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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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Sunday Surfing 23/11/14


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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

 Some Cinemas in Thailand Have Cancelled Showings of Mockingjay After Students Were Arrested for Giving the Three Fingered Salute to the Prime Minister. It has been banned there after being used as a symbol against the military coup.

A Library on a Train Has Opened in Ontario

Transition Books from Child to Adulthood

Bookish Gifts

Words Invented By Writers

Sign-ups for the Holiday Card Exchange are Open

And on the blog this week…

It’s been quiet this week, hopefully I will make up for it next week…

The kids read ‘Mr Cool’

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 16/11/14


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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

Places Book Lovers Should Visit

200 Years of Jan Austen Cover Designs

Caitlin Moran’s ‘How to Build a Girl’ is Being Made into a Film. I’m yet to read the book but this will bring it up my wishlist.

Amazon Revealed Their 100 Best Books of 2014

The Amazon-Hachette War is Over

Julia Donaldson has Sold £10m Worth of Books Every Year For the Past Five Years

Books Which Have Changed People’s Lives

Liverpool’s Library Closure Plans Have Been Dropped

Waterstone’s Released Their ‘Book of the Year’ Shortlist. The only one I’ve read is Everyday Sexism, which I really didn’t think is worth the hype (and I can’t find my review of….)

And watch the video of the ‘book’ which makes water safe to drink

 

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Dexter is Delicious

The kids read Panda Big and Panda Small

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 9/11/14


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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

The Hunger Games is Coming to the Stage

Paddington Bear Statues are Popping up all Over London

Books You Should Read Based On Your Favourite Films

A Virtual Library is Opening on the Moscow Metro. This is pretty cool. You can download free e-books to your e-reader/smartphone/tablet whilst on the subway.

An Author has Allegedly Attacked a Book Reviewer. And we thought stalking was bad

Gifts for Book Lovers

 

And on the blog this week…

I Talked About Current Great Deals on Kindle

The Kids Read ‘Bridget Fidget’

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 2/11/14


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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

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop Is On

J.K. Rowling posted some new Harry Potter Stuff. Here’s What We Learned….

…and Here’s Her Story About Umbridge

How To Take Advantage of NaNoWriMo Without Taking Part in NaNoWriMo. Personally I am going to actually finish my Nano from last year

10 Things You Might Not Know About J.R.R Tolkien

The French Minister for Culture Admitted She Hasn’t Read a Book in 2 Years

Pictures Which Will Make Harry Potter Fans Laugh. Some are a bit cheesy but some are funny

Why Digital Books and Publishers Shouldn’t Be Excluded From Book Prizes

Matt Haig Said That There Are Too Many Positive Reviews…and Some People Got Offended

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Forgotten Daughter

And the kids read You’re Not So Scary Sid

 

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Sunday Surfing 26/10/14


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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

The Problems With ‘Netflix for Books’

Great Stories By Poets

The Website Creating a Dictionary with Limericks

Chamber’s Dictionary Has Named ‘Overshare’ the Word of the Year, Collin’s Has Gone For ‘Photobomb’

The Bookish Bouquet I like it but not sure I could sacrifice a book.

The UK Publishes More Books Per Capita Than Any Other Country

This Author Tracked Down a Book Blogger Who Gave Her Book a Bad Review. I talked about the is in this post

Umbridge Back Story to Be Released on Pottermore for Halloween

Waterstone’s Held a ‘Lock-in’

 

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed Clash of Kings

The Kids Visited the Library

I Talked About Goodreads, Negative Reviews, Authors and Reviewers

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 19/10/14


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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

 John Grisham Suggested that Sentences for Those Who Viewed Child Porn Images Were Too Severe then He Realised That Was a Stupid Thing To Say To The Media

Why Targets Are Destroying Reading in School

Dating Advice From Classic Literature

The Five Best Writer’s Sheds, by the way J.K Rowling’s Hagrid Hut doesn’t sound like it is intended as a shed for writing in

Pride and Prejudice on Screen, The Good, and Not so Good

Richard Flanagan Won The Booker Prize

And Simon Sylvester Won Not The Booker Prize

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed Larger Than Life

The Kids Read Knick Knack Paddy Whack

 

 

 

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Sanday Surfing 12/10/14


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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

I think I am making up for the lack of links last week…

Celebrity Books Which are Worth Reading

Votes are Open for the Not The Booker Prize

Things Only Adults Would say on a Tour of the World Of Harry Potter (note not child friendly)

Songs Which Reference Books

Works of Literature Recreated in Lego

The Longest English Words on Literature. Some of these words really make my head hurt

Writers Working to Save Libraries in Liverpool

Novels Based on Shakespeare Plays

Jodi Picoult Releasing a Follow up to Between the Lines with her Daughter

Haruki Murakami and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o were Favourites to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but this is who did win….

