Category Archives: Sunday Surfing

Sunday Surfing 15/10/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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I was very lazy last week and posted nothing, so this is 2 weeks worth of links

Around the web this week

18 Book Characters Who Accurately Represent Mental Illness

Nicholas Flamel will be in the Next ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film

Podcasts For Book Lovers

Beautiful British Libraries

Books That Helped People Through Hard Times

 

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

Heavenali’s Review of ‘Strong Poison’

The ‘House Cup Reading Challenge’ Starts Today

 

And on the blog this week…

Great Kindle Deals for October

The Kids read ‘Mr Big’

I Signed up for ‘The House Cup Reading Challenge’ 

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Sunday Surfing 1/10/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

Authors Responses to Their Books Being Banned Harper Lee is so savage!

J.K Rowling Isn’t Going to Give Fans Something They’ve Been Asking for This has to be ‘The Scottish Book’, right?

Banned Children’s Books to Read

 

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

‘Tomes With Tea’ is Doing a Number of Blogger Spotlights Whilst She’s Away

‘Book Chatter’ Talks About Books With Autistic Characters

 

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed ‘Choose to Rise: The Victory Within’

The Kids read ‘I Want My Potty’

 

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Sunday Surfing 24/9/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

How Winnie the Pooh Swallowed Two Lives

This post about Loving Books reads almost like a love letter

Read Extracts from all the Books on the Booker Short List

 

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

Lit and Life’s Review of ‘The Martian’ made me remember why I added it to my wishlist

 

And on the blog this week…

Film of the Book: The Circle

The Kids read ‘My Mum’

 

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Sunday Surfing 17/9/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

The Strangest Requests made of Booksellers and Librarians

Apparently Roald Dahl Intended for Charlie of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ to be black

The Bronte’s Game is Becoming a Children’s Novel

Every Book J.K Rowling Has Ever Recommended

 

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

So You Want to Read Ian McEwan?

 

And on the blog this week…

Top 10 Tuesday was all about the Best Books Read in the History of the Blog

The Kid read ‘Mr Bear says Can I Have a Hug?’

 

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Sunday Surfing 10/9/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

This Bookshop Travels the World Selling Books

Favourite Books of Famous Authors

The most Popular Reviews on Goodreads

The Most Common and Strangest Books Which have Been Left at B&Bs

Authorised Prequel for ‘Dracula’ Based on Stoker’s Notes to be Published

‘House on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ is Being Made into a Film I hope it does the book justice, read my review of the book here

The Story Behind the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Illustrations

Can You Find Wally in 360º?

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

It’s Almost Ninja Bookswap Time 

And on the blog this week…

Top 10 Tuesday was all about Books I Abandoned

I Looked at This Month’s Kindle Deals

I Reviewed ‘The Circle’

There’s Still a Few Hours Left to win ‘Yes Means Yes’ enter at the bottom of the review

 

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Sunday Surfing 3/9/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

How Book Lovers are Helping (and can help) Victims of Harvey 

A book of Fairytales Based on Notes From Mark Twain Are Being Published 

Stephen King has a Special ‘guilt table’ for Books He Needs to Comment on this is like the list of reviews to write waiting on my goodreads list…but to the extreme!

Usborne has Apologised for a Puberty Book Which Says Girls Grow Breasts ‘to make the girl look grown-up and attractive’   I just wonder why it’s taken 4 years for anyone to notice?

WW2 Fiction Released This Year we know I love books based during wartime, can anyone recommend any of these?

Terry Pratchett’s Unfinished Novels have Been Steamrolled I agree with Pratchett’s wishes here, it always makes me a bit uncomfortable when novels are finished and released posthumously

Early Mobile Libraries this sounds awesome, almost wish it still existed in the same form

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

Nut Free Nerd’s review of ‘The Road’ made me want to read a book I’ve known a little about for a long time.

Literary Lindsey’s Review of ‘My Glory Was I Had Such Friends’ made me already start to feel the emotions I thought the book would rise in me (Lindsey seems to be becoming a bit of a fixture in this section!)

