Reading Challenge

My #Borrowathon TBR

#Borrowathon, Round 4 is starting tonight at midnight and I am planning to take part. I say planning because I actually have a lot of books to read for review at the moment as well as having some out of the library!

#Borrowathon is a week long read-a-thon that encourages participants to borrow books in any means necessary, but with a heavy emphasis on using your local library. Created by Riley (@rmfickfack and fiveleveninety), this round takes place from midnight wherever you are on 20 May to 11.59pm on 27 May 2018. There are 6 challenges that you can complete too, as well as plans for a live discussion and catchup and sprints along the way.

I took part in a previous version of this (I can’t remember which round) but it was good fun and so when I heard it was back, I started planning right away!

So my potential reading list is below – I doubt I will have enough time to read all of these but will give it a good go!  I can hit all of the challenges except 3 .. unless I can find someone that tells me that one of the books listed is their favourite!

 

Will you be taking part in #Borrowathon? Do you make use of your local library?

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2018, Friends, Sidmouth Library

Library Friends

Recently, I was asked by my local Library to consider taking on the position of Chairman of their ‘Friends of the Library’ group. I have to admit that initially I was reluctant – I do a lot of charity work and even work with a lot of local groups as part of my business, so taking on another role in the local community felt like it might be too much .. but then I remembered … BOOKS!

It’s all happened quite quickly and I shall be voted in on the 10th May but yesterday I went along to a regional meeting of local friends’ groups and had a great time! I got to have a good chat with our wonderful Librarian, Carol, and get to know her more – we discovered that we are pretty similar in personality which I suppose shouldn’t be such a surprise as we are both avid readers and book lovers!

I also got the chance to meet the people that run our local libraries in Devon, Libraries Unlimited.

Libraries Unlimited is a new and independent staff and community owned charity, established in April 2016. We are a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Our formally registered name is Libraries Unlimited South West.

Our mission is to bring ideas, imagination, knowledge and creativity to people’s lives and communities through our six core purposes:

  • Promoting and encouraging a love of reading
  • Providing free access to information to help people in their everyday lives
  • Inspiring people of all ages to learn, imagine, create, succeed and realise their potential
  • Guiding and supporting people to explore and connect to the wider world
  • Offering a welcoming space to meet, socialise, learn, read and enjoy new experiences
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals and local communities.

It was lovely hearing form the Chairman (Julie Dent), the CEO (Ciara Eastell), the Fundraising Director and Marketing Department – it made me realise that they’re not just saying thank you and running off, they spent the entire morning with us, thanking us for our help and support and making us feel really part of the team – hats off to them for that for sure!

It was really lovely meeting and chatting with the other friends groups too – as a total newbies I listened intently and wrote many notes of ideas and questions and feel that I have a lot of thoughts and ideas to take to the committee as soon as I am voted in – I hope they realise what they have let themselves in for!

In the last 10 mins or so I ended up chatting with the Ciara and Julie and the fact that I write this blog slipped out .. they both asked me for the address and I reluctantly gave it to them so if they are reading this ..

HELLO!

Do you have a Library friends group where you live and if so, are you involved?  What events do you run?  Do you have any suggestions I can steal?

2017, Book, Hardback, Review

Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

 

Rating: 4

Date Started: 15th November 2017

Date Finished: 16th November 2017

Amazon Link (I am NOT an affilliate)

Where I got it from: Library

Cost: £0.00

Blurb: When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can’t believe her great fortune to work for them – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

My Review: WOW. I’m not totally sure where to start with this one which I guess is why it has taken me a while to write this review!  I read the book for my Book Club.- it was our first book and recommended by one of our members who warned us it would make us think.  She wasn’t wrong!

It scared me, made me cringe and outraged me .. but all in a ‘good’ way, as in not because the book itself was badly written, quite the opposite in fact. Dave has a way of making you feel like you are sitting on Mae’s shoulder and going through everything with her.  She is a mostly likeable character, until things get really hairy towards the end maybe, but in all honestly, I think it affected me so much as I know that I would have been like her and done what she did throughout most of the book.

