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Book Tag – Shelfie By Shelfie #11

Published September 26, 2018 by bibliobeth

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Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new tag – Shelfie by Shelfie that I was inspired to create late one night when I couldn’t sleep. If you want to join in, you share a picture (or “shelfie”) of one of your shelves i.e. favourites, TBR, however you like to organise them, and then answer ten questions that are based around that particular shelf. I have quite a large collection and am going to do every single bookshelf which comprises both my huge TBR and the books I’ve read and kept but please, don’t feel obliged to do every shelf yourself if you fancy doing this tag. I’d love to see anything and just a snapshot of your collection would be terrific and I’m sure, really interesting for other people to see!

Here are the other Shelfies I’ve done: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  7 8 9 and 10.

Anyway – on with the tag, we’re finally onto the top shelf of my second bookshelf. I’ve chosen not to bother sharing the bottom shelf of my first bookshelf as it’s filled with all myself and my boyfriend’s science textbooks and nobody’s interested in those, are they?!

And here are the questions!:

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

Finally Beth, we have some organisation and things look a bit tidier! This bookshelf has the honour of being one of my emptiest and most organised bookshelf. If only they all could be like this – sigh. Up on the top shelf we have mostly non fiction hardbacks which belong to both my boyfriend and myself. He tends to primarily read non fiction but will indulge in a fiction from time to time (more about that later).

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

I’m going to go with Thames: Sacred River by Peter Ackroyd. I haven’t read this book yet but Mr B (my other half) has and highly recommends it. Whenever I look at this book I think of him and the time we spent together living in London. We moved to the countryside a couple of years ago to get away from the busyness and hectic commute that I had when living in London but I still have very fond memories of the city and the exciting things we did when we were there.

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Funnily enough this isn’t a hard question this time round as it would be one of Mr B’s books – The Zone Of Interest by Martin Amis. I recently read a short story by Martin Amis called The Coincidence Of The Arts and have always been curious about him as a writer. I really didn’t enjoy it and probably won’t read anything else by him, he just isn’t an author for me.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

It would be The Casual Vacancy, an adult novel by J.K. Rowling. I probably won’t re-read it myself but I gave it to Mr B some time ago as I thought he would enjoy it and he STILL hasn’t got round to reading it yet. I would save it and then push it into his hands, reminding him that he still has to read it!

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

That again would be Thames: Sacred River by Peter Ackroyd which Mr B and I have had since our London days.

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

That would be the book at the end which is The Brief History Of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories In Our Genes by Adam Rutherford. It was a Christmas present from my family to Mr B but I’m planning to get my paws on it either before he gets round to reading it or afterwards.

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

A VERY easy choice. That would be The Book Of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary by Caspar Henderson and Golbanou Moghaddas (illustrator). First of all, look at that cover. Then, look at the inside. My little bibliophile heart is going crazy for all the gorgeousness!

How childish of me to choose the illustration with the “genital fingered” stomatopod. Tee hee.

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

There are two beautiful bookends on this shelf which are two brass monkeys reading. How apt! This is a very special object to me as they were a present from Mr B when he passed by a charity shop, saw them and couldn’t resist buying them for me! I adore them with all my heart.

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

I think this shelf says that I appreciate a beautiful book, I love to share books with my other half and that I enjoy a good non fiction read from time to time.

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

I won’t tag anyone but if anyone wants to do this tag, I’d be delighted and I’d love to see your shelfie.

For other Shelfie by Shelfies round the blogosphere, please see:

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads FAVOURITES shelfie HERE and her Shelfie by Shelfie 2 HERE.

Sarah @ The Aroma Of Books Shelfie 1A, 1B, 1C 1D and 1E

Dee @ Dees Rad Reads And Reviews Shelfie HERE

Jacquie @ Rattle The Stars Shelfie HERE

Stuart @ Always Trust In Books Shelfie #1 HERE.

Jennifer @ Tar Heel Reader Shelfie #1, 2, 3, 4  5, 6, and 7

Paula @ Book Jotter Shelfie #1 HERE.

Gretchen @ Thoughts Become Words Shelfie HERE.

Kathy @ Pages Below The Vaulted Sky Shelfie by Shelfie #1 HERE.

Jenn, Eden and Caitlynn @ Thrice Read Share A Shelfie HERE.

Thank you so much to Chrissi, Sarah, Dee, Jacquie, Stuart, Jennifer, Paula, Gretchen, Kathy, Jenn, Eden and Caitlynn for participating in Shelfie by Shelfie, it really means the world to me. Hugs!

If you’ve done this tag or you’re one of the people above and I’ve missed out one of your shelfies please let me know and I’d be happy to add you to Shelfie by Shelfies round the blogosphere!

COMING SOON on bibliobeth : Shelfie by Shelfie #12

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

Published September 25, 2013 by bibliobeth

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

What’s it all about?:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

What did I think?:

There’s been a lot of publicity about this book, as there always is when a psudonym is revealed to be one of our most famous authors, trying her hand at a spot of adult crime fiction. Our main character, Cormoran Strike, is one of the most mysterious and compelling main characters that I have read in recent times. He works as a private detective, but business has been a bit on the quiet side, so when John Bristow walks into his office, requiring his services to investigate the death of his sister, supermodel Lula Landry, which he considers to be suspicious, Strike is propelled into a world of broken families, the insistent paparazzi, dodgy deals, drugs and a bit of rock and roll, which Strike is no stranger to himself.