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Silkwork

The kids read Fergus Goes Quackers

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Sunday Surfing 5/10/14


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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

 New release paperbacks and hardbacks are outselling new release e-books

A draft of the last Sherlock Holmes story is going on display

Authors on bank notes

And The Owl and the Pussycat has been voted Britain’s favourite children’s poem. Twinkle, twinkle little star, the most boring nursery rhyme ever, is second.

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Humans

The kids read The Snails’ Tales

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 28/9/14


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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

It was banned books week last week, so lots of banned books related weeks in this edition of Sunday Surfing.

21st Century Banned Books and Why They Were Banned

Film Adaptations From Banned Books

Which Banned Book Are You?

Who Said it? Umbridge or Gove?

Author of ‘Go the F*** to Sleep’ Releasing a New Book About Eating

The Tories Are in Uproar About Hilary Mantel’s New Story

‘A Room of One’s Own’ Rearranged to Create a Story

How Long Would it Take You to Read the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Series?

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Color War

And Dexter By Design

The Kids Looked at Video Readings of Books

 

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 21/9/14


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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

The most highlighted passages in classic kindle books

Is YA fiction popular because adult fiction is too narrow?

Quotes from banned books

Brave fictional characters

Apparently my life can be described by Lord of the Rings (which obviously means it’s epic!) Which classic novel describes your life?

 

And on the blog this week…

It’s Bloggiesta weekend so I’ve been busy

The kids read Fred the Firefighter

I reviewed Slaughterhouse-Five

And The Shock of the Fall

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 14/9/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my  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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

Artists reflections on the changing face of reading

The Booker Shortlist has Arrived

Experimental fiction worth reading

This college Professor will pay for the text books of one student who beats him at a computer game. Seems strange to give them a reason to procrastinate from working.

Our favourite books- according to facebook

Rainbow Rowell’s journey from newspaper reporter to famous author

What to read now based on your high school favourites. I don’t get why Frankenstein and The Historian go together rather than Dracula and The Historian

Which Roald Dahl character are you? I got Charlie Bucket

Bloggers as Publicists and Bookbridgr. I was pleasantly surprised to see Ellie mentioned in this article.

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Cuckoo’s Calling

Children’s Hour revisited Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

And my giveaway results were revealed

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Sunday Surfing 7/9/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

The Worst Jobs in Literature

Why Reading is Important for Teenagers

Books and Films About Being New in School

Unusual Public Libraries

Margaret Atwood is the First Author to Participate in The Future Library Project. This sounds really cool, it’s a shame that I’m very unlickly to be around in 100 years to read the entries

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Fangirl

The kids read Messy Baby

I launched my blogiversary giveaway

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Sunday Surfing 31/8/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

It’s Lucybird’s Book Blog’s Blogiversary today, and I only just realised!

 

Around the web this week

Kobo is launching a waterproof e-reader.

Dan Brown’s Inferno is being made into a film

Malorie Blackman received racist abuse on twitter

Things which happen when you can’t put a book down

The week that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turned 50 Aldi banned another of Roald Dahl’s books from its Australian stores

Speaking of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory you can read an unpublished early draft chapter here

 

And on the blog this week…

I talked about the Top 10 Books on my Wishlist

I reviewed The Forgotten Sister

And the kids read Sam the Chef

 

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Sunday Surfing 24/8/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

I can’t see why Readers Absorb Less When Reading on E-readers, but apparently they do. I can see why in the ‘real’ world but not in laboratory settings.

Ways to Find Great Indie Books

Signed Copy of Tale Of Two Cities, Made Out to George Eliot, For Sale

Kate Atkinson’s Next Novel Will Be a Companion to Life After Life. So excited, I loved Life After Life

Things That Are Actually Scary About The Harry Potter Universe

Which Type of Murakami Character Are You?

