The Year in Books :: October 2015

So, as is quite usual with me, I did not read the things that I suggested that I might do last month…. Surprised?!

I did dip into Coastlines by Patrick Barkham, but found I was not in the mood for it consistently – so that one is still on the reading pile and only partly read.  Middlemarch really didn’t have much of a chance – I was not going to be able to concentrate on something that big and complex this month.   My head is all over the place for some reason lately, so the reading choices I did make in September made more sense.

I reread some childhood favourites


and then some quick and fun reads from JK Rowling to feed my Harry Potter obsession:


So all in all September turned out to be a fun and slightly frivolous reading month – exactly what I was in need of and I enjoyed all four books in very different ways.  Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner are just wonderful – I can recite parts of these from memory, but rereading the whole books was just perfect.  The charity Harry Potter books were fun and required almost no concentration on my part to get some fun out of them – not the best books in the world, but fun and fast to read.

As for next month?  I am craving some non fiction – I am currently reading Agatha Christie’s Autobiography which is wonderful so far.  Perhaps I will dive into some of her fiction afterwards, or I might take things down an historical route and read something completely different.  Who knows.  Maybe I shouldn’t even try and guess what might be next for me on the reading front!

What are you reading at the moment?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.


22nd July - Run Time

The challenge for October – Run Every Day!  Can I do it?  I am going to have a good go!!  Fancy joining in?   You can find more details on Ron Hill’s website.  If you are interested in how I am getting on, I will be popping a few posts on here I am sure.

Here’s to a healthy October!

Organdie. x

The Harry Potter Book Tag


This was another tag that I saw on BookTube – I think possibly first on Jen Campbell’s channel – I am not sure who first came up with the tag, but I thought it was kind of fun, so I thought I would do a blog version of it.

So here goes;

Which is your favourite book?

I would say that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is possibly my favourite of the books at the moment.  I think it used to be The Goblet of Fire, but I reread that one recently and found it hard to get through for some reason (maybe simply because I have read them all to death…)

Which is your favourite movie?

Hmmm, tricky – I like the films, but I am not completely sold on them.  I would say The Order of the Phoenix, but only because there are some bits in it that me and my sister had to rewind and rewatch over and over again because they made us laugh.

Which is your least favourite book?

The Chamber of Secrets.  It always has been, but I can’t really tell you why.

Which parts of the books and films made you cry?

I am not a huge crier with books, I guess some of the deaths were tear jerkers, but I can’t actually remember crying when they happened.

If you could hook up with any Harry Potter character, who would it be?

Hermione, because, yes.

Who is your favourite character?

There are so many – I love Mrs Weasley, Hagrid, Hermione, Professor McGonagall, Sirius….. All of them?

What would your patronus be?

Ooh, not sure – maybe something like a rabbit.

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

The invisibility cloak – dur…

What house would you be in?

Hufflepuff all the way!

If you could meet any member of the Harry Potter cast, who would it be?

Possibly Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Alan Rickman.

Have you played the video games?

Yes, but a long time ago – on the Game Cube.

If you were on the Quidditch team which position would you play?

I am not sure I would be particularly good on a broom.  I played Goal Keeper in school netball, maybe that would help me do OK on a broomstick…

Were you happy with the ending?

I though the epilogue was cheesy to the point of being unreadable, but I was kind of pleased with how it ended overall.

How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

A lot!  I will always reread these books – and while I was slightly older than Harry when the first book came out, I do feel like I grew up with the characters and they will always have a special place in my heart.  Cheesy?  Yes – do I care? No!

Are you a Harry Potter fan?

Organdie. x

The Year in Books :: September 2015

YIB September

Another month of reading is over!  And how quickly it went too….  I think that being so busy with things at the shop really had an impact on my brain and its ability to read properly.  I picked up a lot of things over the summer, but I didn’t really read them properly – most of them I didn’t even finish – so it felt like a very frustrating little reading month for me.

It didn’t get off to a great start with my buddy read with Elena from Elena Reads Books over on YouTube – The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood was a huge disappointment to us both – it wasn’t even worth finishing for me – and I am not sure if that really just set me up for a slumpy month of reading.

I did manage to read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson this month though – and I thoroughly enjoyed that read.  This graphic novel had me laughing out loud in the shop (maybe not the best…) and the artwork was vibrant and enjoyable.  It ended up being heartfelt and moving which I was really not expecting from a graphic novel (don’t ask me why – silly preconceptions I guess) and it has moved up the list of favourite reads from this year.

I sound like a broken record here – but I am not sure what I will be trying to read next!  Perhaps it will be Middlemarch, perhaps Coastlines.  It has gone distinctly autumnal weather-wise here, so I am already dreaming of reading in the snug warmth of my bed with storms raging outside, perhaps with a nice mug of something warm on the go.  I always think that I will get going with some long, absorbing books in the autumn and winter – who know this year it might just happen.  Or maybe I am speaking too soon – after all summer might put in one final appearance yet…

Let me know what you are reading at the moment – I love nosing at people’s reading choices!

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.