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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged for the Rapid Fire Book Tag by Amy @ Tomes with Tea, I highly recommend giving her blog a look

1. eBook or physical books?
Physical books are just about the whole experience. The feel of a book in your hands, the smell, the snuggle-ability. I tend to read ebooks when travelling, because of bag space, but I miss the ‘real’ books at the time

2. Paperback or hardback?
Paperback. I get annoyed by dust covers on hardbacks, and the weight can be annoying, I only tend to buy them if I can’t wait for the paperback.

3. Online or in-store book shopping?
In-store, that’s why I tend to not buy things from my wishlist, because I go into a shop to browse and come out with books I’ve never seen before. I love just looking at all the books, reading the blurbs, looking at the covers and feeling the books. I have to be strict though so I don’t buy everything I see!

4. Trilogies or series?
I tend to read more stand-alone books. I’m not sure I can answer this one actually because it really depends on the books and what is going to happen.

5. Heroes or villains?
Villains tend to be more interesting to read about. That’s why Chamber and Half-blood Prince are my favourite Potter books, the Voldy back story.

6. A book you want everyone to read?
‘Yes Means Yes’ which is about rape culture and consent. I just think it’s really important. I have a review here and several other related posts

7. Recommend an underrated book?
It’s been a while since I’ve pimped these but Scott Stabile’s ‘Brooklyn Bites’ series. They’re short stories which are built around food, the descriptions especially are really amazing. Reviews here, here, and here

8. The last book you finished?

‘War’ by Roald Dahl. My first adult Dahl

9. The last book you bought?

I think when I bought ‘Autumn’ for book club, and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ just because.

Oh no, I bought ‘The Book of Dust’ after that…does that mean I buy too many books because I forgot about a trip to the book shop?

10. Weirdest thing you’ve ever used as a bookmark?
Err…another book?

11. Used books: yes or no?
I tend to buy new, but I’m happy enough with used books so long as they aren’t a complete mess.

12. Three favourite genres?
Contemporary. Historical. Feminist.

13. Borrow or buy?
I really should borrow more, but part of the joy of books is the beauty of a full bookcase

14. Characters or plot?
Plot I guess, although some characters can ruin a plot. I don’t mind unlikeable character so long as they aren’t annoying (Bella Swan for example is just the most annoying and unlikeable character…but then I’m not a Twilight fan)

15. Long or short books?
Depends. Sometimes short books are too short, but if done well they can be beautiful, whereas sometimes a long book can be a bit of a mission. I guess it’s the quality of the story and writing which really matters.

16. Long or short chapters?
Again probably depends on the book, but in general short because it makes it easier to stop if you need to,

17. Name the first 3 books you think of.

His Dark Materials. Harry Potter. Life After Life

18. Books that made you laugh or cry?
Laugh – Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. How To Be a Woman. Texts From Jane Eyre
Cry – Harry Potter- especially Deathly Hallows. The Time Traveller’s Wife. The Book Thief. Still Alice.

19. Our world or fictional worlds?
Fictional. It’s a real escape, and if one is too much you can just go to another. Plus there’s enough rubbish in this world that escapism is sometimes necessary.

20. Audiobooks; yes or no?

No, I find I can’t concentrate on them, although I was considering listening whilst doing house work.

21. Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?
Yes and no. You can usually broadly tell what type of book a book is from the cover, so I do that far, but it’s the blurb which really makes me decide

22. Book to movie or TV adaptations?
Probably TV because less tends to be cut, but I don’t really have a preference.

23. Movie/TV show you preferred to its book?
Lord of the Rings. I’ve never managed to finish the book, but I love the films.

24. Series or standalone’s?
I tend to read stand alones, but some of my favourite books are series. Harry Potter. His Dark Materials. The Thursday Next books. I suppose like Amy I think it depends on the book.

I tag Holly @ Nut Free Nerd and Feminism in Cold Storage if they fancy it, and anyone else who would like to do it

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Children’s Hour: Me

Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

Me is a delightful little book which has in the past been a part of the Bookstart pack. It’s more of one for parents to read really I think, and maybe in a way more designed for parents but it is beautiful, and the kids enjoy the penguins. The book follows a young penguin looking at the world and seeing just how big it is, and maybe just a little bit scary.

“The world is big…and I am small”

Then penguin looks at Mummy/Daddy and knows that everything is safe.

“But you are big, and you are strong…”

Buy Me:

Paperback (£6.29)

Hardback (£3.74)


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Armchair BEA: Introductions

I’m a little late for Armchair BEA this year since I’ve been away over the weekend but I don’t think it’s too late to start!