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Me Talk Pretty One Day

The Kids Read Let’s Go to Nursery

 

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Sunday Surfing 17/8/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

20 Book Reviewer Clichés. I must admit to occasionally using a couple of these…but I’m not so bad.

3D Books For The Blind

After last week’s reveal of the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cover Buzzfeed Have Imagined New Covers For Other Children’s Books

New Words, Including YOLO, have Been Added to the Online Version of the OED

Would You Survive the Battle Of Hogwarts? Apparently I wouldn’t 😦

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed the film of The Book Thief

And the kids read Fred and Ted’s Treasure Hunt

 

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Sunday Surfing 10/08/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

There’s an awful new cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory here is is along with some more awful covers

When Casting Directors Get it Wrong

Great Novels by Women Under 50 The End of Mr Y is great, but Pop Co. is better

British People are Still Reading and apparently the average British person owns 86 books….which doesn’t seem that many to me

And on the blog this week…

The kids read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

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Sunday Surfing 3/8/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

Unique Ways of Retelling Stories

Studies Suggest Reading Harry Potter Makes Children Less Prejudiced

David Cameron Has Backed Plans To Restrict Books Sent to Prisons

The Rights to The Goldfinch Have Been Sold

Vote For The Shortlist of ‘Not the Booker Prize’

Harry Potter Jewellery

And on the blog this week…

The Kids Read Friska the Sheep That Was Too Small

I’m away next week. Hoping to schedule Children’s Hour before I go but things may be a bit quiet.

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Sunday Surfing 27/7/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

How Libraries Create Readers

Apparently Successful Writers Get Up Early. I’m screwed then

Art on Old Books

The Company Who Wants to Create the Whole of Alice in Wonderland in Temporary Tattoos

Ways of Organising Your Bookshelf.  Am I the only person who thinks it would be difficult to find something in a colour sorted bookcase?

The Longlist for the Booker Prize was Revealed

Can You Identify These Fantasy Books From Their Covers?

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed Just Destiny

And The Pre-Raphaelite Seamstress

The Kids Read Fidgit and Quilly Make a Noise

 

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Sunday Surfing 20/7/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Sunday Surfing is on Monday this week, I was away yesterday

Around the web this week

The Library of Birmingham is up  for an architecture award

What margin notes reveal

Why it’s ok to love your e-reader

Amazon is Launching an E-book Subscription Service

How To Draw Kipper

And on the blog this week…

The kids read Goose on the Loose

I Reviewed Landline

 

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Sunday Surfing 13/7/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

J.K Rowling’s New Potter related Work

Virginia Wolfe Exhibit At The National Portrait Gallery

Rumours That The Goldfinch is to Be Made Into a Film

Children’s Books Banned in Singapore for Gay Message

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Glass Guardian

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Sunday Surfing 6/7/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

The Guardian is looking for nominations for their First Book Award

Authors intervene in the Hachette/Amazon row

Julia Donaldson talks about The Gruffallo, living simply, and family

Army Service People Reading to their Families Overseas

And on the blog this week…

Children’s Hour looked at A Bag Full of Pups

 

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Sunday Surfing 29/6/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Last Sunday Surfing of 2013! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Around the web this week

Wimbledon’s Players Book Preferences

J.K. Rowling Actually Tweeted at People

Children’s Books Given Away at Food Banks

When Tumblr Made Harry Potter Fans Cry I think I prefered it when they made laugh.

What Would Your ‘Game of Thrones’ Occupation Be?

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Library of Unrequited Love

 

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Sunday Surfing 22/6/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Last Sunday Surfing of 2013! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Around the web this week

Romantic Passages for Book Lovers

Will the Internet ‘Kill’ Literature?

Are You a Literature Expert? I am…apparently

Should Schools Be Able to Fine Parents Who Don’t Read To Their Children? There are so many things wrong with this idea. It’s just…ugh…

Publishers are Being ‘Jailed’ to Protest Books Being Banned in Prisons. Is it just me or would 24 hours with nothing for company except a book actually be kind of nice?

Book and Music Pairings

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is on Until Wednesday

The Site Turning Handwriting Into a Typeface

Someone on Slate said Adults Should Be Ashamed to Read YA Books, this is the best response I have seen

Harry Potter Questions. This is hilarious. The best Harry Potter related thing I’ve read in years

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Temporary Gentleman

And Children’s Hour was all About Goodnight, Gorilla

 

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Sunday Surfing 15/6/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

The Best Literary Parents

The creator of Spot (and inventor of lift-the-flap books), Eric Hill, died

10 Things to know about Anne Frank’s diary. I have a feeling I’ve posted this one before.

Should bribery be used when teaching children to read?