Bookishly Boisterous’ Reflections on Being a Nerd which will resonate with many in the bookish community, and which I tried to comment on only for blogger to completely eat my comment 😦

I’ve started following new to me blogs Feminism in Cold Storage and Book Chatter

And on the blog this week…

‘Children’s Hour’ is back and we read ‘Sometimes I Feel Sunny’

I reviewed ‘Yes Means Yes’  and I’m giving away a copy at the end of the review

Top Ten Lesser Known War Novels

 

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SuMonday Surfing 28/8/17


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SuMonday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

This weekend I was ill and staying at my Dad’s (I’m still ill but back home) so I decided rather than taking my computer with me I would just postpone a day.

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Around the web this week

Looks Like this Book Bought its Way on to the ‘New York Times’ Bestseller List

Books in Happy Meals Are Back (if you’re in the US)

The Estate that Inspired ‘The Great Gatsby’ is up for Sale (read my review of Gatsby)

The Most Reviewed Books on Amazon I’ve read a fair few of these, which have you read?

10 Literary Blogs to Read I was hoping more of these would be blogs which are just blogs rather than blogs of bigger companies, but they’re still worth having a look at

 

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

A Mass Subscription Unboxing on ‘Curiosity Killed The Bookworm’ I’ve been vaguely thinking about getting a subscription box, this is good to see what sort of things a few boxes provide

Literary Lindsey’s Review of ‘Word For Word’ made me want to read it despite it not being exactly what I thought it would be

I’ve been looking at booktube a bit recently. It seems a bit YA based for my tastes but ‘Tomes with Tea‘ recommended this vlogger ‘Mercy’s Bookish Musings’ who seems to have fairly similar taste to me. The first video of hers I watched is at the bottom of the post

And on the blog this week…

Top 10  Important Books for Teenagers

I Asked What You Would Like to See a Review of

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 20/8/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

Waterstones and Richard Osman are Looking For Nominations of ‘The Best Book Ever’

Is The Booker Prize bad for authors?

New Merriam-Webster Feature Allows You to Find Out Words Which Were First Coined in a Particular Year. In My birth year some interesting ones were GIF, emoticon and techno which I thought would be later than 1987

Are Fears of Triggering Causing More Books to be Banned?

A Novelist Who Wanted to Write a Book About a Novelist Who Committed Murder has Been Arrested for Murder and it seems she did it.

This Woman Gives Away Books From Her Shelves to Visitors. It seems like a nice idea, but I don’t think I could part with my books so easily

 

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

Literary Lindsey Wonders About the Importance of Understanding What You Read

Top 10 Tuesday is Back on ‘The Broke and the Bookish I joined in (link below) but had trouble commenting on blogger blogs, ay other wordpress users had this issue this week?

And on the blog this week…

Top 10 Non-fiction Books

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Sunday Surfing 13/8/17


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging, and from other blogs. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

The Boom of Female Stories

Love Stories Reimagined as Stephen King Books

A Different Way to Look at Mrs. Bennet. I find it hard not to imagine the BBC’s Mrs. Bennet, but actually this article really has her on the nose

Quentin Blake and Lauren Child in Conversation

The Ten Most Addicting Books I’ve somehow managed to read only 1 of these, which was good, but not addictive (also is addicting a word? Surely it should be addictive? WordPress doesn’t give it a red squiggle though)

!NEW! On other Blogs this Week

Heavenali reviewed ‘The Power’ (my own review is up and coming)

Greenish Bookshelf reviewed a long time favourite ‘The Book Thief’ (my review is here)

Read at Midnight’s Reading Quest looks like such good fun but I don’t think I have enough books that can be used for it.

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed ‘Animal’

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Sunday Surfing 13/3/16


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

 

The Booker Prize Longlist has Been Revealed

This Young Gil Opened a Library in the Slums

Men Give Up on Books Quicker Than Women Do

And on the blog this week…

 

I reviewed ‘The Radleys’

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Sunday Surfing 6/3/16


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

 

Writer Louise Renson has Passed Away. I remember reading the Georgia Nicholson books as a teenager.

Axel Scheffler has Said There Would Have Been ‘No Gruffalo Without (the) EU’

 

Beatrix Potter’s Lost Book is Being Released. This is the Cover

Le Prix de la Page’ Literary Prize Picks books by Reading Just to Page 112

Reasons to be Proud of Being a Book Horder

The Library is Allowing People to Donate Food in Lieu of Fines

Writers With Strange Deaths

And on the blog this week…

Lots of great kindle deals this month

 

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Sunday Surfing 29/2/16


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Apparently I haven’t posted a Sunday Surfing for six months (thanks for that jolt of reality wordpress) so I’m posting some older links too.

