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It’s Harry Potter Week on Lucybird’s Book Blog


 

Yes that’s right, in commemoration of the release of the final Harry Potter film and the end of an era this week is going to be Harry Potter Week here  at Lucybird’s Book Blog.

I’ll be posting a Harry Potter related post everyday this week, starting off with a review of the film later today. Plus keep tuned tomorrow for my Harry Potter Giveaway.

Plus everyday I’m going to be posting links to Harry Potter reviews on other blogs, so if you would like your blog to be featured please link me to your post.

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Because I want to!


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Oh I really shouldn’t have made that my title! I have The Billie Piper song in my head now (I dare you to click the link go on!). Was that really 1998? Yeah shut-up Lucy.

So if you can’t guess from that beginning I really wanted to write a blog post today, but I have no reviews to post because I’ve finished no books this week, and no inspiration for a musings post. Which leaves me sitting here with a blank page and a Billie Piper song stuck in my head.

suddenly this is turning into a post about Billie Piper, strange for a book blog right. Err but it can connect I suppose err Billie Piper plays Hannah in The Secret Diary of a London Call Girl which was a book first (or was it a blog first, whatever I read the book before there was a TV show). Out of interest has anyone read The Further Adventures of a London Call Girl, is it any good? It’s been on my wishlist for literally years.

Ok so I thought maybe talk about why there has been no review this week. It’s pretty unusual for me not to read a book in a week, my general rate is pretty much a book a week, a review a week which is a comfortable level for me, I don’t feel the need to blog everyday and so long as I get a none meme post off about once a week I’m happy, if it’s more that’s even better. Yes this week I have posted none meme posts (both about Pottermore I think, but so what it’s exciting!), so why do I feel the need to blog today?

I suppose it’s unusual for me not to post a review and that makes me feel somewhat out of sorts. Especially when I have already read 6 books this month, somewhat of a record for me. Not that this fixes that but whatever. Blogging for the sake of blogging right?

Why haven’t I finished a book this week? While I can honestly say I’m not getting on too well with The Piano Tuner. I’m about 150 pages in currently which is past my I can give up if I get to this point, point. So that means it’s not a total loss, but I think it still says something when it takes me a week to get to a point that would usually take me a couple of days. I don’t know what it is with the book really. I can tell the style of writing is good and everything feels very authentic it just doesn’t really feel like much is happening. Sure things have happened, and those are the parts that have kept me reading really, for more parts like that. It still feel like a scene is being set too which makes me think there’s still some potential for this to be a good book, it’s just taking it’s time getting there.

It think it says something that I didn’t really feel like reading it one evening and picked up a book which has been on my To Be Read Pile for about 6 years, Pooh and the Psychologists. It’s a book that feels right to read slowly. It’s a bit silly, and a bit far-fetched but the psychology behind it is genuine enough and the way it’s presented it pretty fun. It’s not going to replace The Piano Tuner, because I can see it driving me crazy if it was all I was reading but it’s good as something light and easy enough to put down before bed.

So yes there is no review instead there’s a random post which can only very loosely be called a post of musings!

Actually speaking of random musings I found a bookmark in The Book Tuner (it was sent to me from bookmooch), it’s one of those arty type book marks which doesn’t really look that arty but like he sort of picture postcard art which is really a bit tacky. All the same it’s quite nice to find things in books. You could say I found something in Pooh and the Psychologists too (bought from a charity bookshop) but that was a message because the book was originally a present. I actually thought the message sounded quite personal at the time and that it was quite sad that someone had given away the book, but apparently I have an unnatural attachment to my books. The boyfriend has the attitude that it doesn’t matter if they get battered because you can always buy another (which makes me tell him off when he throws book across the room…yes I did say throws).

Oh and on the 100 page policy. I started it after reading the first Harry Potter, because I may actually have never finished it if it hadn’t been the school holidays and I wanted to read something because it took quite a lot for me to get through the first few chapters, but it’s ended up being a favourite of mine (even if I do still started at The Shack in the Sea). So to stop the same happening again I told myself that I couldn’t give up on a book until I had read at least 100 pages. It seemed a sensible number of pages, readable in a day if I really raced through them (although that barely ever happens when I am contemplating giving up, and if it did I would probably decide to carry on because I don’t really like giving up on books, and it would only take a little longer to do), long enough that a scene could be set and the story really started, but not so long that it would feel like a chore to get that far. In reality I rarely do give up at 100 pages, I have to really hate a book to do that. If there is any sign of promise I will plough on. It’s seems a pretty good system, I have ended up loving books that I considered giving up before 100 pages. Maybe the struggle makes it more rewarding?

