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I’ve been a little bit lax lately in blogging terms. After my mammoth 40 day challenge (and believe me, some days it was more of a challenge than others) and the fact that I am crazy busy at work at the moment, my blog has become a little sparse in terms of posts recently. I am behind on reviews (I have about 8 to go up which means getting off my backside and writing them) but I am still reading lots and have some more ideas for posts and challenges coming up so watch this space.

 

 

In the meantime, I’ll leave you to ponder whatever happened to these things too…

 

10p per bar and not a penny wasted

Seriously, whatever happened to white dog poo?

Ba bah ba bah ba bah ba bah.....in the days when you could see 2 films in a row and someone would bring icecream to YOU!

Books set in Cornwall?

Question:

What do you do if you have been back from your holiday for a week and area already suffering from withdrawal symptoms?

 

Answer:

Book another one of course!

 

Yep, we have just booked a campervan for a week in early August and plan on travelling round Cornwall and Devon, parking on cliff tops to watch the sun set and rise, exploring quaint fishing villages and chilling on little beaches (weather permitting – it is the UK afterall!)

So, I have a question:

  What books do you recommend that are set in Cornwall?

I obviously know of Daphne du Maurier (but I have only read Rebecca and Jamaica Inn) so what others of hers are set there and are good holiday reads? I am open to all options: chicklit, mysteries & crime fiction, historical fiction, sagas etc. I would prefer something that is not too heavy going as I like my holiday reading light and fun and page-turning.

 

  Over to you…

I’m going on holiday! Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

♪  Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay ♪

Huzzah! I’m going on holiday for two whole weeks. Yep, two weeks of lying on the beach, dipping in the pool, drinking peach belinis and reading and pretty much nothing else. Mr Whisperer are flying off the Greek Island of Kefalonia to stay in a villa on the side of a hill, overlooking a quiet beach with nothing else around.

Chilling in a taverna

  But what about the books?

Okay, so let’s get our priorities right here: are my shorts, sun cream and flip-flops packed? Yes, yes and yes! But now onto the more important part of packing for any holiday: books!

Now, this is an important of any holiday planning whether it be a fortnight in the sun, a weekend in Europe or even an overnight stay in a hotel for work, and it’s important not to rush the ritual….

Now, you’d think that having aquired a Kindle this year that it would make my holiday book planning somewhat easier, yes? No. I kid you not, I have stressed just as much as I normally do when trying to cram 20 books and one pair of shorts into my suitcase (until Mr Whisperer sweaps in and unloads more than half of them – don’t get me started on the fact that they’re always the WRONG ONES! Tsk!) . Having a Kindle has not taken away the fact that I still have thousands of books sat at home all calling my name in thw hope that they may be the chosen ones.

  As with every trip I take, my packing routine looks a little like this:

 

Put suitcase on bed

Open it

Throw in shorts, vest tops, bikinis & flip-flops

Stop to look lovingly at large pile of books on floor

Throw in some toiliteries

Pick a few books of pile & decide that I can’t possibly lose any of them

Put them back on pile

Pack sun cream

Maybe I will just remove these two…

Ooh, sun hat!

Throw in a beach towel

Throw a tantrum that I have had to narrow my pile down to just ten

Dresses – will need a few for the evenings

Grieve for the books I have given up

Pack remaing 10 books (and Kindle!)

Unpack remaining 10 books and play eenie-meenie-minie-moe

A moment’s silence for the ones that got away *pause*

Pack iPod and camera

Pack remaining books and close lid of suitcase

*2 hours later*

I’ll just check that the books that are left are the right ones…….

 

So anyway, I have now created a little *holiday reading list on my Kindle and also some hardcopy books** which include the following:

(*I reserve the right to change my mind on any of the below titles due to my fickle nature and inability to walk past an airport bookshop without coming away with armfuls of shiny new things!)
(**  No I won’t read anywhere near them all but a girl’s gotta have options!)
 
 

Anyway, I have scheduled some posts to go out while I’m away – I love getting your comments so please do pop by and I will reply to all when I get home. Bye for now 🙂

 

Boof’s Blah Blah Blah’s

 

My birthday weekend

I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had a chance to tell you all about my birthday weekend 2 weeks ago: 

Mr Whisperer took me to a little cottage by the beach in west Wales for my birthday. We had a deck overlooking the sea and the weather was so mild that we could sit out and watch the waves and chill out in wonderful peace and quiet.