Around the web this week

 

This bookshop is giving a discount to people who ‘open carry’ guns

The most borrowed library books in the UK

Reading for pleasure could make you happier

Popular names invented by authors -I don’t get the whole call it a baby name thing, it’s not like we shed names as we grow up)

Simon and Schuster are releasing an imprint for Muslim children’s books -don’t really get why it needs a separate imprint but it’s good that they are trying to get more books with non-white children.

Bones of woman who inspired ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ may have been found

 

And on the blog this week…

I talked about the ballet of Raven Girl

I reviewed Why Not Me?

 

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Sunday Surfing 6/9/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

A Group of Authors Are Raising Money for Syria. Different authors are matching £10,000 each, as I type they’ve raised over £860,000 you can donate here

Books to Read if You Love Haruki Murakami

How Books Changed This Prisoner’s Life

How Reading Books is Better to Reading e-books

Bookish Sand Sculptures

Why Books Are Dangerous

It’s been a while since I’ve put a video in here but I couldn’t resist this little bookworm

 

And on the blog this week…

 

Blogiversary Giveaway

I Reviewed ‘Hallucinations’

The Kids Read ‘Dinosaur Kisses’

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Sunday Surfing 30/8/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Which YA Book to Read Based on Your Favourite Disney Princess

The Benefits of Reading Before Bed

A Japanese Bookseller Bought Most of the Copies of Murukami’s Latest Book to Hold Off The Online Sellers

The Best Selling e-books of 2015 (so far)

‘American Gods’ is Being Adapted For TV

Oliver Sacks, Neuropsychologist and Writer Has Died

And on the blog this week…

Food in Literature 101

The Kids Read ‘I’m Not Sleepy’

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Sunday Surfing 23/8/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

 

Run a Bookshop, as Your Holiday

Jonathan Franzen Considered Adopting an Iraqi Orphan so he Could Learn about Young People. I don’t even know where to start with this one

The Book that Claims it Can Put Your Child to Sleep

Why Bedtime Stories Are Good for Kids

Play the tumblr Book Themed Game

And on the blog this week…

I Talked About What is Happening With Libraries in Birmingham

The Kids Read ‘Shh! We Have a Plan’

 

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Sunday Surfing 16/8/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

Mistakes You May Be Making When Reading 

Books in a Tweet, Do They Encourage Reading?

Why Paper Books Won’t Die (long but worth the read)

Why Mark Haddon Doesn’t Mind That ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ Has Been Censored

The Books Obama is Reading This Summer

Bad Things Are Happening to Libraries Here in Birmingham

Fake Books in Film

Are You Living in a Haruki Murakami Novel?

And on the blog this week…

Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

The Kids Read ‘Ruby Roars’

 

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Sunday Surfing 9/8/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

 

A Night at the Harry Potter Hotel

Could You Answer Questions Asked of Booksellers?

This 7-year old Created a Comic About a Girl With Magic Afro Puffs

Which Margaret Atwood Should You Read?

What One Female Author Found When She Send Her Manuscript Under a Male Name

The First Books Authors Loved

Misconceptions About Harry Potter Fans

And on the blog this week…

Deals of the Moment

The Kids Read ‘Tip Tip, Dig Dig’

I Reviewed ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’

 

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Sunday Surfing 5/7/15


bird surf Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week. Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Books Children Should Read Before Finishing Primary School (according to teachers)

The Trailer For ‘Mockingjay Part 2’ is Out

And So is the Trailer for ‘Room

Picture Books Which Go Against Girlish Stereotypes

Read the First Chapter of ‘I Am Malala

The Man Booker Longlist was Revealed

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed ‘Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?’

