Category: Discussions & Memes

The Sunshine Blogger Award

If you don’t know about this one, The Sunshine Bloggers Award is a community award where bloggers nominate other bloggers who bring positivity to the community. I was honoured to be nominated by a couple of people over on twitter—Coffee, Book & Candle— and want to say a BIG thank you to Jack, at Jack’s Bedtime Reading, for his nomination! 

Loved, loved, loved his answer but more, he’s set some really interesting questions!


So, how does this all work? Well, the rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer 11 questions prompted by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and set the 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award badge on your post and or your blog

And now, drum roll please, here are my answers to Jack’s questions:

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WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds where we will answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently Reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

While this is a weekly meme, I think I’ll only be doing it when I’m just about to finish a book—and about to start a new one—which makes more sense, right?

What I’m currently reading:

I’m reading an ARC sent to me by Titan books, the first book in a SF trilogy, Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell, but I’m struggling. What should have taken me about 3 evenings to read, has taken all weekend, and we’re now Wednesday and I still haven’t finished it. It’s not that it’s a bad book, just not a great one. Frustrating to say the least.

What did I recently finish reading:

I just recently finished reading Bitter Medicine by Sara Paretsky, which was an excellent read. You can always rely on Paretsky and her V.I. Warshawski series to provide a thoroughly engrossing read.

What I plan on reading next:

I’m excited to read And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic this coming weekend which, truth be told, has been sat on my TBR for some time now. But, as I joined in to do the #OcTBRChallenge, in which you tackle left over books on your TBR, I’ve managed to read through a few. Some good, some not so great. But at least the pile is shrinking.

And you, what are you currently reading, or thinking of reading next?

Top Ten Tuesday: Really Long Titles

It’s been a long while since I did one of these, but I thought to get back into the habit of doing a few, and thought to start with Top Ten Tuesday—Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s challenge is, Long Titles.

Now, this is great if you are reading a lot of self published fantasy as, at the moment, there are a few books doing the rounds, online, that have really great titles. But crime fiction, or a thriller? Not so much. Most authors and, I think, publishers too, prefer something short and snappy or, at most, 3-4 words in length.

They go for strong, in-your-face The Whisperer, The Liar, The Silenced. Titles that leave no doubt to the fact we’re in crime fiction territory. But all that aside, here we go, I’m digging deep to try find some really lengthy titles to fulfil this one.

  • THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley
  • THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN’S BAG by Alan Bradley
  • THE GRAVE’S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by Alan Bradley
  • THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD by Alan Bradley
  • THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR by John Straley
  • THE SPY WHO CAME OUT OF THE COLD by John Le Carre
  • THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN by Vaseem Khan
  • A DARKNESS MORE THAN LIGHT by Michael Connelly
  • CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF THE EMPIRE by Dan Hanks
  • THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY by Luke Arnold

Okay, so I had to cheat. Cheat BIG time to find ten titles, by including the four books I’ve read by Alan Bradley who, as you can see, loves his long titles. With the last two being both fantasy books I read recently.

Fantasy being more inclined to go for long descriptive titles. Some of them incredibly funny too if you look at: The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids or The Thief Who Spat In Luck’s Good Eye, both by Michael McClung. I mean, come on, even if you don’t normally read fantasy, wouldn’t you want to read both of these just to find out more about those great titles?

And you, what really long titled books have you read recently, if any?