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Out Your Comfort Zone Challenge

Hi everyone.

After debating it last year (but never actually doing anything about it) I have decided to set up the Out Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge for 2013. I would love it if you would like to join in.

The idea is that you read genres that you wouldn’t normally read, and hopefully find something new which you love.

I’ve set up a new blog especially for the challenge and you can sign-up there.


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BBAW: Appreciation

Hia guys. It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Whoop whoop!

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is just that, a week to appreciate your favourite book blogs, to find out more about them, and to find great new blogs.

Welcome to anyone who is visiting for the first time. Feel free to have a look around. Comment if you want to. I’d love it if you want to follow me too.

Today is all about giving a shout out to your favourite blogs. I’m going to list five, but I also want to direct you guys to my blog roll, all great blogs which you should check out just not my very, very favourites right at this moment in time (although it can change from day to day). I would love you to give those guys support too but if you’re pressed for time have a look at these 5.

1) Judith @ Leeswammes’ Blog Judith’s tastes are very similar to mine, which is pretty much why I read her blog. If I like the synopsis of a book she is reading and she has enjoyed it I am almost guaranteed to enjoy it too. My wishlist is full of books I read about on Leeswammes’ Blog. Judith’s reviews are always very detailed too, so you can be sure you know what you’re getting into. Judith is also the host of The Literary Giveaway Hop which I have participated in a few times, and is great fun.

2) Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm I originally discovered Curiosity Killed the Bookworm through twitter, and ‘i probably still ‘interact’ with Ellie the most that way. Technically I shouldn’t like Curiosity Killed the Bookworm. Ellie mainly reviews YA, which I very rarely read. However her reviews are so enthusiastic that when she does read something I might be interested in I can’t help but want to read it too. That’s how I discovered Charlotte Street which I went crazy over a couple of weeks ago. I also love Ellie’s blog layout, it’s probably my favourite looking blog on my blog list.

3) Sam @ Sam Still Reading  I’ve been following Sam Still Reading from not long after it was set up and I love how similar Sam’s progress has been to my own. Sam reads a lot of similar books to me (although maybe a bit more historical fiction). Her reviews are quite similar to mine as well, simple but they cover everything I would want them to cover. It’s almost like Sam Still Reading is tailor made for me.

4) Anna @ TwoOrThreeThingsIKnowAboutHer I only discovered Anna’s blog this weekend when she commented on one of my posts. She hasn’t been blogging for long (her blog only has 5 posts at the time of writing) but I enjoyed reading all the posts. I like that her reviews aren’t so much reviews as thoughts about the books she’s read, has been reading, or is yet to read. I also love that she takes her own photos for all her posts.

5) Chris @ ChrisbookaramaThe main thing I like about Chrisbookarama is Chris’ Friday Bookish Buzz feature, I get probably about 90% of my book news from this feature (the rest comes mainly from bookriot, and occasionally from The Guardian or twitter), even when my reader is out of control I stop scrolling for Bookish Buzz. I also like how varied Chris’ reviews are, there’s pretty much something for everyone.



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Bookcrossing: Good Book Karma

I have been a Bookcrosser on and off for 8 years. I tend to go through phases when I do a lot of Bookcrossing and phases when I do none. Since recently sorting out my bookshelf I’m on a bit of an on phase at the moment. While today I was registering books and it suddenly occurred to me, I should do a post on Bookcrossing. I really don’t know why the thought had never occurred to me before.

Bookcrossing is basically a way of sharing books with the world. A Bookcrosser will register a book on The Bookcrossing Website before passing it on, or (and this is where it gets fun!) leaving it somewhere for someone to find. Within each book will be contained a little note saying where the book has come from, what Bookcrossing is and with a BCID (or BookCrossing IDentification). Once someone has read the book they enter the BCID on the website and leave a note saying what they thought about the book and where they are sending it next. In this way one book can be shared all around the world!

I love leaving books all over the place and imagining who might pick them up. I especially like to put books in a place where I can watch (e.g. another table in a cafe, a different seat on the bus) and see who picks it up, who looks at it, who takes it. There’s a certain thrill to it, especially when it’s a book you want to share with the world. What I love the most is when I hear back from a book, unfortunately it doesn’t happen as often as I would like, but maybe that’s what makes it special. I’ve had some really nice comments back too.

There was:

The Dutch girl who read her first book in English

The woman who found the book the day before she moved to Spain

The girl who found a new author

I’ve tried to do a few funky releases too. I left Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in a branch of Thorntons for one. My favourite though is the book I released by balloon (I just wish I had heard back from it!). I’m also a fan of releasing favourite books, I am on somewhat of a mission to release all the Harry Potter books (I’ve only got Deathly Hallows to go), and I’ve released a few copies of Captain Correli’s Mandolin, plus copies of Birdsong. I figure if you’re going to share a book you may as well share one you love.

