The Year in Books :: August 2015

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Another shorter post for The Year in Books this month too – I only read one book this month, but it was another cracker!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a wry, funny, uplifting and heartwarming tale of Ove, a crochety old git and his life as it is now.  It is told in the present and also via flashbacks to his life as it was.  This book made me laugh, nod in agreement and ultimately cry my eyes out, and I had to get my own copy as soon as the library copy went back so I can reread this one again soon.  I think it might appeal to fans of Harold Fry, or really anyone who just want to read about characters they will come to love.

Let’s hope that August continues the trend of brilliant reads – I think I may have been quite lucky the last two months, I am kind of dreading picking something up that is not so great now!  As is quite usual with me, I am not quite sure what is on my reading horizon.  I am planning to read The Double – Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood with Elena over at the YouTube channel Elena Reads Books which is quite exciting – I have never done a buddy read before.  I think we are planning to read this one in August sometime so that will be on the list if all goes to plan.

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What are you planning to read this month?  Hopefully there will be lots of sunshine to enjoy alongside the reading too!

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.

Frazzled!

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Do you ever get that burned out feeling – trying to do too much and spreading yourself too thinly?  I feel like that now.  I am not complaining about being busy with the shop or anything like that, because that it great.  I am feeling frazzled by social media, keeping up with a million things online everyday and not feeling like I am doing many of them justice.

So with that in mind, I am going to take a short blogging break in order to give myself a chance to recoup.  I don’t want to keep posting things that I am not overly happy with – if I wouldn’t particularly want to read it, why should I expect you to?!

I am hoping that Susannah Conway is planning her annual August Break photo challenge this year – if she does, then I will be back blogging away to join in with the challenge because it is really quite enjoyable.  That’s what I want blogging to be – enjoyable.  At the moment it doesn’t feel quite like that, so maybe when I return I will cut myself some slack and perhaps post less, but post better.

In the meantime I will be steeling myself for the crazy busy season in Wells (I hope that we will be crazy busy in the shop – looking forward to it!) and opening 7 days a week.  We have lots to look forward to – but I don’t want to be feeling too burned out before it has even started.

So I hope you will forgive me a little mini blogging break – I will be back soon!

Organdie. x

The Year in Books :: July 2015

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Just a short post for The Year in Books this month as I only really read one book and dipped in and out of a few others but didn’t really connect with any of them so they were put aside.

The book I did read – and absolutely adored – was Mariana by Monica Dickens. This really reminded me of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, which I read in February and also absolutely loved, and I just couldn’t put this book down.

It is gentle, funny and vivid novel about Mary growing up and encountering life and love, and as Persephone say in their lovely catalogue – it is a hot-water bottle novel.  Couldn’t agree more, there is nothing to dislike about the novel and I will look forward to reading it again in the cooler months, perhaps with a hot-water bottle of my own and more blankets than I needed when reading it this time.

As usual I have absolutely no idea about what I will be reading in July – although if you saw my last post The Library Lover’s Tag, you will see I have lots of books to have a go at!

What have you been reading in June?  Got anything amazing lined up for July?

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.

 

Library Lover’s Tag

Happy Friday everyone!  Thought I would attempt another book tag – I like watching them on Youtube, but don’t fancy starting up my own channel to respond, so blogging it is.

I saw The Library Lover’s Tag over on Elena Reads Books’ channel and thought it sounded like fun.

I have been using my local library a lot more recently, it’s just brilliant to be able to get books for free (and when they are not too old and covered in muck, hair etc – that really does put me off…..) and it means I can satisfy my craving for new, to me, books without spending much at all.

So here goes;

1: How often do you visit your local library?

You can usually find me in the library at least once a week, I am often spotted trawling the online catalogue for books I have spotted on YouTube too!

2: Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you know you can read, or are you someone who only checks out the exact amount of books you intend on reading before they are due?

Um….

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I check out a lot more than I can read! I like to have options with my reading!

3: How old were you when you got your first library card?

Probably about 4 or 5 I would guess.  I remember the card and the library very well indeed, we used to go on school visits as well as family ones.  I was quite often in the library.

4: Do you go into your library looking for a particular book, or do you check out anything that piques your interest?

It depends really.  Sometimes I will have a specific book in mind, but more often than not if I want a specific book I will have placed a reservation for it so I will be heading straight to the reservation shelves.  If it is just a regular visit, I take advantage of the fact that the books are free to read in order to try anything that takes my fancy, if I don’t like it I can just take it back free of charge, no harm done!

5: Do you use your library to check out just books or do you also check out DVDs, audiobooks etc?

Mainly just books.  I’m not sure I have ever checked out a DVD from the library, and only the occasional audiobook. I don’t tend to bother with audiobooks in CD form because they are so much bother to actually listen to – MP3s from Audible are much easier if I fancy a listen instead of a read.

6: From which section of your library do you check out most of your books?

I would say fiction tops the list, but I also use the library to look at craft books, photography books and the occasional biography.  I like to see the inside of coffee table books properly before I buy them, and the library is great for this.

7: What is your favourite part of using your local library?

Free books?! I like that I can try new authors or books that I am not sure if I will like for free without feeling guilty if I don’t get on with them.  If I buy a book and don’t like it I sometimes feel guilty for spending money on it in the first place.  Libraries are free and fabulous!

Do you like using your library too?

Organdie. x

(The original video is here)