Yesterday was introductions day and I thought it’s probably a pretty important thing to start off with so without further ado….

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

My name’s Lucy, I’m 25 and I live in Birmingham, UK. I’ve had this blog for almost 3 years now although it’s only been in the last couple that I’ve really gotten into the  blogging community. I started off with a review post on The Bookclub Forum but I waanted to expand it to include general musings and news about books so I started this blog, I’ve not looked back since..

2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favourite book you have read so far in 2012?

At the moment I’m reading The Good Angel of Death by Andrey Kurkov on paper, and a review copy of The Whipping Club by Deborah Henry on my kindle. I’m finding The Good Angel of Death a little difficult to get into, despite really enjoying the other Kurkov novels that I have read. I’ve only just started The Whipping Club so I’m not sure on that one yet.

As for my favourite books this year? I’ve really enjoyed Scott Stabile’s Brooklyn Bites series of short stories, and How to Be a Woman gave me a bit of a girl crush of Caitlin Moran
3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.

My older sister gave birth to my first nephew a couple of weeks ago, and I went to see him last weekend. He is absolutely gorgeous.

4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?

I’m quite liking my Children’s Hour feature at the moment, but generally I like writing musings, I would like to write more of hem though!
5. Where do you see your blog in five years?

Oh I really don’t know. I suppose as long as I still enjoy writing it, and people still enjoy reading it I will keep going!
6. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?

Oh just one? Umm personally I like my musing on series but my post about how a book’s popularity might effect your reading of it has been one of my most popular posts, and I’m quite proud of that!
7. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Hmm I think dinner with Stephen Fry would be very interesting and fun.
8. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

You know what I don’t really have any. Or does the libaray from Beauty and The Beast Count?
9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?

I like how people support each other. I’ve had a lot of help when I needed it on twitter, some fantastic recommendations  and referrals from fellow bloggers, and sometimes just a nice chat.
10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?

Not by a great deal. I read more indie authors now, mainly because that’s who I get review requests from. I probably read a few more young adult books as well, although it still takes a fantastic review to get me to read a YA novel most of the time.

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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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Squee time!

Wooop I still get far too excited about awards!

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

Here are the rules:

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

Ok 7 things

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I pass this on to…

Jackie at Lovely Little Shelf

As the Crowe Fies (and reads)

Sam Still Reading

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

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oooh an award!

I’m thrilled to get another award. It’s nice to know that people appreciate my blog 🙂

Laural-Rain Snow has given me this Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you, thank you.

Here are the rules:

1) Share 7 things about myself

2) Pass the award on to 15 bloggers recently discovered

3) Notify the blogger recipients

4) Link to the blogger who gave me the award

Right so 7 things about me

1) I’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo the last 3 years. This year and last were both monumental failures but the first year I was stuck at home with a broken leg and finished before time was up. My ‘novel’ still needs some series editing though and I’m very lazy about getting it done.

2) It’s been snowing here in Birmingham over night and I find it exciting!

3) I’m a big Harry Potter fan. I am always disappointed by the films because they just don’t add up to the books but I am going to see the latest one this afternoon and am actually very excited, I think maybe because it’s something new from Harry World.

4) I love coffee but my body is very fussy about it. I can’t drink some coffees without getting ill but other makes don’t seem to bother me. My usual coffee is a hazelnut lattee but over Christmas I switch to gingerbread lattee which is the best coffee ever

5) My body thinks I’m an old person. I wear hearing aids and very thick glasses and have osteoporosis. God knows what my body will do when I’m actually old!

6) My boyfriend of 4 years lives up in Newcastle. I miss him more than I can say. I hope he finds a job down here soon

7) I’m a psychology graduate. That’s why most of my non-fiction reads are psychology related.

I can’t pick 15 bloggers but here goes….

Kelly’s (former) France Blog

Books are like Candy Corn

Recovering Potter Addict


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Handle with Care- Jodi Picoult

Cover of "Handle with Care: A Novel"

Cover of Handle with Care: A Novel

This review was written 11 & 17/5/09

Synopsis (from amazon)

Everything breaks. Some things just hurt more than others.