I’ve found books from Bookcrossing too, which is just as exciting. This is the first one I found….as I was leaving another Bookcrossing book! There are such things as Official BookCrossing Zones (it’s where I found Big Fish and Olivia Joules) but while they are a good way to know that your book will be picked up by someone who values it I find it lacks the excitement of a wild release.

You can find me on Bookcrossing as Lucy-bird.

Read and Release at

Find out more about Bookcrossing:

The Bookcrossing Website


Guardian Article


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Literary Giveaway Blog Hop back again

Judith is again running the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop on her blog Leeswammes’ Blog. This time it will take part from the 23rd to the 27th June.

The Literary Blog Hop is different because bloggers only give away books with ‘literary merit’. No romance, no Y.A and no urban fantasy. I like this because often I find giveaways fall into these genres, and they aren’t the genres I tend to read. I guess you can say it’s a breath of fresh air.

I think it’s been a while since I last did a giveaway too so I’m looking forward to this one.

If you want to join in sign-ups are open until 20th June here at Leeswammes’ Blog


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It’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

This year is the first time I’ve participated in Book Blogger Appreciation Week (or BBAW) and I’m very excited! Last year I can’t say I was very connected with the blogging community (which is the focus of this year’s BBAW).

Today we are talking about Blogger’s who have inspired us and encouraged us.

Well in a way my blog was inspired not by bloggers as such but by a community. The Book Club Forum was where my blog started, as form of a member book review thread (which does still exist). The forum does have its own blog which is contributed to by a number of members and lots of members have their own blogs.

As for blogger’s themselves? Well I can’t get away without talking about Jennifer at Crazy for Books because it was really her Book Blogger Hop which introduced me to the book blogging community. For similar reasons I want to highlight Sherry at Semicolon who runs the review of reviews, which is a great way to find new books and new bloggers.

I also want to mention Judith at Leeswames’ Blog who seems to have very similar taste in books to me, and who introduced me to the (surprisingly addictive) world of giveaways through her Literary Blog Hop Giveaway (do visit her blog, today she announced another giveaway hop for next month).

I also want to mention Jackie at Farm Lane Books, simply because she’s the blogger who seems to have the closest taste in books to my own taste. I really trust her recommendations.

Finally to all my readers, commenters, and subscribers. Thank you for all your support.


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Sharing the Love

During my time in the blogging world I have found lots of other fantastic blogs. You can see everyone I follow (more or less, it needs updating) on my sidebar but sometimes I have found the need to give a special mention to blogs I love. I thought that as it is a happy time for my blog it would be nice to look back and share the love. Do have a look at the blogs in my sidebar too, they are all fantabulous.

Reading in the Bath: when I first wrote about this blog it was very new, with only 2 posts but I highlighted it because I thlought it showed potential. Now it’s a bit older my hopes are confirmed. I still love the chatty style of writing and the eclectic mix of books.

A Thousand Books with Quotes still remains a favourite of mine. Rather than a standard review format this blog picks out favourite quotes from great books. When I first posted about this blog I said that it could be good to find new books with a tone you like but I find I generally prefer it for remembering books I have loved. (Also check out the picture up top, enough to make any biblophile jealous!)

An Old Flame: Oh the sadness when a loved blog goes. For a while An Old Flame lay redundant, but still there. Now it is gone. I used to love Trina’s discussion posts but as she started blogging more about the books her boys were reading, and eventually decided it didn’t fit with her old blog format she started moving more over to her new blog which focuses on children’s books. It is still a great blog but not of the type I read.

Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing is another one which drew me in through discussion (do you sense a theme here?). The reviews are very detailed. A good blog for YA.

A Novel Review: again the discussion got me interested, I like the layout of the reviews too.

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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Last but by no means least

A Book a Week “This book was really worth the wait, and not at all a let-down.”

Alison’s Book Marks “The elements of this story twist and turn and come back around on you”

Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review “A fitting end to the journey but a bumpy ride along the way.”

3 Evil Cousins “We wanted his final story to end spectacularly. Alas, it was not to be.” (can I just say despite the fact that I loved Deathly Hallows this review is awesome!)

The Symposium “this is definately not one of my favorite books in the series and not one of Rowling’s better efforts.” (this review is very detailed, and I found it a little difficult to find a summing up quote)

Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget.”

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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I will get these all done by the end of today!

Speculative Book Review “readers will find the Harry Potter series conventional when comparing it to the more innovative epic fantasy that is geared toward adults.”

Melissa’s Bookshelf “Vividly written, though not necessarily perfectly written, the tales of Harry Potter never seem to disappoint (yes, some are better than others), and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception.”

In the Shadow of Mt. TBR “While Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling  was an easy and comfortable read, it often fell flat and fizzled in places.”