I spent a lot of time reading with my jaw on the floor, saying “bloody hell” in my head and reading excerpts out to my family, but the reality is that we are not all that far from what goes on in this book at all.  There are times when this level of scrutiny might be useful but in general it fills me with dread.  I have a horrid general FOMO anyway so I hope I am gone before this level of interactivity comes along!

I decided to watch the Netflix Film adaptation afterwards and was quite shocked at the changes they made – I totally understand that you can’t ever get everything in and that some artistic license has to be taken, but there were a couple of key story points that were reversed, specifically the ending,  It will be interesting to see if the roamed sequel comes along as I am not sure how they would make a film of it work!

Overall I did like the book and as I read it really quickly (it’s that kind of ‘can’t stop reading’ book) I would quite like to go back and re-read it (or perhaps listen to the audiobook) again and see if my opinions change or I notice new things, especially after the discussions at book club.

TBR

November TBR

I’m not sure if I am a planner or a mood reader but as I am enjoying joining in a few challenges, I think there will beba certain amount of both!  This month my TBR pile is pretty big and I am not expecting to read them all, but I like a challenge!

There may be some more – I am planning on joining in with #TomeTopple and #TBRTakedown too but haven’t made a decision about what I will pick up yet .. I will update as and when decisions are made!

Have you read any of the books I am planning on getting to this month?

What’s on your TBR? Are you taking part in the challenges above?

Monthly Roundup

October Wrap Up

I started this post a million and one times… OK maybe not *quite* that many but I feel like it was!  I had so many questions going round in my head ..

Do my readers REALLY want to know about ALL the free books I got a hold of regardless of whether I actually read them this month?

Do I really want to show that I spent over £100 on books bearing in mind my blog is meant to be about reading on a budget? (in my defence I got a PPI repayment so I figure that spending a mere 5% of it on books is fair enough?)

Can I really be bothered to write out ALL of the books I got and link them to Goodreads?

And so on .. you get the picture!

I thought I would just give you the crib notes ..

Total Spent: £116.30

Number of Incoming Books: 128

Average cost per book: 90p

Number of Books I Read: 

  • 5* – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – My Review
  • 5* – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling
  • 4.5% – Conclave by Roger Harris
  • 4* – Murder Games by James Patterson
  • 4* – Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • 3.5* – Tripwire by Lee Child
  • 3.5% – Strange Magic by Sid Moore
  • 3.5% – Warcross by Marie Lu – My Review
  • 2* – Saltwater Witch by Chris Howard (Graphic Novel)
  • DNF – Killer Game by Kirsty McKay – My Review

As you will know, this is my first month of ‘getting back to reading’ and tracking what I am doing and it has made me thug really hard about my habits…

  1. I need to STOP grabbing books just because they’re free!  I need to actually read the blurb (!!) but another step would be to check it out on GR too; I should say that I don’t discount books just because they have a slating from other people but reading other people’s reviews often cements my decisions!
  2. I need to start reading the books I get!  This is a no-brainer really and has had me thinking about how to do this; one Idea I have is to do the ‘Try a Chapter’ thing – I can say to myself that I will do that with 2 books a day (or possibly more) to try and weed out the books I know I don’t want to continue with and those that are OK can remain on my TBR. I may make this into a monthly post or may just include it in my monthly stats post – watch this space.
  3. I need to start making sure that I am not buying the ‘nth‘ book in a series if I have not read, or at least got, the previous books. This is especially true of books I am buying physically as the space I have to keep these ‘coming up soon’ books is extremely limited!
  4. (This is immaterial really as now that the chunk of money I had is gone, I will not really have any more money for books until Christmas Day, but ..) I NEED TO STOP BUYING BOOKS AND READ THE ONES I HAVE.

So there we have it My first monthly roundup – there will be more to come and Aim sure that the format will change!

How did you do this month?