As well as chilling at the cottage, we went for long walks on the beach and we also went for a walk along a river (in T-shirts, it was so warm) in the middle of Snowdonia and stopped for tea and cake (yep – there was quite a lot of this went on all weekend ;)). We also went up to Conwy on the north Wales coast and wandered around the castle walls and had a nosey inside the smallest house in the UK (which is literally one tiny room downstairs and one tiny room upstairs – so quirky). 

 

Walking in Beddgelert, Snowdonia

Smallest house in Britain



View from our cottage

 

On the day of my birthday, I awoke to the smell of fresh coffee and crumpets coming from the conservatory of the cottage that overlooks the sea. I was greeted by a scrummy breakfast and a pile of cards and presents.

Now, I have whinged and moaned so often in the past about my lack of booky presents in the past that you can imagine my shock to open this:

My Kindley treat

I had absolutely no idea I was getting this as I hadn’t really ever considered getting an e-reader before. I love the look, feel and smell of books and e-readers almost seemed impersonal. I am a convert! OK, that’s not stricktly true as I still love my books but I have to admit that I have loved every minute of setting up my Kindle and downloading books – I didn’t know I could get so many for FREE!!! It was so useful for the last few weeks as I have been away training for my new job and where I would normally have a suitcase full of more books than clothes for this lenghth of stay, I only needed to pack my Kindle (well, OK, I took 3 books too – a girl has to have options!)

My new toy, complete with shiny red leather folder

What do you think to e-readers?

 

And finally…

Look what my gorgeous nieces bought me for my birthday:

Cats and books - what more is there to life?

How well they know me! 😉

Have a great week everyone!

Boof’s Blah Blah Blah’s

A reading hiatus?

I creatinly hope not! I start my new job tomorrow, and while I am genuinely really looking forward to it, part of me is worrying about how it will affect my reading this month. For the first three weeks I am on an induction and training course away from home so I’m going to be really busy during the day and knackered in the evening. I do hope that I get some chilling time to cosy up with my books though, especially as I have some seriously spooky ones to take with me – reading them alone in a hotel should highten the scariness…..mwahahahaha!

  Dare you read it?

I kicked off my Dare you read it? series a few days ago, where I plan to make October a month of reading spooky and scary books. I have already read a few – reviews coming up soon – and I also have loads more to choose from. I won’t get them all read but I would like to at least read some of the following:

The Monk by Matthew Lewis, Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, Seance by John Harwood, Ghost Writer by John Harwood, Comes the Blind Fury by John Saul, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

 

 

A little ambitious to think I may get through them all, but I’ll have a good go at cracking the spines of as many as possible.

Have you read any of these?

  It’s raining books

Of course, choosing my reading for this month has meant that I have absolutely HAD to buy books!  😉

 

 

 

These books are a mixutre of bought, swapped and sent by publishers / authors. I would like to say thank you to Haus Publishing, Vintage, Amazon Vine and author Rosy Thornton for sending me their books – I look forward to reading them all.

What I got:

The Caligraphers Secret by Rafik Schami (sent my the publisher)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (swapped)

The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (cannot wait for my next Nesbo fix!)

Dracula The Undead by Dacre Stoker (the official sequel apparantly)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (bought to read this month)

Warm Bodies byIsaac Marion (sent by Vintage – looks great!)

The Tiger by John Vaillant (sent by Amazon Vine)

Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves by P G Wodehouse (swapped – this will be my first Wodehouse and really looking forward to it)

The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton (sent by the author – looks like a wonderfully gentle read that I will probably be craving after this month!)

Comes the Bind Fury by John Saul (swapped – I read this about 23 years ago and I’m rereading it for my scary book month)

Weep No More My Lady by Mary Higgins Clark (bought these next three at a second hand shop for my Queen of Suspense challenge – love MHC!)

Stillwatch by Mary Higgins Clark

A Stranger is Watching by Mary Higgins Clark

 

  Wot…..no books?

 

(Hahahahaha…….do you remeber the Wot…no? thingy. If you were around in the 80’s you probably will).

Anyway, I have a complaint to make! Why is it that none of my family or friends ever buy me books? True, I buy them for myself and true, I receive them from publishers and authors, but still…..

 It’s my birthday this coming Saturday and I am utterly unable to persuade anyone I know that what I actually want as a present is more books! I get reactions ranging from raised eyebrows right through to belly-laughter. People appear incapable of believing that yes, what I want ( ♪  what I really really want ♪ ) is more books! Gah!!!