Lucybird’s Book Blog is now on tumblr

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Sunday Surfing 26/7/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

 

Most Popular Highlighted Quotes on Kindle (Excluding ‘The Hunger Games’)

The Moment Haruki Murakami Knew He Would Be a Writer

Can ‘Buzzfeed’ Guess How Old You Are Based on Your Taste in Books? Well it couldn’t with me…

There’s a Drop in Younger Children Visiting Libraries

And on the blog this week…

The Kids Read ‘One Bear At Bedtime’

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Sunday Surfing 19/7/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

 

Why ‘Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf’ is Feminist.

Brain Scans May Indicate Which Children May Go on to Struggle With Reading

‘Go Set a Watchman’ Breaks First Day Sales Records

Is There a Third ‘Mockingbird’ Novel?

Should the Book World Fear Amazon?

Publishers Earn More than Authors on e-book sales

And on the blog this week…

 

I Reviewed ‘Stardust’

I Talked About the Last 10 Books I Aquired

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Sunday Surfing 12/7/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

A Reader’s Manifesto

Shirley Hughes Has Won the Booktrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award

“The Girl on the Train’ Has Broken Book Sales Records

Childhood Books Explained as an Adult

Book Lover’s on Instagram and In Real Life

Is this the Real Reason People Buy Kindles? For me, no.

Bad Love Advice From Literature

The Advertisers of the New ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Book Are Allowing One ‘Lucky’ Fan to Advertise the Book on Their Skin

Read the First Chapter of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’

Or listen to it…

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed ‘A God in Ruins’

And ‘The Winter Guest’

And ‘The Thirteenth Tale’

I Looked at Kindle Deals this Month

And I Talked About my Reading Habits

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 5/7/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

The Dangers of Living a Bookish Life

‘Go Set a Watchman’ May Have Been Discovered Before it was ‘Discovered’ This whole thing sounds so manufactured.

The Most Popular Books Set in Each Country in Europe

Bookish Summer Activities for the Kids

 

And on the blog this week…

The kids Read ‘Dinosaur Roar!’

I Reviewed ‘Moranthology’

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Sunday Surfing 28/6/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

Authors Say the National Curriculum is Damaging Children’s Creative Writing

Book Franchises Which Need to be Left

Guardian Readers Recommend Indie Bookstores

Amazon Plans to Pay Kindle Authors Only for Pages Buyers have Read

J.K. Rowling has Revealed Why the Dursley’s Disliked Harry So Much

And Has Revealed There is a Harry Potter Stage Show Coming Soon

Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down According to Buzzfeed Readers

The Problems With Buying Books

 

And on the blog this week…

The Kids Read ‘Wow! Said the Owl’

I Posted Some Short Reviews

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Sunday Surfing 21/6/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

The Significance of Shoes in Literature

Books for Kids About Refugees

Waterproof Books

Questions J.K. Rowling Needs to Answer

 

And on the blog this week…

The kids Read ‘Banana’

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Sunday Surfing 14/6/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

 

Books Which are Straightforward About Mental Health

Books to Read Before the Films Come Out

A Book Lover’s Life

Paulo Coelho is Telling Readers to Try His Book Before They Buy it

And on the blog this week…

The kids Read ‘I’m Not Reading’

 

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Sunday Surfing 7/6/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

‘Go Set a Watchman’ is Harper-Collins’ Most Pre-ordered Book Ever

Ali Smith Won the Bailey’s Prize

Reasons to Read More (as is you need an excuse)

On Recommending Books

Stories About Men are More Likely to Win Literary Prizes

E.L. James is Releasing a New ’50 Shades of Grey’ Books From Christian’s Point of View. Words one, trick and pony spring to mind.

And on the blog this week…

The Kids Read ‘It’s Mine’

Deals of the Moment

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Sunday Surfing- Bumper Edition


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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The last couple of weeks I’ve been busy so there’s been no Sunday Surfing. So this is a bumper edition.

Around the web

What Would Jane Austen and Other Famous Authors Tweet? 

A Google Map of Book Settings

Books for People Who Love the Harry Potter Series

Books You Can Read in Under an Hour

Minister of Culture Invited to Talk About Future of Libraries

21 Books All Women Should Read

Tattoos Inspired by Books

A New Image from the Harry Potter Illustrated Edition has Been Released. At this rate we won’t even need to buy the book.

The Devil Wears Prada is Becoming a Musical

Reasons to Date a Woman Who Reads

And on the blog…

The kids read ‘Kipper’s Ball’

And ‘Is it Bedtime Wibbly Pig?’