Modern Versions of Classic Novels

 

And on the blog this week…

I reposted the Children’s Hour post about Spot

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Sunday Surfing 1/6/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Last Sunday Surfing of 2013! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Around the web this week

Writer Maya Angelo Died

Possibility of a ‘Hunger Games’ theme park…wait…what?!

Thoughtful J.K. Rowling Quotes

How Harry Potter Changed a Life

 

And on the blog this week…

I talked about GCSE English and how things could be better

I reviewed Before I Go To Sleep

And the kids read Peekaboo!

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Sunday Surfing 25/5/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

There was no Sunday Surfing last week, so a ‘bumper’ edition this week.

Around the web this the last two weeks

Apparently these are really good quick reads…but there are no descriptions. Has anybody read any of them?

The Literary Giveaway Hop is back

Six Stories and Poems from Wartime

Facts About Beverly Cleary

Autobiographies, families, and Lily Allen

Bookish Confessions

Italian Prisoners Rewarded for Reading.

Methods for Picking Books

Classic American Novels Removed From the GCSE Syllabus

 

And on the blog this week…

The kids read Rosie’s Magic Horse

I reviewed 31 Songs

And The Fault in Our Stars

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Sunday Surfing 11/5/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

Book recommending sites. Do you use any of these? What do you think?

Alan Bennett has said he doesn’t read British authors. Sounds pretty bad, except that isn’t it good to read of things you don’t know. It sounds a bit like he means that.

How to Tell If You’re Reading a Gothic Novel

John Green’s cameo got cut from The Fault in Our Stars, but here are some other author cameos

A Recently Discovered Breed of Wasp has Been Named After Dementors

A New Bookish Social Network and Online Store is Promoting Independent Bookstores

Great ‘Literary’ Moments. The last one is the best.

Topless Bookclub Makes Reading Sexy. Because, you know, that’s what you want from reading, sexiness (Link contains NSFW images)

Can Literary Works Be Devalued By Bookish Items?

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Eleanor & Park

The kids read Itzy Bitzy House

I reviewed Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

No Sunday Surfing next week, I’m off to Paris 🙂

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Sunday Surfing 4/5/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

The Bad Grammar Awards

Should We Be Concerned About Bad Grammar anyway?

Books Which Make Us Think Differently About Being a Woman

Scribd’s International Reader Survey. Apparently British readers are reading ‘The Story Of Sushi’, which I have never even heard of.

A Parent Called the Police because a Teenager Was Giving Away a Book Banned by the School. There are no words.

How Libraries Are Bridging the Cultural Divide

Tattoos Inspired By Books. I’m not a fan of tattoos but if I had one it was probably be a quote from a book.

To Kill a Mockingbird is Being Released as an E-book

And here are some other amazing things Harper Lee did. Number one is the best.

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

And The Kids Read LullabyHullaballoo

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Sunday Surfing 27/4/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

The BFG is Being Brought To The Cinema

And So Is Room see my review of the book here

The Guardian Has a Whole Series of Comics By Authors. This one is Masks by Gillian Flynn

Urban Dictionary Definitions of Famous Authors

Unique Bookends

Is Literary Fiction Really Better Quality?

Charlotte Brontë Got a Google Doodle

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Storyteller

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Sunday Surfing 20/4/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Happy Easter everyone 🙂

Around the web this week

The American Library Association has released a list of the most challenged books of 2013. Number one is Captain Underpants.

Is Reading Anti-Social?

Cringe-worthy Proposals From Fiction

Pultizer Winners Revealed

Books Which Grab You From Page One

Which Hunger Games District Do You Belong In? I got district 3, which would be ok, I guess

 

And on the blog this week…

I talked about the Birmingham Independent Book Fair

My Nephew read Horsey, Horsey, Don’t You Stop

I reviewed The Rosie Project

 

 

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Sunday Surfing 13/4/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

Author of the Adrian Mole books, Sue Townsend has died

A book of letters written by Paddington Bear will tell his story from his view point

Scenes you wouldn’t expect in classic books

When not ‘getting’ a book make you feel stupid

Which Little Woman are you? I got Jo, which is what you want really 🙂

New literary prize for self-published authors

Diary Of a Part-Time Indian has been banned…again

And The Bailey’s Prize shortlist was revealed….

And on the blog this week…

It’s been quiet, cause, Christmas and stuff. Just one post:

The kids read What Do I Look Like?