Right am going to shut-up now. Well done if you got this far through all the waffle, especially all the rubbish about Billie Piper at the beginning! Maybe you should reward yourself by entering my giveaway?

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Armchair BEA: Blogging about blogging


Today Armchair BEA is talking about blogging, or if you want the blog bit of book blogs.

Well what can I say. I try to make my blog what I would wants for a blog. My reviews are probably shorter than a lot of bloggers out there but that’s mainly because I wouldn’t want to read long reviews myself, I like reviews that get to the point, and that’s what I try to do.

I’m also not the biggest one for memes, I won’t keeping looking at a blog if I see no reviews, or at least original content, on the first page because I find there’s something a little artificial about memes. I only take part in two myself. The Book Blogger Hop (hosted at crazy-for-books) which is a great way to connect with the blogging world, I’ve found some fantastic blogs through it and I take part most weeks. I’ve also set up my own blog hop, the Out the Comfort Zone Hop, which is designed to take bloggers outside their comfort zone when it comes to which blogs they visit. I find that I often only visit blogs I believe will be similar to my own, and I think I could be missing out, I thought other bloggers might do the same so I aimed to create a blog hop which would broaden horizans. Both are taking place right now so feel free to ‘hop’ over.

As well as book reviews (and the occasional meme) I post reviews of films which are based on books- looking at them as compared to books, and musings about book related topics.

Feel free to ask any questions about my blog, or about me 🙂

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Armchair BEA 2011


I’m a little late for the party but I just found out about the armchair BEA and am very excited to be participating. Seeing as I live in the UK getting to the ‘real’ Book Expo America isn’t the easiest thing for me! It’s good that I can join in without actually being there.

So about me…My name’s Lucy, I live in Birmingham in the UK. I’m 24, I’m a nursery nurse and absolutely love my job. I do lots of my reading on the bus because it takes me about an hour to get to work each day and an hour to get back. My taste in books is pretty varied but I mainly read contemporary fiction. I read a fair bit of historical fiction, usually focussed around the two world wars, a little Young Adult and very occasionally some Chick Lit. I read some none fiction too, mainly psychology stuff (I have a psychology degreee and I like o keep my feet in the psychology world). My wishlist is pretty much out of control but I almost never buy books from it because I get caught up in the 3 for 2s at Waterstones.

Some of my favourite books are the Harry Potter books and I pretty much credit them with my internet life, it all started off when I joined the forums over at the Bloomsbury website (which sadly no longer exist). I also love Phillip Pulman’s His Dark Materials, books by Sebastian Fawkes, The Time Traveller’s Wife, books by Jodi Picoult, Captain Correli’s Mandolin, The Historian, and books by Haruki Marukami.

When I’m not reading (or working) I like shopping, listening to music, watching TV (at the moment I’m mainly watching Glee, How I met Your Mother and The Apprentice) and anime, watching films and hanging around online.

My blog is mainly focussed around the book reviews. I don’t really take part in memes, just The Book Blogger Hop. I sometimes post musings as well to do with the bookworld and I post reviews of films which are based on books. I’ve just launched a new blog hop which is designed to get people looking at blogs which they wouldn’t normally look at, pop by sometime between Thursday and Sunday if you’d like to join in.

Thanks for dropping by, feel free to have a look around and comment on whatever you like 🙂

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Changes


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You may or may not have noticed some little changes to my blog in the last week and months. Now that they are all done I think it’s time I summerise them

1) New layout: this is the first things I changed, it’s not greatly different but now the different pages are displayed at the top as well as at the side which I think is easier, and it’s a bit brighter.

2) Option to browse reviews by title or author. Previously I only listed books by title but I thought that as sometimes I will look for other books by favourite authors other people might like this option too.

3) I have re-done my links, they are now actually places I visit and and you can see them! Have a look through there are some wonderful blogs there, plus some of the book related sites I visit.

4) I’ve changed my categories so you can now look at books by genre or subject rather than just by fiction/non-fiction, hopefully this will make it easier to look for the kind of books you like, select categories by the drop down menu one the right.

5) I plan on taking my own photos to go alongside my review, but I haven’t started this yet

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Newness


Some changes are coming. Only little ones, you probably will barely notice! Seeing as Vanity Fair is taking a long time I thought I would do a few things I’ve been meaning to do for a while. As the start of this I have made a master list off all the reviews posted on my site (see side link). I may also post one listed by author, but haven’t decided yet.

I will also be posting up old reviews which I wrote before this blog came into being.

So expect a lot of activity over the next few days 🙂

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My first award!


Squeeeeee! This has made me so excited. BookQuoter over at A Thousand Books with Quotes has given me 3 (count them, 3!) awards as I am part of her blog roll 😀 Thank you, thank you, thank you!