However Strike has more than a few skeletons in the closet himself. The author teases us with tidbits of his life, without every saying too much so the reader is kept intrigued and on tenterhooks as to what is going to be revealed next, if at all. His main issue at the moment is that he has a prosthetic leg, after part of it was blown off while he was serving in Afghanistan, but he is desperately secretive about this fact, and tries to keep his limp under wraps when in company. We also learn that he has just escaped from a toxic relationship, and as a result, has to live in his office, with just a camp bed as his luxury, but again, not many details are given about the woman he has left, leaving the reader craving more. What else? Well, he had a relatively disrupted childhood with an unfit mother, he has a rock and roll father that he never sees, and numerous half-siblings dotted about the place. There is so much depth and layers to this character that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about him and definitely cannot wait to find out more – I get a sense we have only just scraped this surface with this one!

As for the plot in general, I thought it was a brilliant and exciting read, which put me in mind of some of the real classic crime fiction that we used to see. No frills, nothing fancy, no head-spinning twists, but just a good, clean mystery to unravel which was very refreshing. In fact, I only have one little niggle with this book, I would have loved for the character of Robin, Strike’s secretary to be a little stronger. Perhaps it was because Strike is such a prominent character himself, but it would have been nice if she had been better defined. As for the author writing under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, I completely understand her reasons behind it  (why should you be so negatively or positively rated on just your name anyhow?) and sympathise that it came out before she was ready for the world to find out. I’m hoping that this is going to be a series of books, as it is advertised as Cormoran Strike #1, as I can’t wait to delve a little deeper into Strike’s enticing world.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling

Published July 11, 2013 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

What did I think?:

There have been a lot of mixed reviews about this book, and I started it slightly concerned as I am a big fan of the Potter series, but determined to keep an open mind. I’m so glad I did, as I actually really enjoyed it, and J.K. Rowling has firmly established herself as a talented writer of both childrens and adults fiction, in my opinion.  There are a LOT of characters to come to terms with, and I was worried that this could prove a problem, but I think I managed to get everyone sorted in my head. Warning, a lot of these characters if not all of them, are extensively unlikeable, but I thought that made them more interesting (and I’m a bit of a fan of a character with a foible or two anyway).

So, Barry Fairbrother, who has a prominent seat on the local parish council, unexpectedly dies of a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage in his early forties, the whole town of Pagford is in shock. This soon turns to a lot of squabbling between the various families over who should be elected in his place. This escalates further when someone posing as “The Ghost of Barry Fairbrother” posts an inflammatory message about one of the people standing for election, with various (true) accusations that may threaten their position. The “ghost” posts several more messages, in each one attacking a different member so the little town of Pagford fears no-one may be safe from the malicious comments.

The drama comes thick and fast in this novel with almost every character getting a bit of “air-time,” which I absolutely loved. The ones who stood out for me were the retch-worthy Howard (the description of the rash under his prominent belly was almost too much, even for me!), the nasty Samantha, who develops a very humorous crush on a member of her daughters favourite boy band, and the tormented but tough teenager Krystal. I don’t want to say too much about the ending but I thought it was poignant, heart-breaking, and fantastically compelling. One word of caution, for those wanting to read this expecting a bit of Harry Potter, this is NOTHING like it. Honestly. The language can be crude, the topics are controversial, and nope,there is not one little swish of a wand, or even a teensy-winsy hint of magic. But if you like your fiction intense, deep, and a little bit dark, this is the book for you. J.K. Rowling has definitely proved herself as a credible author in my opinion with this, her first (and definitely adult) novel.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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WWW Wednesday #10

Published July 10, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Another week has flown by, I haven’t had a chance to do much reading this week, and its WWW Wednesday time. Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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This is a book I got free from NetGalley (thanks to Algonquin Books), I’m nearly halfway through and not quite sure what to make of it yet, although it is compelling.

What did you recently finish reading?:

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I really enjoyed this very adult, and definitely NOT Harry Potter-esque book, my review is to follow very shortly so check back if you’re interested!

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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This book is on the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club List for 2013, but I had bought it already prior to that as I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’m going to be doing a post on it with my sister Chrissi, comparing our views interview stylee.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your link and I’ll come pay a visit. Happy Reading Everyone!

WWW Wednesday #9

Published July 3, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Another week has flown by, and its WWW Wednesday time. Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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John Banville won the Man Booker prize for his novel The Sea but this is the first of his books that I have read. Enjoyable so far!

What did you recently finish reading?:

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I read this book as part of a challenge on one of my GoodReads book clubs – it WAS a bit of a challenge, and my review will be posted later today so check back if you fancy reading it.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about this book! Looking forward to starting it and seeing what all the fuss is about.

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your links and I’ll come visit!