I reviewed House of Glass

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Sunday Surfing 6/4/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Around the web this week

Famous books with bad reviews

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film will be a thrilogy

Top 10 Fictional Mothers

Remember that lovely new library I talked about? The staff can’t reach all the books

Rooftoppers wins the Children’s Fiction Prize

And on the blog this week…

The kids read ‘Eat Your Peas’

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Sunday Surfing 30/3/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

I missed Sunday Surfing last week so here are two weeks worth of links

Around the web

Children’s classic books retold for adults. I like the Brown Bear one

James Patterson is the world’s best selling author. J.K. Rowling comes top in the UK

A quiz, What Type of Book Are You? I got second-hand book, not sure whether to be offended!

Some People Got Money From Amazon

Alice Munro is being dedicated on a Canadian coin

And Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking) is going to be on a Swedish note

Real beautiful places featured in books

You can no longer send books to British prisoners…or can you?

J.R.R Tolkien’s translation of Beowolf to be published

Some original Harry Potter artwork is up for sale

Read an extract from the next Song of Ice and Fire book. (Spoiler free link)

The ebook royalties war

 

And on the blog…

I reviewed A Long Thaw

And A Game of Thrones

I took part in It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

The kids read There’s an Ouch in my Pouch

And My Mum And Dad Make Me Laugh

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Sunday Surfing 16/3/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Last Sunday Surfing of 2013! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Around the web this week

Learn About Ukraine by Reading Ukrainian Writers

Malorie Blackman Talks About the Decline of the School Library

Writing Characters Invented By Other Authors

The Best Opening Lines

A Survey Has Shown Those of Lower Class Tend To Read Less. The article seems to suggest that it’s a cause rather than an effect, which I’m not so sure about.

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed Attachments

The Kids Read The Train Ride

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Sunday Surfing 9/3/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

Quotes to Make you Fall in Love with Books

The Worst Author Blunders

New App Allows You to Read a Novel in 90 Minutes. Don’t like this at all, think it would take the fun out of reading

Which Author is Most Popular With School Children.

The Telegraph Suggested The Best Children’s Books of All Time, not much modern on their list though

The Importance of Comfort Reading

The Longlist for the Woman’s Fiction Prize was revealed.,,,I’ve not read any of them

 

And on the blog this week…

I Reviewed The Book Thief

The Kids Read Don’t Wake the Bear, Hare!

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Sunday Surfing 2/3/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

Someone in Japan has been destroying items relating to the Holocaust

Listen to writers reading their own work

These films were turned into books…don’t ask me why!

Books which (maybe) shouldn’t exist

Words which used to mean something else

Apparently wizards support Scottish rugby. As much as I like extra bits and pieces from J.K. Rowling this is a bit over the top.

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Little Women

The Kids Read Baby Animals (Hide-and-Seek)

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Sunday Surfing 23/2/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

Classic Literature in Lego. This is awesome, if you click just one link make it this one.

Lewis Carroll hated the fame which came with Alice in Wonderland. Not a surprise really, writers don’t expect to become famous, it’s certainly not why they write.

Writers with Regrets. Following the whole JK Rowling Hermione/Ron saga…

New Haruki Murakami Novel to be Released in the UK and US in August. Yay!

Books Tend to be Rated Lower by Readers After Winning Prizes. Another not a surprise. More people read it. More people to not like it. Higher expectations.

Less Than 1,000 Independent Bookshops left in the UK. The only ones I know of in Birmingham are specialist. There used to be one on the high street, but I didn’t visit it very often, it was a pretty rubbish as a bookshop for one reason, I was rarely home when it was open, a few reasons really.

The video is about reading to dogs to helps reader’s confidence. I heard about it first time last week, but it seems to be more widely  spread than I would imagine.

And on the blog this week…

I really need to get some reviews written. I have a half written review of The Book Thief, and need to write reviews of Little Women and A Long Thaw. This week I only got out one

Children’s Hour: It Looked Like Spilt Milk.

And I revealed the winner of The Literary Blog Hop

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Sunday Surfing 16/2/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

I’m doing a Sunday Surfing on Sunday! Wonders will never cease!

Around the web this week

Children’s Book Awards Shortlist revealed

…and the Folio Prize

Is binge-reading the new binge-watching? Plans for series books to be released in quicker succession. Main problem? What if the first one is rubbish?