Does anyone else have this problem? 😦

 

  Have a great week everyone. Happy reading 🙂

 

Boof’s Blah Blah Blah’s

It’s Monday…

which normally means back to work, but as I am still on holiday until my new job starts I am going for a walk in the Pennines today with my parents. We’ll be getting the train there (time for reading) and also, there are several coffee pit-stops planned along the way (time for more reading) so I’m looking forward to a nice day out in the fresh air. Boo hiss to all of you who are on your way to work!

 

 

I’m reading…

Well firstly, I have to say that a couple of days ago I finished Dog Boy by Eva Hornung and it has made it on to my current list of best books of 2010. I LOVED it! My review will be up next week sometime so please look out for that.

 

I started reading Dracula by Bram Stoker this weekend and I am just loving it so far. The first few chapters were so spooky and eerie and brilliantly written. I am currently at the part where the ship the Demeter has just sailed into Whitby Harbour (with no crew) and they have found the captains log book….dun dun duuuuuuunnnnnn!!! Has anyone else read it? I can’t wait to get stuck in and read some more.

 

 

Dare you read it?

In October, the month of Halloween when the nights draw in, I plan on doing some posts about spooky or scary books that I am either going to read shortly or review some that I have read in the past but haven’t got round to reviewing on my blog yet. Books that are perfect for those chilly evenings where all we want to do is curl up infront of the fire with a good (spooky) book. I will call the post “Dare you read it?”

What do you think?

 

  BBAW

I loved the BBAW, did you? I discovered some fantastic new blogs that were  completely new to me and enjoy similar books to me so I have spent many a happy hour trawling through reviews and picking up recommendations to add to Mt.TBR.

I didn’t do the final post about my blogging plans for this year on Friday as I wasn’t sure I had much to say as I don’t plan on making any big changes to my blog just yet. However, I have made one resolution and this is to read more books off my own personal TBR pile as I do sometimes feel pressured with reading review copies. The dilemma is, though, that I love receiving them in the post (it’s like Christmas every day I get one – I can’t smile wide enough!), but sometimes they look at me from the shelves and make me feel guilty everytime I walk past them. It’s so nice to just be able to pick up a book off my shelf that I haven’t read yet (i.e. Dracula) that I haven’t got round to reading yet but really fancy picking up. Do you have this problem too? I swear I will need to live to be 500 years old to fit in all the books I want to!

 

Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

 

 

Boof’s Blah Blah Blah’s

On the slopes

Hope you’re all having a great weekend? Mr Whisperer have been snowboarding at the slopes in Xscape in Castleford – just for the hell of it.  Yowzer – it hurts! Two hours of snowboarding, I reckon, is the equivalent of doing at least 1000 squats! I think I used every muscle in my legs and backside (including some I didn’t even know I had) just to stand up on the damn thing. What fun though 🙂 Once we actually managed to stay upright for more than a few seconds it was fun going down the slopes (expecially when Mr Whisperer did the best comdey fall ever). We think we might have a go at skiing next and see what that’s like. Have you ever done snowboarding? What did you think?

This is EXACTLY what I looked like on the slopes 😉

 

  Mary Higgins Clark challenge

Oh my, I am loving this challenge. Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time will know what a huge fan of Mary Higgins Clark I am! I discovered her books last year by accident and I can’t get enough of them now – they are my ultimate comfort reads. So imagine how thrilled I was to discover that Marce from Tea Time with Marce has started “The Queen of Suspense” challenge. The challenge lasts for a year and I am opting for reading 6 of her books: considering that I read one on holiday last week and I am currently reading another I’m off to a pretty good start. Please check out Marce’s blog if you want to join in with me.

 

  Meet the Whisperer family

A few weeks ago whilste in the middle of a panic attack about how many review copies I had on my shelves, I had a brainwave: My parents love books; I have loads of unread books; they can help me read and review them. Genius! Mummy and Daddy Whisperer will making their debut in the next few weeks.

And also, I am thrilled to be introducing one of the biggest loves of my life – my gorgoues 7 year old niece, Sophie Whisperer. Sophie, to my immense joy, is a book lover too:  when she was up in Yorkshire a few weeks ago staying with us, I was giving her a goodnight kiss and cuddle and she said “we’re like twins, you and me; we both like books, we both like cats and we both wear glasses”. Exactly! 😉 Sophie will be reviewing some of her favourite books and I can’t wait to see her reviews.

 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Have you got up to anything exciting or just having a chilling one?