolsy’s Library

Too re-read or not too re-read?

At the moment apart from the 3 books I am currently…That’s right you heard me…I am reading THREE books at the same time. When I went to my local Library recently though I was so happy to see an old favourite of mine. Cassandra Clare’S “Clockwork Angel”, the first book from her series “The Infernal Devices”.

I have not yet added the book to my “currently reading” books list on Goodreads.  Yet, here I am now reading this FOURTH book as well and I am loving it! Normally I can only read two books at the same time, and that is usually because I leave one at my house and one at my partners house.

Just casual like

Recently I visited my local Library on the Thursday and I borrowed out the three books that I had placed on hold (I couldn’t fit them all in my book bag). I started reading one of them and I realised that it was not really an novel, it was more a book with explanations of materials in the actually series of books. I’ve started reading it but I realised that I was just reading it more for a casual type reading.

It made me wonder are there other books that people read, just casually? Do you read books “casually” too. What I mean by “casually” is that it’s not a book you dislike or even find boring, but you are probably going to read it once and that’s it. Instead of reading it all at once, you find that you are reading it in bits and pieces over time. You don’t really find a reason to read it all at once. Maybe a book of poetry or short stories that you read every now and then.

Do you have books that you read just casually?

Three Queens and Three Sister Review

This is my review of the book “Three Queens and Three Sister, author is Phillipa Gregory.

Enjoy the spoilers if you choose to read!…I just wanted to start this off by saying it is not a book based on actual facts, it’s an interpretation of the facts so it can be a fictional story…Hence the “fictional” part. It’s just a fictional interpretation of what happened.

Brief outline of the book

The book takes place in merry old England, around the time of King Henry the 8th. The book is very solely focused though on the story of one his more unknown older sister (I actually didn’t even know that he had other siblings) Princess Margaret. The book starts and first takes place when Katherine of Aragon first comes to court. At first she is expecting to marry Prince Arthur (Henry’s older brother and should have been King!) who does pass away just a few months after they are married. Margaret as a young Princess has an instant dislike for Katherine of Aragon, with her “fancy ways”. However her other younger sister, Mary, has an instant connection with Katherine.

The book tells of the three young women and their life journey from young ladies until all three are Queens at some point along the way. Through, death, love, birth and life.

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Positive aspects

I have been wanting to read any of the Phillipa Gregory books for quiet a while now and I did not feel disappointed. If you can get past the whines of Margaret it’s a very enjoyable book. I enjoy books about “court life” from ‘merry ole England’ and this was no different. What I took from it as well, is that I enjoyed it so much that I spent the next day researching all of Henry the 8th’s family members. What I found to be the most interesting about it is that knowing that Phillipa had some research into the book, most of the events in the book actually happened.

The relationship between the three women was intriguing as well. I didn’t really understand why they called themselves sisters when they weren’t really THAT friendly towards each other. If someone I’m not even blood related too kills my husband (guaranteed during War) and doesn’t leave his body for me to bury and brings it back to their land as a “trophy”. Just as some sort of making up that they aren’t producing sons, you are not my sister. It honestly fascinates me, is this what it was like? Too keep up appearances did they have to seem like they were “sisters”? How annoying!

Negative aspects

Overall I really did enjoy the book and I will continue to read Phillipa Gregory, but no book can be perfect!

There was one aspect of the book that really did annoy me. There just seemed to be chapter after chapter of the exact same situation and it became very repetitive very quickly. It just felt like I was reading the same thing for about 10 chapters in a row. She leaves her husband Archibald because he was still apparently married to another woman and was just using the Queen for her lands and money. So she left him, they’d have a battle, she’d lose, run away somewhere else, get a letter from Katherine and Mary saying to go back to her cheating, traitorous husband, they’d get back together (even though she hates him), he leaves and repeat. I am not lying when I say this happened about 5 times in a instant row.

Overall

I really did enjoy the book and I have put the book previous to this one and the book after this one, so I think that’s a pretty good indication.

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R U OK & National Reading Hour (Australia)

Today has two big events in Australia…

R U OK Day

Ask a friend or family member “Are you okay” – Suicide Prevention

National Reading Hour

A day in Australia when for one hour on that day (today) you read for one hour. Usually it’s supposed to be with you and your child, but you can do it too! So, what are you reading?

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Reading a Book a Day, keeps the Doctor away?

Well it kind of Rhymes?

As you can see by the title today is National…and I think International Read a Book day! As someone whose Bloggers name has “Library” in it. It feels somewhat wrong for me to not write something on this day.

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Let’s share a little on this glorious of days! Either copy and paste these questions or write in the comments below!

  1. What is your favourite book? (Take a picture with it if you like!)
  2. Which is your least favourite and why, or least favourite series?
  3. What are some good Book/Reading type Blogs you would recommend?
  4. If you could be a character, any character, from any book…Who would it be?
  5. What is your favourite book to movie…movie?
  6. What is your least favourite book to movie…movie?
  7. If you could write your own book, what would it be about?

 

CBCA

Yesterday (Sunday the 19th of August) started off the Children’s Book Council of Australia … Children’s Book Week … Bit of a mouth-full … and it’s held every third week in August.

The CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Children’s Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature.

Each year has a theme and the theme for this year is “Escape to Everywhere”