Most searched for out of print books in 2013

Doesn’t this sound like the best sort of party?

Twitter love stories. Some cute, some funny.

Hilary Mantel becomes the only living writer with a portrait in the British library

The problem with leaked quotes? Not always accurate.

Find your literary love story

There hasn’t been a video in these post for a while. So here are 8 bookish proposals

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

The kids read My Best Friends

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Sunday Surfing 26/1/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Maybe I should re-name Sunday Surfing as Monday Surfing. Second week I’ve been out Monday rather than Sunday

Around the web this week

Latvians Made a Human Chain to Send Books to Their New Library

Joanne Harris gave some tips for writers. Harris is probably best know as the writer of Chocolat, and the following books The Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Monsier le Curé

Ten Literary quotes which are commonly misquoted

You can still sponsor my NaNoWriMo efforts until the end of January. Money raised goes to Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Heart Foundation

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed House of Sand and Fog

The kids read But I Do Know All About Chocolate

And I reviewed The Uncommon Reader

Planned for this week is definitely a review of Dracula. I also have plans for writing reviews of The Meaning of Liff and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

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Sunday Surfing 19/1/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

I’m a little late with Sunday Surfing this week. I was ill yesterday. Anyway, here we go….

Around the web this week

What is a good review? In a word of online reviewers, amazon reviews, and professional reviewers, what is really helpful?

Literary ‘Bromances’

Books to get you through the winter I’ve not actually read any of these, so would you agree?

How branding is making it hard for new and unconventional writers

The Literary Giveaway Hop is back It falls over my birthday again

 

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed We Need New Names

And the kids read You’ll Soon Grow, Alex

 

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Sunday Surfing 12/1/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

Category Winners of the Costa Prize were revealed. Yay Life After Life!

How do you write in a gender which is not your own?

Great meals in literature. I have a feeling there are better ones out there, maybe something in Tolkien?

Rules of writing a bad review (by which I mean negative, not poor!)

Conundrums for bookworms. Number 17…yes…

It’s been a while since I posted a video. This one is related to the reviews this week.

And on the blog this week…

More of a normal schedule this week, although I still have reviews to catch up on.

I reviewed The Migraine Mafia

The kids read The Cat in the Hat

Coming soon reviews of ‘We Need New Names’ and ‘The Uncommon Reader’

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Sunday Surfing 5/1/14


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

This library has no books I get the whole digital age thing, but no books?!

Reading Changes Your Brain Connectivity

What ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ Can Teach You About Life even if you don’t like the book.

Great Bookshop Names and Where They Come From I would love to visit Mr B’s Emporium for a book spa

Can You Solve These Riddles From Literature?

Apparently a book collection is an outdated item boooo buzzfeed (but they do say you should own it anyway)

So apparently this week’s video won’t embed

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

Children’s Hour was all about Slow Down Sidney

I joined the 2014 TBR Challenge

It’s been review of the year time:

Overview

Challenges

Fiction

Non-fiction

Popular posts

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Sunday Surfing 29/12/13


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

 

Last Sunday Surfing of 2013! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Around the web this week

Books to get your out of your reading slump. Have you read any of these? Do you agree?

Tips for new e-reader owners.

Most popular quotes liked on goodreads in 2013. I like the last one personally.

Neil Gaiman won book of the year.

The Ministry of Magic is online

How can you change what you read?  There’s just to much thought going into this. Read what you enjoy! Why do you have to pay attention to gender or race…or whatever?

How kid’s book preferences are changing

And on the blog this week…

It’s been quiet, cause, Christmas and stuff. Just one post:

I reviewed Bellman and Black

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Sunday Surfing 22/12/13


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

Interesting literary facts. Who isn’t jealous of Roald Dahl now?

The Guardian wants your shelfies.

A fourth book in the Millennium Series is being published. Obviously not written by Larsson, hmm not sure myself.

How Beatrix Potter published Peter Rabbit.

Books for your quarter life crisis (cause that exists, obviously…)

Why book covers sometimes matter

How to organise a bookshelf personally I try to do it alphabetically…but sort of fail once I get new books.

There is a Harry Potter play coming out.

This week’s video was in one of last week’s links, but it’s just that awesome

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed We

This kids read The Big Jungle Mix-up

And I failed to finish Kavalier and Clay

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Sunday Surfing 15/12/13


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

Every time I’m looking around the internet recently it’s just lists and lists of the best books of the year, I could make whole Sunday Surfing posts just with the lists I see in one week…but I’m not doing that!

