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23-01-12 Love Books Weekly Showcase

Welcome to another showcase! And what a fabulous showcase I’m sure it’s going to be.

Last week, I asked you to tell me about books you thought you’d love but actually hated, and vice versa, and two books in particular had you divided: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J D Salinger and “The Book of Lost Things” by John Connolly. Loved by some of you and hated by others, they nonetheless highlight how intensely personal the reading experience is. If we weren’t sure before, we can now confidently say there’s no one size fits all when it comes to our literary likes and dislikes.

This week, I started reading “How to be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran. Now I’m a little late to this party, I know. and in all honesty, I’d been staying away from it because a) there aren’t any vampires b) I assumed (wrongly) it was going to be nothing more than a series of rantings about how women must do X, Y and Z; and c) normally when people rave about something, I find it incredibly disappointing (excluding cakes of course!). However, I can hand on heart say this has been one of my most eye-opening reads in a while.

Having not had the time or opportunity to properly engage my brain whilst riding the rollercoaster of 2 under the age of 2, Moran has broken through the fog of my baby brain and prompted me to think about my own views about what it means to be a woman. I really feel it’s come at the right time for me; I’m feeling that bit stronger and I’m encouraged to resume my mission to become A Hell Of A Woman.

With this in mind, what I want to talk about this week is “controversial reads”. What have you read that was surrounded by lots of hype and what did you think of it? Was it deserving of the media buzz? Maybe you’ve read something that caused you to change your life in some way, or affected the way you think? Whatever your experience may be, I want to hear about it!

I’ll be starting the conversation over at the Love All Blogs Community Network Forum and you can also share your thoughts with me on twitter using the hashtag #conreads. If you write a blog post based on this topic, don’t forget to enter it in next week’s showcase and if you share the link with me, I’ll spread the word about it on twitter for you.

But before we get distracted chatting, lets get reading! Showcase, over to you… 

Introduction kindly written by Rhiannon from  A Hell Of A Woman

That Book You Like – Intergalatic coming of age: ‘Glow’

Intergalatic coming of age: 'Glow'

This summer I’ve been reading my second ever e-book, and I’ve found I’ve gotten quite used to reading off the small screen. Only problem is, it requires access to the ipad…not as easy as it might sound, when you’ve got two boys very quick and keen to monopolise this font of endless entertainment.

Not to be undone, I’ve also had a couple of good old paper-books on the go as well. And so, while the kids have been happy app-hunting and youtubing, I’ve been having a little read of Amy Kathleen Ryan’s “Glow” (Pan MacMillan).

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Hello Wall…. – My Favourite Books

My Favourite Books

This is part of a ‘linky’ run by A Mummy Too where we were asked to choose our three favourite books. One from our childhood, one from adulthood and one from parenthood. I loved the idea of this and so I’ve joined in!…As a parent, the book I have loved the most is ‘The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business’ by Werner Holzwarth and Wolfgang Erlbruch. It is basically about poo. A mole has a poo land on his head and sets off to find the culprit! It is simply brilliant.

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Actually Mummy… – Home


I thought very hard whilst I was at school about what home meant to me. I thought about Mummy and Daddy and the Bug, but they are camera-shy. I thought about our house, but it’s a bit dull and ordinary. I thought about my bedroom, with all it’s pink fluffy stuff…..

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Romanian mum in London – Romanian folk tale

On this blog I posted Romanian pictures, Romanian recipes and Romanian superstitions but I missed sharing with you my lovely readers some of the Romanian folk tales.

This story that I am going to write down for belongs two Ion Creanga. He is one of the greatest Romanian writers and a true storyteller. He was born in 1837 in a village of white-washed houses,high in the

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My Rusty Halos – Escaping in to a story

You will often find my nose buried in a book. First thing in the morning while eating breakfast a story’s words help stop the frantic list making that my own words are trying to put together. While travelling it fills in the time until we get there. In the bath it helps my mind drift and relax.