And ‘I’m Not Cute’

I reviewed ‘Godsquad’

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Sunday Surfing 10/5/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

J.K Rowling Has Spoken Out Against Abuse on Twitter

Mindy Kaling Has Revealed the Release Date For Her Latest Book

Book Lover’s Problems

Children’s Books Which Inspired Future Writers

Children’s Books Which Promote Deaf Awareness

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed ‘Ajax Penumbra: 1969’

 The kid’s read ‘Puffin Peter’

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Sunday Surfing 3/5/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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Around the web this week

Ruth Rendell Passed Away

A Couple is Suing a Number of Indie Book Publishers Because a Photo of Them Was Used on the Cover of an Erotic Novel.

Anti-Nazi Graphic Novel Maus Has Been Banned in Russia under anti-nazi propaganda laws, because that makes sense

Should Hardcover Books Cost More?

UK Publishers Ordered to Stop Selling ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ Over Royalties Battle

Would You Survive the Journey to Mount Doom?

And on the blog this week…

I Posted Some Short Reviews

I Reviewed ‘Raven Girl’

And ‘The Dirt’

The Kids Read ‘Fix It’

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Sunday Surfing 26/4/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

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I’ve been on jury duty this week, which meant I’ve had a fair bit of time to sit and find interesting stuff online, this is going to be a long Sunday Surfing!

Around the web this week

80% of the Books Challenged Last Year Featured Diversity and/or Different Cultures

Little Reviews of All the Books on the World Book Night List

The Internet Seems to be Going Crazy on This Fan Theory of Why the Dursley’s Were so Horrible to Harry– even though it’s full of giant holes.

Memorable Animals in Literature

Around Half of the Money Earned By Writers is Earned by Just 5% of Them

Get Sorted by the Sorting Bot

And See if You Would Survive the Battle of Hogwarts

Why ‘Pay What You Want’ Bookshops Won’t Work

And on the blog this week…

Just one post, my evenings have been more busy!

How to Know You’re Still a Potterhead

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Sunday Surfing 19/4/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Oyster’s 100 Best Books of the Decade so far

10 Things You May Not Have Known About ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Why ‘High Fidelity’ is Still Relevant

Book Riot is Recruiting. Today is the last day for applications

And on the blog this week…

The kids Read ‘No Matter What’

I Reviewed ‘The Girls At the Kingfisher Club’

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Sunday Surfing 12/4/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Audrey Niffenegger is Writing a Sequel to ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’

There is a Hunger Games Theme Park Opening

Royals Who Have Written Books

Diagrams for Readers

Opps! Quote on Maya Angelo Stamp is Not Actually From her

Buzzfeed wants to Guess Your Age Based on Your Taste in Books

Looks like Paper Books are Here to Stay

Amazing European Libraries. My local Library of Birmingham is in this list

20 Reasons to be a Reader

Popularity of Names from Game of Thrones is Rising

Men Still Dominate Literary Criticism, but the Gap is Closing

And on the blog this week…

I posted some Short Reviews

The kids read Barry The Fish With Fingers and The Hairy Scary Monster

I looked at this months Deals of the Moment

And I posted a Clue for The Last Treasure Hunt Giveaway

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Sunday Surfing 5/4/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Realistic YA

New ‘Stieg Larsson’ Book Cover Revealed

Excerpt from ‘Winds of Winter’ Released

Which Bennett Sister Are You? I got Elizabeth (yay)

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Guest Cat

 

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Sunday Surfing 1/3/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

The Cover for the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was Revealed

And So Were the US and UK Covers of Go Set a Watchman.

Things You Can Do With Your Kindle. I didn’t know you can take a screen shot, that could be helpful

On Moving Books

Books With Strong Female Characters

The Finalists for the International Booker Prize Were Revealed

The Game of Thrones TV Series Will Spoil the Books

And on the blog this week…

The kids read ‘Incy-Wincy Spider’

I talked about Cover Art and New Covers

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Sunday Surfing 22/3/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Audible Releasing ‘Straight to audio’ Books. Not sure how I feel about this, I suppose it gives some extra scope for storytelling, but when does it cease to be a book and become a play?