Book Brothel “This might be the best book yet in the series – it’s full of action, great characters, suspense, mystery, and a struggle of good against an uncompromising evil force”

In Which Our Hero “Rowling’s storytelling skill becomes more apparent with every volume”


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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix







One Librarian’s Book Reviews (Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince) “Rowling is a master of the multiple plot lines”

Word Lily “At this point, I’m a bit disappointed”

Library Queue “really not a lot happens in this book considering it’s the longest book in the series.”

Bookish “I think it’s pretty amazing that Rowling’s fantastical series is the closest thing to reality I’ve seen in a long time.”

Books, time and Silence “Yes, Order of the Phoenix may be dark, but it is gloriously so.”


It is sad that I found it difficult to find much love for this book (or at least from bloggers who I have not already mentioned in these posts). Of course I want to show both sides of the coin but it makes me sad when people don’t like books I love.


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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books “completely un-put-downable (I read all 700-ish pages in a single day), and the ending totally blew me away.”

2 Kids and Tired Books “I think this is the funnest Harry Potter book.”

Reading Comes From WritingOnce I finished I felt that it was worth it all in the end”

The Avid Reader’s Musings “The fourth book marks a drastic changing point in the series.”

You’ve GOTTA Read This “Terrifying, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, with a few hormones thrown in just to prevent tears”

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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban

As before I’m trying not to use the same blogs over and over but post reviews that I liked reading.

Book Addiction “this book is a true comfort read for me… I love going back to the familiar story and rediscovering Sirius Black and his contribution to Harry’s history.”

Jules’ Book Reviews “Most will agree that this is one of the best in the series, and this kicks off the rest of the books.”

Notes from the North “There is a great mixture of excitment, humour, and scariness.”

Pile on the Books “Since this is my favorite of the movies, I found myself many times wondering why things hadn’t happened/weren’t happening in the book.”

Jenny’s Books “Yeah, no. Nope. I can’t think of anything bad to say about Prisoner of Azkaban. Every time I read it, I have one of those reading experiences where everything else falls away.”


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Deathly Hallows Comic

So I completely and utterly failed to get a post up yesterday but (in my defence) I was ill with a migraine and could barely see let alone type!

Tomorrows review list will have to be massive because I should really me getting to bed but I still wanted to give you something for today.

These amazing comics are made by the fantabulous Lucy Knisley (the link is to her livejournal but if you google her name she also has a website, do check both out)

She has done a comic for each book in the Harry Potter series, as well as a giant picture summarising the whole series. Seeing as Harry Potter week is to commend the release of Deathly Hallows though I thought that would be the best to show you. Click to look closer.



Hope you like them 🙂


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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Today I will be looking at reviews of Chamber of Secrets on other blogs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I’m trying to use different blogs every day but do check out some of the previously mentioned blogs, most of them also review Chamber of Secrets.

Reading Through LifeI liked this book, but not as much as I liked Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Or, at least, in different ways.”

Bailey’s and Books “Rowling also knows how to build suspense and adventure that makes me want to keep turning the page”

Book Journey “I find each trip to Hogwarts to be more magical.”

Alita. Reads (watch out for series wide spoilers in this one) “I was amazed by Rowling’s attention to small details that become important later on in the series.”

And you can find my review on the previous post.


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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I promised that everyday during Harry Potter week I would share some Harry Potter reviews from other blogs. I’m trying to share reviews that I think you guys would like to read, if you think you’re review could be featured here please link me up of e-mail me.

Today we’re looking at Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, book 1:

Giraffe Days “There are so many things to love about Harry and this series, it’s hard to know where to begin”

Whatcha Readin’, Books? “What is not to love about this book?”

Loving Books “While Sorcerer’s Stone isn’t my favorite of the Harry Potter books, it does provide a great base for the entire series and leaves me hoping that my Hogwarts letter is just 10 years late.”

Lovely Little Shelf “Re-reading this first book was like sliding into a warm bath.  It was the coziest thing in the whole world.”

And you can read my own review of Philosopher’s Stone here


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Blog Hop

This weeks blog hop is a little different, instead of answering a question we get to promote a giveaway…for another blog.

I want to highlight Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog’s giveaway. She’s giving away a signed copy of Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard. This is fantastic book and is now out of print, so if you’re a fan of ‘real’ books this could be your only chane to get your hands on a copy. It’s an international giveaway so no restictions.

Over on her blog Dizzy C also has an interview with Linda Gillard and her own review of Emoional Geology so you should look those up too.

I’ve already read Emotional Geology (my review), as well as two other books by Linda Gillard (Star Gazing, A Lifetime Burning) and she’s a bit of a favourite of mine. I don’t own either Emotional Geology or Star Gazing though so I’ve entered in hope of having my own copy.

Happy blog hop weekend everyone.

