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Hi guys! I’m on my way back to the UK as we speak, so I can’t do a Showcase Sunday post until next week. However, if you did a book haul post today, make sure to link it up below and check out what everyone else got. Have a lovely Sunday and happy reading! :)

Booking Through Thursday #1

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?
2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?
3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

To be honest, I don’t remember being read to when I was a child. I know I loved books even in an early age but I preferred reading myself to being read to. Audio books are not my cup of tea either. The thing is, there’s always something that distracts my attention from the text and I just can’t concentrate. It might be a good thing if you’re always in a hurry but you need to finish reading a text by a given deadline. Then you can listen to audio books while you’re travelling to work, while you’re cooking, etc. Although if you ask me, I would still prefer to pick up a paperback and read it instead of listening to a pre-recorded voice read it aloud, no matter how much of a hurry I’m in. It’s just not my thing…

There are times when I need to read aloud (at university, for example) but I genuinely hate it. I don’t like to hear someone speak while I’m reading, including myself. Mainly because – similarly to audio books – it’s distracting. I can’t concentrate on both reading out loud and paying attention to the story at the same time. I like to be in a quiet environment when I read – where no one’s talking to me.

How about you? :)
Feel free to leave a comment with your BTT below.

Wishlist Wednesday #1

Wishlist Wednesday is weekly event hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper. The aim of this event is to post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our bookshelves.

So here’s mine:

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes not only the daily frustrations of living in such close quarters, but also her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly and tragically when, in August 1944, Anne and her family were all finally betrayed. “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank remains the single most poignant story to emerge from the Second World War, and her diary has come to symbolize not only the horrors of the Holocaust but the strength of the human spirit in adversity.

This book was added to my wishlist quite a long time ago but I’ve never had the chance to buy and read it. Up until now. I’m determined to lay my hands on the first available copy as soon as I can. I’ve always been interested in the WW2 era and judging by other people’s reactions, it must be a page-turner. A shocking read, but a definite must.

What’s on your wishlist? Feel free to leave a comment below. :)

Teaser Tuesday #1

What is Teaser Tuesday, you ask?

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Here are the rules: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. (You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your teaser from, that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!) Remember not to post anything that could spoil the plot of the post.

My current read:

The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes.

The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian KeyesRandom page: 154

Two sentences: “Everyone assumed that Angeline had been an amoral floozy with no idea who’d fathered her child, but Fionn produced details and one phone call from the Pokey gardai was enough to conjure up Pearse Purdue. A beautiful man, in Jemima’s opinion.”

Feel free to leave a comment with the link to your own teaser! :) xxx

Musing Mondays (26 Sept)

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This week’s question:

What does it take for you to give up on a book you’re reading?

I usually don’t give up on books. I’ve always been quite open minded and patient enough to get through everything I started, although there are exceptions. The last book I simply had to give up was William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.

The main reason why I just couldn’t stand it was that it was compulsory. I had to read it for one of my classes at university, you see.  The thing is, I would have never chosen this book if I had a choice. When I have to read something I’m not interested in, I find it very difficult to get into it – however, it doesn’t happen when I’m reading my own books because I’m pretty good at choosing something I like.

If the book and/or the characters aren’t keeping me interested, I find it quite difficult to go on. I don’t necessarily have to like them or be able to relate to any of them, but I do think that it’s crucial to be interested in them and their development. You simply can’t read (and finish) a book without being interested in what’s going to happen next. If this vibe/interest is missing, I simply can’t go on.

Also, many times it has something to do with pacing and the way the story is told. I don’t like books with long (and by long I mean REALLY LONG) descriptive paragraphs -or even worse, whole chapters- about a place, a feeling, a colour, you name it. I like my books to include a great deal of dialogues and I like them to move along at a good pace, otherwise I get bored after a while. 

How about you? :)

Feel free to leave a comment with the link to your own post or your thoughts. Thanks! xxx

October ’11 Read-A-Thon and Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2011

Whoop whoop! I just signed up for Dewey’s October Read-A-Thon!

What is the 24 Hour Read-a-thon?
It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and win prizes.

What is the date of the next Read-a-thon?
October 22, 2011, starting at Noon GMT.
If you’d like to participate in this challenge, click here. You’ll be redirected to Dewey’s blog where you will find the latest info on how to sign up and what to expect during the event.

There’s another fabulous event I came across today, and it’s the Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge, hosted by Book Chick City.

What is the Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge?It’s a reading challenge during which you aim to read at least 12 mystery and suspense novels. It’s the absolute minimum but of course you can read as many as you like!

What is the date of this challenge?
The challenge has been running since the 1st of January 2011 and it ends on the 31st of December 2011.

If you’d like to participate, make sure to click here or on the event’s button on my sidebar.

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It’s our opportunity to get a peek into what books everyone is receiving for review, borrowing from libraries, buying in bookshops and download onto eReaders.

I received two books this week – both of them are for reviews and I can’t wait to get started. Here are all the details you need to know about them.

The Case of the Missing Deed by Ellen Schwartz

Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: September 2011
Number of Pages: 200 pages
ISBN: 978-0-88776-959-7
Category: Action & Adventure

The blurb:

Five cousins are looking forward to their annual vacation at their grandmother’s cottage. None of them knows that this may be their last such summer. A mining company has set its sights on the land and is determined to seize it. Grandma must produce the deed to prove that the property is really hers, but her memory is not what it used to be, and she can’t find it. The children suspect there may be clues to the deed’s whereabouts somewhere in the family’s cherished trove of recipes. But can they solve the mystery in time?

And the second one was sent by fiction author Barbara Forte.

The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: April 21, 2010
Number of Pages: 304 pages
ISBN: 978-1608444182
Category: Fiction

The blurb: 

Propelled by an insurmountable sense of desperation, Stevie Burke is recklessly abandoning home, husband, and outwardly contented life under cover of night; at last resigned to defeat in her long battle against the tortured memories of her past.

Days later, lost and floundering in a dreary motel room without plan or destination, it is a long ago song playing on the radio that gently tugs Stevie back through the dust of remembrance. 1957 – The last summer spent at the ancient house overlooking the North Atlantic. A season which had unfolded with abundant promise, but then spiraled horribly out of control – torn apart by a shattering tragedy that remains splintered upon her soul. And it is only now, when Stevie at last lifts her eyes to stare deep into the heart of her long sequestered memories, that the long held secrets of past and future are at last unveiled.

They both sound great – I can’t wait to take a look at them!

That’s what I got in my mail this week. What did you get? :) x