Writers against NSA surveillance. Not sure why the governments should pay any more notice to writers than to any other person, but maybe it raises awareness.

This indie bookstore owner talks about how she survives in the digital age. This sounds like a really nice shop, I wish we had more indie bookstores in Birmingham, the only one I know only sells books about trains (yes, I am serious!)

Authors as Dolls I love the Oscar Wilde action figure.

Are these the most important libraries in the world?

Literary Christmas facts. 10 is the best!

National Book Awards winners revealed now vote for the Book of the Year (I think we can do better than 50 Shades of Grey this year)

The letter that changed James Joyce’s life

This video inexplicably had no comments on youtube(!)

And on the blog this week…

I reviewed The Elements of Eloquence

The kid’s read What’s a Crocodile’s Favourite Thing?

And I talked about the film of Catching Fire

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Sunday Surfing 8/12/13


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is a 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

The winners of the Goodread’s Choice Awards were revealed. And what was probably my favourite book this year is on the list

And the (less wanted) winner of the Bad Sex Award was also revealed

Over 42,000 people completed NaNoWriMo this year. I almost did.

Behind on your reading goal. Here are some quick classics All under 200 pages

Harry Potter is redesigned, again. I quite like the illustrations… generally speaking

Mary Poppins, Disney and Saving Mr Banks. Is it just me that finds Saving Mr Banks being a Disney film a bit weird?

Speaking of Saving Mr Banks…

And on the blog this week…

It’s been pretty busy here this week. The reviews to be written were stacking up over November, so I’ve made a start on those, plus the usual features and a bit more…

I gave my last NaNoWriM0 update. You can still sponsor me until the end of January.

I reviewed 4 to 16 Characters

I posted my annual Bookish Gifts post

The kids read Oh No, George!

And I reviewed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

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Bookish Gifts 2013


It’s the first week of December. The shops are getting busy. So I thought it was about time for my annual Bookish Gifts post. My old bookish gifts posts still get plenty of hits, and a lot of them still have working links too so feel free to look around the blog for more ideas.

First off. A pewter e-book cover by Loutul @ Folksy. My bag is like a tardis, so something like this would really protect my kindle. The picture shown is for the kindle version but Loutul does versions for other e-readers and tablets. This one is £29

I like this Horcrux t-shirt from Skreened because it’s more subtly Potter-ish, only the glasses and scar are instantly recognisable to non-potter fans. I also like that it’s more bookish than film based as so much Harry Potter merchandise is. It costs $33.99, which is about £20.72

I actually own this Go Away I’m Reading Mug. With a bar of chocolate what could be more perfect? (And yes I know more perfect doesn’t make sense) £12.95 from The Literary Gift Company

The Personal Library Kit from mental floss is perfect for those who love to organise their books, and frequent lenders. $14.99 that’s about £9.14

I’ve talked about how awesome Out of Print is before. Now they are doing jewellery too. This Alice Down the Rabbit Hole necklace has to be my favourite. $32.00/about £19.50

Or how about something to keep your Alice necklace in? That’s if you don’t mind reconditioned books. Here’s a customisable book jewellery case from Wrecked Writings @ Etsy £22.23

You might also like…

Bookish gifts (2012 version)

Bookish gifts: paraphernalia (2011)

Bookish gifts: book accessories (2011)

Bookish gifts: clothing (2011)

Harry Potter merchandise (2011)

(Please note not all links in previous gift posts will work)

 

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Sunday Surfing 1/12/13


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Those of you who follow me on twitter might have noticed I’m been posting a lot of links recently. Sunday Surfing is my new-ish 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. Lets get started.

Around the web this week

It’s the first day of December. How about some geek gifts for your friends.

The Guardian first book award goes to Donal Ryan.

And the shortlists for the Costa Book Awards were released

Trainspotting is apparently Scotland’s favourite book. Bit of a rubbish sample though.

Who in fiction are you? I came out as Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Win a years worth of books (UK only). I’m still stuck on one clue.

Peeta is the perfect movie girlfriend

Why don’t books for adults have illustrations?

Famous novelists on symbolism in their books. I have a feeling I’ve posted this before….

And because I just got back from watching Catching Fire….

And on the blog this week…

The kids read Happy Birthday Winnie!

Now that NaNoWriMo is over I need to catch up on reviews. You can still sponsor me by the way, and my last update should be up later this evening.

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