For this award there are a series of questions…

1. If you blog anonymously are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous do  you wish you  had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?

I don’t really blog anonymously. My posts get cross-posted to my Facebook so people who know me in ‘real-life’ can read them. I don’t let all be known on here about who I am though, so I suppose in that sense if you find me through here I am anonymous.

2. Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side:

Oh I am so stubbon, I have an inability to accept help if I know I should be able to do something. I always get annoyed at the boyfriend when he is trying to help me with computer games.

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?

Usually I frown at my hair because it’s being stupid, then I smile to make up for the frown!

4. What is your favourite summer cold drink?

A coffee frappecino

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?

Read of course! Or laze in front of the TV and computer.

6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?

I want to be a Mum some day (not yet though!)

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever , the shy person, or always ditching?

The shy person, no doubt.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see?

The first time the boyfriend told me he loved me 🙂

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?


I have a whole blog to write about my life! I don’t update more than once a week though

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?

Reading. I don’t like talking on the phone

The two say I need to tell you 10 things about myself, so here goes:

1) I have a degree in psychology, and work in a nursery while I’m doing my NVQ in childcare. I love my job

2) I hate wearing shoes, I always take them off as soon as I get home

3) I wear hearing aids and glasses…the kids at work love to grab for them

4) I got into the internet because of Harry Potter, it’s the way I started visiting forums, and why I started my personal blog.

5) My boyfriend lives in Newcastle, I live in Birmingham- I miss him lots.

6) I finished NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago, last year I didn’t even reach 1000 words, and my completed ‘novel’ is still waiting for me to finish the first edit.

7) I started learning to drive a couple of months ago. I can’t wait till I’ve passed my test and have a car

8) I actually miss my lectures and learning about psychology- I try to replace it with psychology books but it’s not the same

9) I love coffee but can only drink Starbucks without feeling ill

10) errrrr…I don’t like fruit. I only eat purple or black grapes, green apples peeled and sliced, and pears (also peeled and sliced)

And I am going to pass these on to:

An Old Flame

The Perpetual Page Turner

Giraffe Days

Pink Sheep Cafe

I would have passed it onto A Thousand Books with Quotes too…except I’m not sure I can send them back!

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Hop along!


Can you believe it’s Friday again? And that means it’s time for the book blog hop hosted over at crazy-for-books.com The hop is a great weekly event which helps bloggers find each other. Why not hop over and add your blog to the list, and check out some great blogs while you’re there!

If you’re visiting from the hop, I hope you like my blog. Leave a comment somewhere and I’ll make sure I check out yours too.

Every week Jennifer asks the bloggers a question. This week’s question is:

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

I rate my reviews out of 5 (5 being the best, 0 the worse, although I’ve never actually rated anything 0). I’ve tried rating out of 10  but find that it’s difficult to put things in the right spot with so many numbers, but with 5 I sometimes need to you .5 to show the different between a good book or a very good book for example.

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A post not about the hop! And an explanation.


I feel bad that the last 2 posts are blog hop posts. Not that it’s bad that I participate but it looks like I do nothing else! I should have another review up some time this weekend and then things will look better right?

I suppose this is why other bloggers do all those memes. Well I suppose that’s something I could do but it’s not something I want to do. I must admit when I see a blog where there are more memes than there are reviews it puts me off. It can be interesting to know what people are reading or looking forward to, or books that people have enjoyed, but at the same time the primary reason I look at a book blog is for reviews and when I have to wade through a load of memes first I honestly just an’t be bothered. You’d really have to do something special to make me ignore my dislike of memes.

I guess in a way why I’d saying this is to explain why my blog doesn’t have as much as other blogs, because I don’t like content for contents sake, and if I started doing memes I would feel like that is what I was doing,

So there we go, a post not about the hop, and an explanation!

Have a nice weekend all.

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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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I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop. If you’re here from there welcome! Feel free to comment here and tell me about yourself and how you got here.

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Before I start


There is a review in the pipeline but I have realised it’s been a while (and well if anyone was reading Twilight for that long I would be worried!). I’ve been reading The Lucifer Effect by Phillip Zimbardo since my last review, (a worthwhile book but not easy- I shall save the rest for its review) and am about halfway through. I fancied something easier over Christmas, hence reading New Moon, but shall start back on The Lucifer Effect once I get back to work. Just know it may take a while.

Review of New Moon will be up as soon as I have written it!

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Yay first post!


Welcome to by book blog. I hope you enjoy reading my reviews and book related musings. If you’re after my personal blog have a look in the Me and books page where there is a link to my livejournal.

Have a look through my other pages to find out about me and my relationship with books, my favourites, and how this blog will work.

First review shall probably be up tomorrow now as it’s getting late

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