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Mimi and Eunice

I’m loving the Mimi and Eunice cartoons by Nici, and as today is Nici’s birthday what better way to celebrate than with a couple of cartoons?



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I thought it had been a while since I highlighted a new blog I had found, and this week on the blog hop I found one that I think is worth highlighting.

Reading in the bath is a new blog (literally there is less that one page!) which seems to be pretty eclectic in the books mentioned (although it’s a bit difficult to tell this early on). I love the tone of this blog, it feels like you are chatting with a friend.


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Squee time!

Wooop I still get far too excited about awards!

This one was given to me by Teacher/Learner over at Whatcha Readin’, Books. Thank you 😀

Here are the rules:

– Share 7 things about yourself.
– Pass the award to 15 bloggers recently discovered. (I want to make sure it means something, so I probably won’t pass on to that many)
– Notify the blogger recipients.
– Link to the blogger who gave the award.

Ok 7 things

1) My boyfriend has just moved to Birmingham after 2 years of long distance, I am, of course, Love thrilled

2) I went to see the new Narnia film today. It was really good, probably the best yet, I’m not reviewing it on here because the only Narnia book I’ve read is The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

3) My new year’s resolution is to eat more fruit and veg, I’m doing alright. I’m using a site suggested by WordPress, Health Month, which helps turn your health resolutions into a game. It’s good to have something to answer to.

4) I finish my NVQ (in childcare) this month, I’ve had the last couple of days and tomorrow off and was planning on finishing everything up- it hasn’t been so successful (see 1 & 2)

5) I’m not sure what I want to do when I finish my NVQ, I love where I work but I wat to do an Ed. Psych masters so I really need experience with other ages too.

6) errr I am an awful procrastinator (see 4), even for things I’m doing completely by choice I procrastinate

7) I am trying to put on weight and failing, even though I’m not sure why!

I pass this on to…

Jackie at Lovely Little Shelf

As the Crowe Fies (and reads)

Sam Still Reading

There are others I could give to but I think I’vegiven them awards before so I want to stick to the new 🙂

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This hops finds

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. A combination of not having time to look at many blogs the last couple of weeks (although I have looked) and being a bit more strict about what I choose to mention. I’m following more than I’m mentioning but I want to mention those that I particularaly liked. So you should check them out. Onto the blogs!

A Thousand Books with Quotes– I loved this blog because it’s different. It’s no just full of standerd reviews but quotes from books that BookQuoter loved. It’s a great way to see what’s so special about a book. A great way of remembering books you loved, and of finding new ones you could love.

An Old Flame– I didn’t get as far as reviews on this blog but I’m loving the discussion about books and reading. It’s a very interactive blog.

What great blogs have you found this hop?


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New Blogs

I’ve looked at a lot of blogs this week. I’m following a few But I want to point to:

The Perpetual Page Turner which is pretty much what I want a book blog too be. There’s actually a focus on books. There are some memes but unlike some other blogs I’ve visited they don’t drown out the reviews, and they actually seem to tell us something about books.

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New Blogs

Again I thought it was time to spread the news of the new blogs I found this week. I was less successful this week but successful enough.

Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing– I really liked the article on books which you know in other forms and how that can chage your outlook on them.

Restless Reader– I totally added this one because of the mention of Nick Hornby’s column in The Believer (which is what made up The Complete Polysyllabic Spree), but I am liking the set out of the reviews too.

I also want to mention Stained Glass in the Night which is a new poetry and book blog from a friend from The Book Club Forum.

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Book Blogger Hop

I’m taking part in this great project (should we call it that? I think it is the best word) again this week. Last week I found some great blogs and hope to this week too. I’ll let you know what I come across.

If you’re here from the hop feel free to pop a comment here and I’ll make sure I visit your blog (if I haven’t already).


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New blogs

I thought that as I have joined in the Blog Hop this week I’d let you guys know about the new blogs I have found and liked the look of. They’re all over at Blogger (which is a bit of a shame because it makes following my comments a it difficult) and some I’ve discovered directly from the list and others from looking at the blogs of people who have visited here.

Never Fading Wood this is probably the favourite at least immediately. I found a lot I visited were full of memes, and while one or two memes are good, and maybe can tell you a bit about books too many are discouraging, at least for me, because I’m interested in reviews most of all.

The Betty and Boo Chronicles it was this entry that made me follow this blog really. I’m quite interested in the cooking topics too but it took a bit too long to find an actual review.

A Novel Review I like the articles on this blog, which seem to be similar to the musings about books that I post every once in a while but more frequent, one is even on the same topic as my latest musing! I’m also noticing  and that she has read a few books I have so think we may have similar taste

Escapism through Books‘ review of Hugh Lawrie’s The Gun Seller was so passionate I couldn’t not bookmark it!

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