Thursday, September 27, 2012

Karrusellen by Rosamunde Pilcher

Prue Shackleton er intelligent, kunstnerisk begavet, uafhængig - og dødtræt af sit job i London.
Så da hendes tante Phoebe inviterer hende ned til sig i Cornwall, er Prue ikke sen til at acceptere. I toget møder hun Charlottte, en pige der er på vej til den samme lille by, og som også kender Phoebe.
Prues ferie får et uventet indhold. Hun møder den uforudsigelige kunstner, Daniel, der betager hende med sit livssyn. Han har som ganske ung boet i Phoebes hus og er nu, efter mange år, vendt tilbage. Her i Phoebes hus stilles han ansigt til ansigt med sin fortid.
I centrum af handlingen står Phoebe med det store hjerte, der har plads til dem alle, og rammerne udgøres af det dejlige Cornwall-landskab.
From the backcover

Celebrate life's journeys with the beloved author whose stories of life and love have touched the world.Return to the sun-drenched settings of The Shell Seekers and the rich emotion of Coming Home, as Rosamunde Pilcher takes you on an unforgettable journey of the heart. It is the passage of a young woman from a relationship that has become too tame and predictable to the excitement of a new life brimming with possibilities and the thrilling promise of love. And along the way, all the hopes, secrets, and desires that enrich us unite a joyous carousel of life that only Rosamunde Pilcher can create. From Goodreads

I have just moved and as I was tidying up some of my books I saw this and decided to read it. My edition of the book is a paperback of only 159 pages so I read in within a few hours.
I like the relationship Prue has with her aunt Phoebe and I like the cosiness of the small village in Cornwall. The story is predictable but that is okay.

This book qualifies for:
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012,
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge,  

A-Z  Book Challenge 2012

Season of the Witch October 2012

Michelle from The True Book Addict has two Reading Challenges in October, this is the second one.

"My first annual month long October event, Season of the Witch! I hope you will join me for some scary fun this Halloween season."

I am definitely joining this Reading Challenge as well and I know I still have some witch and wizard books in my TBR pile.

Again my list of books and my goal for this challenge will be published in a start-up post Monday. 

FrightFall Read-a-Thon October 1 - 7 2012

Michelle @ The True Book Addict is again hosting several Reading Challenges. And I will be taking part in them.

The first week of October is going to be the scary week.
"A week long fest of scary reading (well, at least one scary book anyway).  All you have to do to participate is read at least one horror/scary book."

I will look at my list from spring and see if I can't find a couple of books I didn't read and then find a few more. I will have a list of books and my goals for the week ready for the starting post the 1st of October.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Ninth Legion marched into the mists of Northern Britain--and they were never seen again. Four thousand men disappeared and their eagle standard was lost. It's a mystery that's never been solved, until now . . . Marcus has to find out what happened to his father, who led the legion. So he sets out into the unknown, on a quest so dangerous that nobody expects him to return.  From Goodreads.

I am trying to finish my reading challenges so I needed a book starting with E. I have tons of books on my Kindle I have not read and I don't even know all the books that I have so I decided that the book had to be one that was already on my Kindle. I set my Kindle to show my books alphabetical and came across this one which turns out to be one my husband had put on - we share the same Kindle account.el
I was slightly put off by the fact it was about a Roman soldier as I am not a great fan of war books. My husband convinced me to read it and I am quite glad about that. There is not a lot of fighting going on but it is more about Marcus' quest to find the Eagle of the Ninth and find out what actually happened to his father when he disappeared. It is about an unlikely friendship, unlikely for that time period, and also the acceptance of other cultures.
As it seems we have the film that has been made of this book I might just have to watch it. And I will also read more of her books in the future.

This book qualifies for:
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012,
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge,
2012 Ebook Challenge,  
A-Z  Book Challenge 2012,

Dewey's Read-a-Thon October 13th 2012

This is where it all started! My first ever post on this blog was October 19th 2011 announcing that I was going to take part in Dewey's Read-a-Thon. I couldn't take part the whole way through as I only discovered it a few days before and therefore had some previously arranged commitments. This time I am ready and will spend the whole 24 hours as part of the Read-a-Thon. I have a visitor coming from abroad to stay with me but she will just have to bring some books to read too.

I will think about which books to read and my other goals for the Read-a-Thon and post about it a few days prior to the start. I am looking forward to have this excuse to read for 24 hours straight.

HERE are the posts for this challenge.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.
Harry Dresden knows full well that such creatures exist. Paranormal investigations are his stock-in-trade, and Chicago is his beat as he tries to bring law and order to a world that exists on the edges of imagination. Luckily Harry's not alone in this struggle. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don't believe in magic, there's a department that's been set up within the Chicago PD to deal with "strange" cases: the Special Investigations department.
Karrin Murphy is the head of SI and a good friend of Harry's. So when a deadly vampire threatens to destroy Murphy's reputation unless Harry helps her, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler and all the power that comes with it - but first Harry has to determine what the Word of Kemmler is. Now Harry is in a race against time - and six necromancers - to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
From Goodreads

I needed an easy read as I am in the middle of moving in to a new flat. I like this series as I know what to expect. Harry is still fighting all evil, this time aided by a unlikely helper and he is battling himself over which powers to use. We are beginning to see a darker side to Harry. It won't be long before I will read the next instalment of this series.

This book qualifies for:
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012,
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge,
2012 Ebook Challenge,  
2012 Where are you reading Challenge,
2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge,
A-Z  Book Challenge 2012,
Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey-poo for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy curse-but it's the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.

Harry's even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas's oversexed vampire family. Harry is about to discover that Thomas's family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry's life forever. From Goodreads

Yes I know, they are all the same. Harry gets a job, is nearly killed but manages to survive and save a lot of people. But it is an enjoyable read none the less and this one has a family twist at the end which was great. 

This book qualifies for:
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012,
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge,
2012 Ebook Challenge,  
2012 Where are you reading Challenge,
2012 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge,
A-Z  Book Challenge 2012,
Finishing the Series Reading Challeng,
Scavenger Hunt 2012 Reading Challenge 

August 2012 Update

August has been a very busy month for me and I have also been without internet for a while. Over the summer I have moved but I am very lucky and the new flat is brilliant, not to mention the view.
I hope to catch up with my reading and blogging soon.
In August I only read 8 books.

  1. Quietus by Susan Leigh Noble
  2. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
  3. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick 
  5. Secrets by Lynne Barrett-Lee
  6. River Marked by Patricia Briggs
  7. The Brides Baby by Liz Fielding
  8. Witchcraft by Emma Mills
All August posts can be found HERE