First Line Fridays

Happy Friday Everyone! Welcome to my first, First Line Fridays post 🙂

This link up is hosted by Hoarding Books. The idea is simple, share the first line of your nearest book!


This week I am sharing the first sentence of my current read. I’m only a chapter in at time of writing and I am loving it so far!

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Ok so you are getting way more than just a line here! The first sentence (which I am using in the same way as first line in this case) seems to go on and on and on! It probably doesn’t help things that I have my kindle font size set to 5, but it does make things nice and comfortable on my eyes.

Do you recognise the book from the first sentence?

How about after seeing this image?

Yep that’s right, ‘Five Children and It‘ by E. Nesbit, which apparently I have never read before! I loved the show as a child though so I think my brain things I have read it.


Let me know the first line of the book closest to you and then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

Amazon’s ‘100 Books To Read In A Lifetime’ Tag!

This challenge is simple. Just tally up which books you have read for Amazon’s ‘100 Books To Read In A Lifetime’.

Thanks to Ben at Ace of Bens for tagging me in this challenge. Well actually he did the ‘tag anyone that wants to do it’ type of tag. Even so, I’m in! I am apparently obsessed with book lists.

The tag was originally created by Brittany over at Perfectly Tolerable.

Apparently the US and the UK versions of this list are different so I have adapted the list from Perfectly Tolerable accordingly. #TeamGB

I did however go through that list and managed to tick off 16/100 on the US list! 🙂 You can see the US version here.

Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne  READ 🙂 
Murder of the Orient Express Agatha Christie*
Watchmen
Alan Moore and Barry Marx
In our home library (not read by me)
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz*
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter  READ 🙂 
Bad Science Ben Goldacre
Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis In our home library (not read by me)
Dissolution C. J. Sansom
Great Expectations Charles Dickens I tried I really did! (DNF)
The Road Cormac McCarthy
Rebecca Dauphe du Marier
I Capture of the Castle Dodie Smith In our home library (not read by me)
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams In our home library (not read by me)
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance  Edmund de Waal
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Read 🙂 
The Enchanted Wood Enid Blyton*
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remaraque
Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway In our home library (not read by me)
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Read + Taught
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Garbiel Garciz Marquez
The Mill on the Floss George Eliot
1984 George Orwell Read 🙂 
A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin
In our home library (not read by me)
Brighton Rock Graham Greene
Last Orders Graham Swift
The Time Machine H. G. Wells Read 🙂
To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee Read + Taught
Norweigen Wood Haruki Murakami
Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding Read 🙂
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Casino Royale Ian Fleming In our home library (not read by me)
Atonement Ian McEwan
Knots and Crosses Ian Rankin
Trainspotting Irvine Welsh
The Fellowship of the Ring J. R. R. Tolkien
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling Read 🙂 
The Story of Tracey Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
Venice Jan Morris
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson
The Worst Witch Jill Murphy
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne Read 🙂
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John le Carre
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift*
Catch-22 Jospeh Heller
The Tiger Who Came To Tea Judith Kerr Read 🙂
The Gruffalo
Jula Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Jung Chang
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Cider with Rosie Laurie Lee Mbe
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood Read 🙂
The Book Thief Markus Zusak I tried listening to it. I should try again!
London Fields Martin Amis
Frankenstein Mary Shelley In our home library (not read by me)
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Read 🙂
Goodnight Mister Tom Michelle Magorian
American Gods Neil Gaiman In our home library (not read by me)
A History of the World in 100 Objects Neil Macgregor
Long Walk To Freedom Nelson Mandela
High Fidelity Nick Hornby
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
London: The Biography Peter Ackroyd
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick* In our home library (not read by me)
Watership Down Richard Adams
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl*
The Commitments Roddy Doyle
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Vally of Fear
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle*
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
The Stand Stephen King*
Freskonomics
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo Stieg Larsson
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 Sue Townsend
The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett In our home library (not read by me)
Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy Read 🙂
Schindler’s Ark Thomas Keneally
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies William Golding Read + Taught
White Teeth Zadie Smith

*Although I have not read the books listed, I have read other things by the same author.

Here are my totals:

  • Read > 11
  • Read + Taught > 3
  • In our home library but not read (by me anyway) > 11
  • DNF > 2

Oh dear, maybe I should have stuck with the US list. I did better on that one!

And now I tag…

  1. Vera from Unfiltered Tales
  2. Rhi from Thoughts Over Tea
  3. Lindsay at Bookboodle
  4. Mini at Book and Corner
  5. Anyone else who wants to try!

Let me know how it goes everyone!

 

WWW Wednesday 28th February

WWW Wednesday is a weekly link up at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. It challenges you to answer the three Ws of reading.

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What I am currently reading:

Well this is annoying. I finished my current read earlier today!

I have however also been reading poems from ‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying‘. The nature of the way I tackle poetry means this will be on my currently reading for a while but I won’t keep mentioning it week on week.

