Wondrous Words Wednesday (29th Oct)

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and visit her blog.

I was inspired by Bermuda Onion to include the sentence I discovered the word, to give you a little sense of the context:

1. elucidate – “Holroyd tried to elucidate his religious beliefs, and – especially after whisky – lectured to him against supersitition and missionaries” ~The Lord of the Dynamos by H.G. Wells

                 – to clarify, make lucid, explain.

2. insouciance – “…despite Dominik’s insouciance when it came to money.” ~Eighty Days Blue by Vina Jackson

                 – indifference, lack of care or concern

Musing Mondays (20th Oct)

musingmondays51Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading and asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

Since taking over this blog I have done my best to stick to a kind of schedule with various memes on their days and book reviews on Friday or Saturday. However, if you look back over the past few weeks you can see this clearly isn’t working for me as I haven’t managed to post any book reviews. I know part of it is I simply am not organised enough at the moment to remember to write reviews in advance and get them ready to post. And even when I have, I still find it difficult to take the time to post it as Friday is the day my focus is elsewhere (Scouting), and most Saturdays are spent recovering from Scouts.

Currently I try and join in memes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Again, this is something I need to work on becoming more consistent with. You can see why I was trying to post reviews on Friday as it logically makes sense, however, as I said, it’s not working for me.  So I have two options. The first is to find another day to put up reviews; the other is to write and post reviews as I finish books. While I think the former will not be much different to the problems I’m having now, I worry with the latter that reviews will be all over the place. Of course, regardless of what I decide, I am going to continue working on improving my organisation so this becomes a problem of the past.

So, as a reader of this blog, do you think it’s important to post reviews on the same day each week (with reviews being missed some weeks), or would you rather read reviews as and when I can post them?

Teaser Tuesdays (14th Oct)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Counted the rain drops as they trickled down the window pane. Had no energy to get drink so I contemplated opening the window and holding my tongue under the raindrops, quenching my thirst like a capuchin monkey licking water off leaves in the dry season.  ~p.p.101 Verity Red’s Diary: A Story of Surviving M.E. by Maria Mann

*I write about my own experiences with M.E. on my personal blog Empty Thoughts, Rewritten.

Teaser Tuesday (7th Oct)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Cherry looked exactly as her name suggested.  Her hair was dyed a vivid pink and cropped into a perfectly smooth bowl shape.

~p.p. 67 Eighty Days Blue (Eighty Days #2) by Vina Jackson

Musing Monday (6th Oct)

musingmondays51Musing Mondays is hosted by MizB of Should be Reading and asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

While most of the hype about the 50 Shades trilogy has dampened, there are still discussions about it popping up everywhere. I have read the books and my personal opinion is that, while not particularly well written, they aren’t awful if you accept them as an abusive love story, rather than books about BDSM.

Knowing this, a friend recommended the Eighty Days trilogy. I am currently reading the second in the series Eighty Days Blue (I have also read the first book Eighty Days Yellow), and honestly can say it’s nothing like 50 Shades.  From a romance perspective, it is certainly different as, at least to begin with, the two main characters aren’t exclusive.  As for the BDSM in the series, it shows both the positives of it working well, and the negatives and dangers when things go wrong. At points it borders on severely dark, while at other points it seems nothing more than a contemporary story about a woman finding her place in her life and in the world.

Have you read the 50 Shades trilogy? How about other books that include BDSM as part of the story? Or are you against books like these being so mainstream? Leave your comments below, but please remember everyone is entitled to their own opinion – abusive posts will be deleted.

Review – Selected Short Stories by H.G. Wells

h. g. wells  short storiesTitle: Selected Short Stories (including The Time Machine)

Author: H. G. Wells

Published: 1958 (first pub. 1927)

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre: Short Stories/Science-Fiction

Source: My bookshelf

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads

Amazon UK

(Sorry, unsure which American version has the same stories in)

I have wanted to read The Time Machine by H. G. Wells for quite some time so when I saw it on my shelf at my parents I had to pick it up. The book I have is actually a selection of Wells’ short stories, all of which are science-fiction.

To be honest I wasn’t overly impressed by The Time Machine, though I have a feeling that was largely due to having seen a film adaptation of it a few years ago.  However, all the other stories in the book blew me away. I have never been particularly drawn to science-fiction; it’s not that I won’t read it, simply that I’ll usually choose something else. After read this collection by Wells, I am now desperate to get my hands on anything science-fiction that can give me the same feelings of awe and inspiration.

Not only are his stories incredibly well thought out, they are also impeccably written. It isn’t often I find books that make me want to write because of the beauty of the language, so needless to say I will be looking into reading more of Wells’ work. One thing I found interesting was that in almost every story the narrator was someone retelling a story told to him by the protagonist. I am fairly certain trying this now would be shot down, but for the kind of stories Wells tells it works incredibly well and suspends the disbelief so it’s hard to remember it is just a story and not something that actually happened.

Admittedly sometimes the descriptions are a little long-winded, and occasionally pulls the reader out of the story, which is what happens with The Time Machine, however, the stories are usually worth getting through that. One thing I really loved about the stories is that many (all?) of them don’t have a purpose – they are not written for moral influence, in fact often they seem to have no point at all beyond simply telling a story. Usually this can work against a book, but as these are short stories it was actually pleasant to read without concerning ourselves with the ‘point’ of a book. It does make you wonder what kind of mind H. G. Wells had to come up with such incredible stories, especially given the time they were written, and I would give almost anything to have seen inside that mind, but at least we have many stories which undoubtedly cover a large range of ideas and concepts.

I hate that it took me so long to try H. G. Wells as he is one of the most inspiring and imaginative storytellers I’ve ever read. Yes, I will be reading everything else he’s written, and yes, I recommend his work to everyone. It may seem strange for me to say I recommend his work based on one collection of short stories, but the writing and imagination shown in them is so consistent I have a hard time believing he could have written something unenjoyable. Therefore I feel it’s safe to say H. G. Wells has earned his place as one of my favourite authors.