Facts About ‘The Scarlet Letter’

Harry Potter Scenes Which Should Have Been in the Films

YA Books Adults Should Read

How Many Books From Lost Have You Read?

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Pigeon Wings

And We Should All Be Feminists

The kids read Mr Nosey and the Big Surprise

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Sunday Surfing 14/3/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Author Terry Pratchett Died

Alabama Finds no Evidence of Elderly Abuse to Harper Lee

50 Books About Inspirational Women

Fears and Struggles of Readers

10 Book Charities

The Longlist for the Bailey’s Prize was Announced

Sign-ups for Bloggiesta are open

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed More Fool Me

The kids read Bruno’s Box

I talked about books for Feminist Readers

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Sunday Surfing 8/3/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

This Kid Was Send Home From School on World Book Day for Dressing as Christian Grey

A Maya Angelo Stamp is Being Released (in the US)

Famous Literary Rumours

J.K Rowling Was Re-Tweeting Picture of People Dressed Up as Harry Potter Characters.

And I am the Luckiest Unlucky Potterhead yes I am still squeeing

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Diplomat’s Wife

I looked at current kindle deals

Top 10 favourite books from the last 3 years

The kids shared their favourite books.

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Sunday Surfing 1/3/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Studies Which Show Show Paper Books Still Have It

Are Women Hardwired to Love Thrillers?

The Funniest Neil Gaiman Tweets of All Time. 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed How to Build a Girl

The kids read Freddie Goes Swimming

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Sunday Surfing 22/2/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Outfit Ideas for World Book Day (it’s on the 5th March)

Therapy Dogs Help Struggling Readers

The Child Author Who Disappeared

A Lost Sherlock Holmes Story has Been Discovered

Andi @ Estella’s Revenge Talks About Blogging Pressure

Pharrell’s Happy To Be Turned into a Children’s Book. Not sure how I feel about this, but it gives me an excuse to post the video!

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Casual Vacancy

If You Could Remember Just One Book for the Rest of Your Life What Would You Want It To Be?

The kids read Row Your Boat

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Sunday Surfing 15/2/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bookworms

Books and Films About Modern War

Why Romeo and Juliet Isn’t Romantic.

Times When the Harry Potter Books Were Really Clever

Confessions of a Literature Addict

Harry Potter Based Valentine’s Day Cards

How Books Can Help Mental Health

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed ‘Tampa

And ‘Humans: An A to Z

The Kids Read ‘When I Was a Baby’

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 8/2/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

There’s  New Harper Lee Novel Coming Out

J.K. Rowling is Answering Questions

Boy Suspended for Threatening Another Child With the ‘One Ring’

Books for Kids Similar to Their Favourite TV Shows

The Book Cover Which Judges You

Children’s Books on Bereavement

First Drafts of Favourite Novels

No More A Song of Ice and Fire books for 2015

The Best Feminist Picture Books

And on the blog this week…

I Talked About Harper Lee’s New Novel, and the Problems With New Books From Famous Authors

The Kids Read ‘Suddenly’

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 4/1/15


bird surfOk so weird things happen. For some reason wordpress decided this was a draft not an actual post…and I just realised, so here it is…

Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Feminist Picture Books

Churchill in Fiction

British Bookshelves Average 86 Books. I have a feeling I have posted this before…

Still Alice Being Prescribed to Dementia Patients.  In terms of the article there are at least two problems immediately, but the information is interesting. I’m planning a musings post on this sometime this week.

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Kommandant’s Girl

The Kids Read Sometimes I Like to Curl Up In a Ball

 

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Sunday Surfing 25/1/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

The Greatest TV Adaptations of Books

Behind the Deception of ‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’

The Best Novels of the 21st Century.

Authors Favourite Games

Books You Should Read Based on Your Favourite TV Shows

The Ban on Sending Books to Prisoners Has Been Lifted. Yay!

Signs that Prove You’re a Book Addict. This is based on kids, but I think it still applies, mainly.

Why Harry Potter Fans Are Awesome

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Night

I showed you the top 10 books on my wishlist

And I hand wrote a review for ‘Trains and Lovers’

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Sunday Surfing 18/1/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

10 Signs You’re a Bibliophile

Children’s Reading Simultaneously Rising and Falling -huh?