Charlotte O’Keefe’s beautiful, much-longed-for, adored daughter Willow is born with osteogenesis imperfecta – a very severe form of brittle bone disease. If she slips on a crisp packet she could break both her legs, and spend six months in a half body cast. After years of caring for Willow, her family faces financial disaster. Then Charlotte is offered a lifeline. She could sue her obstetrician for wrongful birth – for not having diagnosed Willow’s condition early enough in the pregnancy to be able to abort the child. The payout could secure Willow’s future. But to get it would mean Charlotte suing her best friend. And standing up in court to declare that she would have prefered that Willow had never been born…

Initial thoughts

Before I even started this book I knew it could be one which I could connect with, and I’m glad I wasn’t wrong. When I was 7 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, a disorder which is similar to osteogenisis imperfecta, in fact at points it had been proposed that this is what I have, although tests have said osteoporosis. My osteoporosis is nowhere near as bad as Willow’s but all the same I recognise some of the issues she has as my own problems, especially when I was younger. I can’t even remember my first break, or my second, one I got falling down a couple of stairs I was crawling up, the other falling off my parents bed. (highlight for spoiler) Somewhere about this time my parents were asked about child abuse, in a less blatent way than Willow’s parents, and it wasn’t until after that they found out the question they had been asked was one asked to parents who are suspected of child abuse. When I was just finishing my first year of primary school is the first break I can remember, I broke my femur falling off my scooter, I was in traction for the whole Summer holiday. I broke my leg again falling over on my crutches, then my ankle when my foot slipped off the foot rest on my pushchair while I was still recovering. After that I had no breaks until just before I joined here, in more normal circumstances this time, I was hit by a car. I had the same bisphosphonate treatment as Willow in my teens, which was rather successful. All the same I do fear things, I fear falling a little, I’ve never been skating, or learnt to ride a bike, I’m scared of heights, I hate ladders and am not always comfortable with stairs unless I already know them. I am better than I once was, I know that just falling is unlikely to harm me, although my recent break is somewhat of a set back. I have never pitied myself, it’s just the way I am, but this book has made me think about myself, and my illness (I say for want of a better word)

oh my

(highlight for spoiler) I never expected it to end this way. I don’t understand why. Why did Willow have to die, and in such a way? Was it so nobody really lost the court case? Seems extreme measures. I would like to think that at least it meant that Pippa and Charlotte, and Emma and Amelia became friends again.

For me I think this may be my new favourite Picoult book, not because it has the best plot, or is the most well written- both those are good but maybe not her best- but because it touched me personally. It didn’t make me cry but it did bring me close a few times (and generally books don’t even do that). Sometimes because of Willow herself, sometimes because I could see myself in her, and sometimes because it brought my own memories forward.
I adored Willow, she’s so brave, and somewhat unfazed, she doesn’t feel sorry for herself. Some of that people say I have but I don’t know if I could if I was as bad as Willow is. I really liked Amelia too (highlight for spoiler) in ways I felt more sorry for her than Willow because Willow’s pain was mainly physical, Amelia’s was psychological and in a way that is harder to get over

I liked how we always saw Willow through other people’s eyes. Except for the one chapter where Willow spoke.

(highlight for spoiler)I liked how Willow didn’t see the money as realy being hers so much as something that had brought her family back together. She didn’t so much care about what the money gave to her as that it made her family happy. This part made me close to tears at first because everything that had happened it didn’t really matter to Willow, she just wanted her family to be happy.

I also liked the recipes throughout the book, they made for something different.
Other people may not like this book as much, I am not sure, but I still think everyone will enjoy it.



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I’ve been tagged

I was tagged by bookquoter

RULES OF THE GAME: (if you wish to participate)
1. Accept the tag and link to the tagger at the beginning of your post.
2. Answer the questions honestly in your post by listing four things.
3. Pass on the love by picking four other people to tag and listing them at the bottom at your post.
4. Notify them that you tagged them.
4 Things That Are In My Handbag
1) My purse
2) A book (Vanity Fair at the moment)
3) 2 lipglosses (a red and a pink)
4) Paracetamol
4 Favorite Things in My Bedroom
1) My books
2) The origami roses my biyfriend made me (there are 364 of them)
3) My Lush stash
4) My CDs
4 Things On My Desk
1) Mini hi-fi
2) Lots of pens
3) Letters
4) A Kurt Hasley print (I still need a frame for it)
4 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do (but haven’t yet)
1) visit Venice
2) Get married
3) Have kids
4) Pass my driving test
4 Things I Enjoy Very Much At The Moment
1) Reading
2) My job (yes I’m that cool!)
3) Tea
4) My boyfriend
4 Songs I Can’t Get Out Of My Head
1) “look at me I’m a dinosaur…” from one of the CDs at work
2) Stuck with you- Heui Lewis and the news (again from a CD at work)
3) Who let you go- The Killers
4) Build me up buttercup- The Foundations
4 Things You Don’t Know About Me
1) I’m learning to drive at the moment, I’m doing u-turns this week
2) I have a 1 year old niece, Althea
3) I live in Birmingham (UK) but my boyfriend lives in Newcastle
4) I have a big box in my room full of cosmetics.
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