I cannot recommend this collection enough, especially as proceeds for your purchase goes to the charity Mind. It deserves much better than these images!

What I have just finished reading:

Today I finished ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ on my Kindle. It was distinctly meh. Some parts of it where magical, other parts where just, well, meh. It did however inspire me to start a new series ‘So Far So…‘ to chronicle my mini-mid-read-reviews.

What I will read next:

Next month’s #BritishBooksChallenge18 author and book of the month will be announced tomorrow so that may impact my next read.

I’m also addicted to reading on my Kindle so I may have to pick something else up for that.

Otherwise, I will start on ‘The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club‘ that I got for my birthday last month.

What about you? What are your answers to the Wednesday Whats?

WWW Wednesday 21st February

WWW Wednesday is a weekly link up at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. It challenges you to answer the three Ws of reading.

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What I am currently reading:

This week I did hardly any driving and zero long walks. This means ‘The Subtle Knife’ still has 57 minutes to go. I did try listening on my short journey to the office, but audiobooks just can’t be picked up and put down the same way books can. The small bit I did listen to will need re-listening to so I can stay in the flow!

I also started ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ on my Kindle. While I only knew about this story because of the upcoming film, it is the sort of book that appeals to me anyway. I’m only two chapters in and so far I am really enjoying it. I do find myself wondering which of the characters I am reading about is being played by Oprah. Maybe it will become clearer as the story moves on.

What I have just finished reading:

This week I finished ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ for this month’s #BritishBooksChallenge18. My review is already up (I’m very proud how quickly that happened) and I keen to read more of Daisy and Hazel’s adventures in the future. Just not yet! I will not fall into my usual trap of just binge reading my way through series. 2018 will be the year I read more widely!

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What I will read next:

To be honest, I am really not sure. My TBR is getting longer! I hope to dive into some poems when they arrive later this week:

WWW Wednesday 14th February

WWW Wednesday is a weekly link up at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. It challenges you to answer the three Ws of reading.

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What I am currently reading:

This week I did a LOT of driving. Well a lot of driving by England standards, I know my friends in the good old U.S of A think 4 hours driving as a short trip. For me 3.5 hours down to my Mum’s on Friday and 3 hours back on Monday lead to two big chunks of listening time. I arrived home with 57 minutes left to go on ‘The Subtle Knife’ (89% listened to).

I’ve listened to a fair few audible books previously and I am very fussy about the narrators voice. ‘His Dark Materials’ has a full cast of different voices. It makes the listening experience more dynamic (and great for not sending you to sleep when your driving).

My kindle is now almost a week old! I moved from phone app to Kindle to keep on with ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ for this month’s #BritishBooksChallenge18. I’m over half way now!

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What I have just finished reading:

This week I finished the last of ‘The Detectives’ stories. It has been a mixed bag, but I enjoyed them all to one degree or another. I will post a review soon.

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What I will read next:

As with last week, I won’t be starting anything new this week, but focusing on finishing ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ for the #BritishBooksChallenge18. Hopefully a long work at the weekend will finish ‘The Subtle Knife’ too.

WWW Wednesday 7th February

WWW Wednesday is a weekly link up at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. It challenges you to answer the three Ws of reading.

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What I am currently reading:

This week I started two new books and carried on with the short stories in ‘The Detectives’ collection.

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I also started listening to ‘The Subtle Knife’ (I’ve got lots of long drives this week so I will make some serious headway into it) and reading ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ on the kindle app.

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What I have just finished reading:

This week I only finished one of ‘The Detectives’ stories. I wasn’t that keen on ‘The Dead Harlequin’ but I would try more of them. The rest of the stories in the collection are other detectives I am not familiar with so more trial and error!

What I will read next:

I won’t be starting anything new this week, but focusing on finishing ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ for the #BritishBooksChallenge18. I even splashed out on a kindle (arriving tomorrow) so I have less to pack for my weekend away!

WWW Wednesday 31st January

WWW Wednesday is a weekly link up at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. It challenges you to answer the three Ws of reading.

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What I am currently reading:

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I have been reading this collection since Christmas. I’ve not spent that much time reading before bed so progress with this one has been slow. I’m enjoying it though and I am sure it will be finished soon. It has inspired me to read more short stories (and think about writing them as well).

What I have just finished reading:

This week I finished the following short stories in the above:

  • The Affair at the Victory Ball
  • The Submarine Plans
  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

These were all the Poirot stories. Next are stories are with characters that I don’t already know.

Today I also finished listening to Northern Lights. I have been plugging away at this one for ages. I’m excited to get started on the next instalment and I have a couple of long car journeys coming up to really dive into it.

What I will read next:

Something by the February author of the month for #BritishBooksChallenge18 (announced tomorrow).

Robin Stevens is the Author of the Month for #BritishBooksChallenge18. The latest book in the series will be released this month, but seeing as Robin is new to me I have gone back to the first book in the series and downloaded it onto my Kindle app.

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