This wonderful meme is the brainchild of Sheila from Book Journey. Sadly due to work commitments I do not partake as much as I would like. However my toe is dipped in the water enough to be classified as lukewarm!

This week there has not been much reading going on over a Blog A Book however I am aiming to catch up with myself – after the steak dinner and glass of red my friend will imminently provide.

So the nitty-gritty . . .

Currently Reading

Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas, Books, Reading, Fiction, Canongate, Blog A Book Etc

This book is surprisingly difficult to get into and my feelings towards it at the moment are far from positive. However thinking back to The End of Mr Y – I will stick with it for another 50 pages and see how I go.

Finished Reading

For Once in My Life, Marianne Kavanagh, Books, Reading, Review, Fiction, Relationships, Blog A Book Etc

All I need to say here is Marianne Kavanagh is a great writer and just all out lovely person. Her book was enjoyable as you can read HERE and she is just so sweet which you can see HERE.

Next To Read

Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, Books, Reviews, Reading, Fiction, Chick Lit, Blog A Book Etc

As listed in my books to read in August this is the next book on my list that is one out of my pile of many that have been sitting there for some time. HOWEVER . . . There are a few books that I received the other day that I really do want to get stuck into. Take a look.

Books, Blogger, Book Blogger, Reading, Paulo Coelho, Adultery, Hutchinson Books, Penguin Random House, Penguin Books, Penguin, The Mill River Redemption, Darcie Chan, Little Brown Books UK, Sphere Books, Sphere Publishing, Sphere, Little Brown, What I Had Before I Had You, Sarah Cornwell, Harper Perennial, Harper

Nice little pile there right! Am I not a lucky girl! Well I think so anyway! Relevant thank you’s have been sent out over t’internet via the wonderful Instagram – click on the link you know you want to see what I get up to!

How is your Monday going so far?


REVIEW: The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist


Back of the Book

This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure as fabulous as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers, and from there into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.

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Before I start with my thoughts I just wanted to share with you how privileged I feel to have a book that clearly meant so much to someone else. If and when you read this book I hope you like it as much as I did. 

My Thoughts

This book has been on my list of MUST READ’s for quite some time. Having the opportunity to read it through the read-a-thon was the perfect time to get it off the shelf and plough away. Well ploughing and this book are definitely two words that do not fit together. Maybe it was just me but it was quite a slow read and there were points where I thought it was a little self-righteous. But overall this is how I felt . . .

My absolute favourite part of this book would have to be about ¾ of the way through where everything I had read so far began to fall into place. The anticipation of ‘the boy’ meeting the alchemist was built up beautifully and the actual meeting was in my mind spectacular. In reality it was the moment that all the little things in the world stood still and made me pay attention.

This book is not only a story but a nudge in the direction of reflection over your personal life and I reckon most of the people who have read this actually had similar thoughts to myself. These thoughts being ‘Hold up, wait a minute – let me step back, re-evaluate and really LIVE‘.

There are so many things in life that we take for granted and living each day in exactly the same way due to comfort is one thing that I am guilty of. Now I am not saying that there is anything wrong with routine and habit as I am a definite creature of habit BUT this book really did make me think.

Where I mentioned earlier that I felt that parts of the book were a little self-righteous – without giving anything away there were parts of the book that just did not sit too well with me. There is quite a heavy weighting with regards to religion but that is not what bothered me. I know this is the place to bear all and explain but at this moment in time I just cannot explain it.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone out there who is looking for a little positivity and in search of maybe a renewed look on life.

With all of the positives from this book I still do not feel completely blown away hence my rating.

‘Instead, it brought the scent of a perfume he knew well, and the touch of a kiss – a kiss that came from far away, slowly, slowly, until it rested on his lips. The boy smiled. It was the first time she had done that. “I’m coming Fatima,” he said.’

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1st Hour is Here!

It is upon us ladies and gents. The Read-a-thon is finally here. My intentions were led astray by a drunken night out with work colleagues and I have to say even though I arrived incredibly late I do work with an incredibly social group of lovelies. Nursing my hangover and a large cup of coffee this morning I had all sorts of plans for my first post of the read-a-thon. Alas, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that jazz!

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Yes that is me with bad hair, coffee and my phone looking slightly perturbed by the ambitious size of my reading pile!

Now to take part fully here are my answers to the opening meme!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

London, UK – Anyone else?!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I have been waiting to read The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters for some time so if I leave that one to the end I can enjoy it the most! I found this book when I was looking for something similar to Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and The End of Mr Y – two of my favourite books!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I am hopefully going to be making muffins later whilst listening to an audio book so I will see how that goes as they sound yummy but we shall see!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am quite hungover today but the best cure for me has always been a good book and large quantities of coffee – what a better day! On a more personal note my mum told me as I started my first book that I have had my nose in books since before I was 2 (not that I could read a thing then!) and she is not surprised in the slightest at my ambitious reading pile!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I was unable to participate last year due to work commitments however the time before that I was a bit stressed out and overwhelmed due to lack of planning. I have planned a couple of things today and even though they have to be either written or made I have a plan and that is the main thing! If things go off plan then oh well!

On that note!

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What are you reading first?

Ready for a Read-A-Thon

readathon book pile

Are you ready for the read-a-thon? I know that I have been away for just under a week but that is what happens when work and general life just get in the way. Sadly my activities have not been blog or photo worthy therefore it has pretty much been radio silence over here at Blog A Book central. However as my mother always taught me as I am sure many of yours also did – if you have nothing worthy of interest to say just SHUT UP!

So on that point, I am just checking in and seeing how everyone and everything is going – whether you comment or not well that is something for you to decide but I will be checking out some new blogs and commenting even more than I did over this last week. Yes when I do not write I read and network with all of you lovelies!

This weekend I will be co-hosting over at 24 Hour Read-a-thon which will be the second time I have done this – it may sound geeky as it is a day full of reading but I absolutely love it and my blog is called Blog A Book Etc after all so there really should be some booky stuff right?!

As you can see above in the image – that almighty pile of books is what I intend on reading over the 24 hour period. How much of the pile I get through is another story but ambition is key! You can check out my progress throughout the blog as although as mentioned above I will be co-hosting for a couple of hours I will also be tweeting, instagramming (is that even a word!) and writing the occasional post on my personal progress. Oh it is just all go!

Right once again but finally I am going! Work is calling!

Check out the read-a-thon bits and bobs