We moved to Greece when I was 12 years old. I can remember the day the big van came and took all our boxes of books away to our new home. I re-read them many times until we found a little newsagent that

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Hot For Writing – Public Bookshelves Spread Across Germany

Public Bookshelves Spread Across Germany

Aubermann’s group has placed four public bookshelves ourdoors in Cologne, with two more located inside local Ikea stores. Such shelves have also appeared across Germany in cities including Berlin and Hannover, as well as in suburbs and villages, holding around 200 books. The shelves are usually financed by donations and cared for by local volunteer groups, and they take around six weeks to ‘turn over’ and for all old titles to be replaced with new…

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House With No Name – Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

I’m a huge fan of the Costa Book Awards. They’ve helped me discover loads of fantastic books over the years and when the organisers asked me to be a judge for the 2011 first novel of the year prize I was so excited I could hardly speak. The five 2011 category winners were announced last week and I can’t wait to discover the overall winner at the award ceremony in London on January 24. But in the meantime I was thrilled to see that the winner of the children’s category is Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

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making it up – Beautiful malice – book review

So I completely forgot to publish another Our Year in Books post last weekend (gah!) but I have been reading. In fact I’ve read four books so far this year, but some of them will be reviewed other places, I’ll link when available.

Beautiful Malice though, I’ll do you here.

First of all, I think this is actually aimed at older teens – it’s US and the main strand is set at the end of high school.

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WAHM-BAM! – A renaissance in book cover art?

A renaissance in book cover art?

It has struck us, recently, that publishers of hardbacks often seem to be pushing out the boat a lot in terms of presentation – stunning cover art, superior paper stock, integral bookmarks, gilding, embossing and so on, with the best ones really getting to the heart of the book they’re enveloping. Are they perhaps doing so in part to counteract the (often) cheaper digital versions being available for immediate download?

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Minibreak Mummy – Reading challenge 2012 and goodreads

Reading challenge 2012 and goodreads

I am enjoying the fact that I have slightly more chance to read than I did when my son was very young. Reading makes me feel more like me again.

So I signed up to a goodreads challenge to read 25 books during 2012. That’s one book a fortnight, so it should be possible to do that.

I’m using, because it is a really easy way to track what you’re reading, and also see what your friends are reading.

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I need curtains for the window in my head… – The Joy of Books

After seeing a link to this video on Facebook this morning (thank you to the lovely Deborah for sharing!) I decided it was far too amazing not to share it! I’ve watched it about four times already and think it’s such a wonderful advertisement for real, beautiful, PAPER books….(yes, I am a little bit anti Kindle/ebook!)….also having worked in a book store before it really spoke to me about how magical book stores are.

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Musings of a stressy mummy – Book Review – The Somnambulist by Essie Fox

The beautiful painting of the same name by Millais weaves cleverly in and out of the story in this debut novel by Essie Fox. We are in Victorian England with the heroine of the novel Phoebe Turner who is only 17 at the beginning of the novel. She is portrayed as a charming young woman who is mature, yet has had very little life experience beyond her life with her mother and her aunt.

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Musings of a stressy mummy – Fiction Fridays

Fiction Fridays

Sometimes, when I pick up a children’s book that I haven’t read for a long time, it brings back lovely happy memories, like seeing an old friend again. This was how I felt when I saw this book in the library yesterday. I used to read this book to my now seven year old a lot. And I mean a lot! You know how young children are when they go through that repetitive stage. Well I had forgotten about this book and I really enjoyed reading it today to my little girl.

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Just Bring the Chocolate – Every Bookshelf Needs

Every Bookshelf Needs

It was instant literary love. To be honest the subject matter could have been about anything and I would have been smitten. The bright, engaging, exquisitely painted pictures are enough to push my happy button by themselves. There is something about them that makes them addictively appealing. I suspect it is the fact that there is so much love painted into each little detail of each one that makes it quite so special…

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Three Girls and a Pen – The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Mum on the Edge

The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Mum on the Edge

While reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea to my daughter recently, it dawned on me that it’s actually the allegorical tale of a Stay at Home Mum who’s had one of those days. I’ve been that woman. I know how her day went. October half-term. Raining. She’s run out of let’s-have-fun things to do with her daughter…

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The book honestly made me feel like I wasn’t alone, it wasn’t just me that felt this way. She understood. It was almost like she had been reading my journal.

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An amazingly fast-paced thriller, with an, um, ‘quirky’ lead character, this book kept me on my toes the whole time. I was bearly able to to tear myself away to eat dinner.

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Mammasaurus – Ten ‘Alternative’ Books To Read Before You Die

Soooo…. if you could put one of these on your coffee table / downstairs loo for visitors to read which would you chose ?! (see if you can spot the odd one out …)

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