Illustrations From the Illustrated Harry Potter.

Books to Breed Tolerance

Choose Your Own Adventure on Twitter you don’t need an account to take part

And on the blog this week…

Review of the Year 2014: Children’s Hour

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 11/1/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

20 Literary Facts

Less Children Are Reading For Pleasure

Books to Read Before the Film Comes Out

The ‘Facebook Book Club’ is Massively Increasing Book Sales

Books to Read Based on Your Childhood Favourites

Haruki Murakami is Going to be an Agony Uncle. Yes you read that right

And on the blog this week…

Review of the Year: Challenges

Review of the Year: Fiction

Review of the Year: Non-fiction

Review of the Year: Popular Posts

Children’s Hour: Silly Suzy Goose

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Sunday Surfing 4/1/15


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

First Sunday Surfing of 2015!

Around the web this week

err well over the last 2 weeks actually!

The Year Ahead in Books

And in Films Based on Books

Quotes from Writers Who Died in 2014

30 of the Best Parents in Literature

Why We Love Roald Dahl

The Origins of 11 Nursery Rhymes

Are You As Well Read As Lisa Simpson?

 

And on the blog this week…

Review of the Year 2014: Overview

Children’s Hour: Shh! We Have a Plan

I Reviewed How To Be a Heroine

And Texts From Jane Eyre

I re-read the Harry Potter Books

December Deals (some of these are still applicable)

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 21/12/14


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Amazon Removed a Book for Containing Too Many Hyphens It has since been put back on sale

The Most Recommended Book is To Kill a Mockingbird

Guardian Readers Think These Were the Best Books of 2014

Famous Writer’s Favourite Snacks

The Problems With Kindle

J.K Rowling’s Favourite Harry Potter Quote. I’m quite fond of this one too

A Report Says Libraries Should be More Like Coffee Shops. Hmm maybe if they had quiet corners

Which Children’s Book Character Are You? I got Bilbo Baggins

 

And on the blog this week…

The kids read weather books.

I’m at my partner’s parents next weekend so there may be no Sunday Surfing (or I may release it on Monday). I will certainly still be tweeting links though.

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 14/12/14


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Watching the Final Harry Potter Film for the First Time. There is a whole series of these, I recommend reading them all- and I’m not even a fan of the films

When Adaptations Go Good

Fewer Than Half of Bestsellers are Actually Completed by Readers

As Cuts Are Being Made to Libraries Library Usage is Falling

Famous Authors on Readers

The Australian Prime Minister Has Overruled His Panel To Award a Book Award To Richard Flanagan

Writer and Journalist Malcolm Gladwell has Been Accused of Plagiarism

Vote For the Book of the Year in The National Book Awards

And on the blog this week…

I didn’t finish ‘The Teacher Wars’

The kids read ‘The Jungle Run’

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Sunday Surfing 7/12/14


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Kent Haruf has Passed Away

The World Book Night Books Have Been Revealed. There are some good ones on the list this year but I still wish they let readers choose.

‘Hawt’ and ‘Obamacare’ are Amongst the New Words Added to the Online Oxford English Dictionary.

Ben Okri has Won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Authors Who Wrote Themselves into Their Work

 

And on the blog this week…

The Kids Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I Posted my Annual Bookish Gifts Post

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Sunday Surfing 30/11/14


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Sunday Surfing is my weekly feature (inspired by Chrisbookarama‘s Friday Bookish Buzz, which is one of my favourite features) where I share my favourite links from during the week, about books and blogging. Plus a little about what’s happened on the blog this week.

Let’s get started.

Around the web this week

Author P.D James has Died

Charts that ‘Hunger Games’ Fans will Understand

Harry Potter Fan Theories Which Might Be True (I’m sorry but the Sirius/Lupin pairing is not ‘crazy’)

T-shirts for the Bookish

Libraries and Museums are Showing Empty Displays to Protest Against New Copyright Laws

Which Gothic Literary Character Are You?

 

And on the blog this week…

I think I’ve made up for the quiet week last week

I reviewed Clovenhoof

I talked about the Mockingjay Film

The kids read ‘I Don’t Want to Go to Bed’

I reviewed Circ

And talked about the process of writing a collaborative novel as part of a competition (which Circ was)

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