My favourite Goodreads Listopia lists, so far…

I love trawling through the Listopia lists on Goodreads. They throw up all kinds of books I didn’t even know I wanted to read! Below are my favourite lists so far:

Plus-sized Heroines
Everyone knows that you don’t have to be stick-thin to be happy in life, so why shouldn’t it be the same in books? Of the top 100 books, I’ve only read two: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding and The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

Books Set in Brighton
I used to live in Brighton, so any chance to reminisce is always welcome with me. There are 35 books on the list, and I haven’t read any of them, so I can’t wait to get started. I have seen the Brighton Rock film (the 1947 starring Richard Attenborough, which I really liked) so I should imagine that I’d like the book by Graham Greene.

Non-Fiction Animal Heroes
Animals are cute, but occasionally they can be helpful and this list celebrates that. Of the 64 books on the list, I haven’t read any but I currently reading A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen which is on the list. I have had the below three books from this list on my to-read list for a while now:
1. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
2. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan (though I have seen the film!)
3. Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien
I love owls, so I especially can’t wait to read about Wesley 🙂

Chick Lit for the Beach
I have loved chick lit books since I was a teenager and it’s still the same at 35! I have read 5 of the top 100 books:
1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
3. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
5. The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding
I loved the films of numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 also!

Favorite books from my childhood
Ah, such a nostalgic list! I have read 6 of the top 100 books:
1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
4. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
5. The Witches by Roald Dahl
6. Blubber by Judy Blume
I really can’t believe that I haven’t read more!

Do you have any favourite Listopia lists?

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My favourite motivational quotes

Sometimes it can be so easy to let the negative things in life simply swallow you up and let yourself become a shell of a person, or let them totally take over your life to the point that you don’t know who you are anymore. I’ve found that motivational quotes that other people have featured on their blog posts have really helped me to gain some clarity on where I should be going, or simply made me think about things in a totally different way.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.
Mark Twain

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!”
Audrey Hepburn

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Dalai Lama

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Steve Jobs

I hope that these motivational quotes can help someone else, like they’ve helped me 🙂

The Six Book Challenge

I have recently found out about the Six Book Challenge, which is run by The Reading Agency and takes place every year in libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons.

Their “How to join in” webpage says,

“The Reading Agency’s Six Book Challenge invites you to pick six reads and record them in a diary to get a certificate. Sign up now and create a profile.

You may be taking part already through your library, college or workplace – in which case you will already have a reading diary. If not, please contact us and say where you’re based so that we can try to link you up with someone running the Six Book Challenge near you and you can get a reading diary through them. Once you’ve completed the challenge you can enter a national prize draw. Last year, prizes included Kobo eReaders and a trip to London.

You can read anything you like: newspapers, poems, plays, websites, books and more.

Once you’ve created a profile you’ll be able to do lots of things including sharing reviews and finding new things to read. Follow the links below to see more.”

This is a really clever idea as I know lots of people who love reading but “never have the time”. If they were part of a group taking part in this, then I bet they’d find the time somehow! 🙂

Are you already part of a group? Are you going to take part in the Six Book Challenge?

Paula Danziger

One of the authors who first got me interested in reading, besides Enid Blyton, was Paula Danziger. I found out about her books by going to the library, and the first book of hers that I read was Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice? Paula wrote more than 30 books, and her first release was The Cat Ate My Gymsuit in 1974.

Today (18th August) marks 70 years since Paula was born, but sadly she passed away in 2004, aged just 59.

News round-up: Sunday 17th August 2014

Below, are the interesting articles I have read that were published between Sunday 9th August and Saturday 16th August.

Walking and book festival celebrates its 10th anniversary
The Northern Echo, Monday 11th August 2014

Bristol Cathedral Primary school to go inside central library
BBC News, Tuesday 12th August 2014

A New Twist On Book Clubs
Forbes, Wednesday 13th August 2014

Llanelli gardener turned author launches scratch and sniff book
Llanelli Star, Wednesday 13th August 2014

Throw the book at them! Cambridge’s Parkside police station appeals for reading material for prisoners
Cambridge News, Thursday 14th August 2014

Book-loving gran persuades council to bring mobile library back after 10 years
The Westmorland Gazette, Thursday 14th August 2014

Liverpool Council to publicly consult on cabinet-approved library closure plans
Liverpool Echo, Friday 15th August 2014

Leeds comic book queen is picture perfect
Yorkshire Evening Post, Friday 15th August 2014

The woman with 10,000 books in her garden shed
Nottingham Post, Friday 15th August 2014

Little Free Library scheme arrives in Wanstead with Fiona Tatham of Overton Drive the first to sign up
Guardian Series, Friday 15th August 2014

Southbank Centre Book Market, London

I was looking for something on Google recently when I spotted a webpage about Southbank Centre Book Market.

Their webpage says,

“Southbank Centre’s Book Market is one of London’s best kept secrets. Tucked under the Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk, it’s one of the only outdoor second-hand and antique book markets in southern England. It’s open daily, rain or shine, with a wide selection of paperbacks and hardcover to choose from.”

I’d love to visit here in the future 🙂

There’s nothing daunting about Daunts


DauntsLove travelling – check, love reading – check, then you’ll love Daunts bookshop. What could be better than a bookshop designed especially for travellers who love reading?

Nestled along one of my favourite streets in London, is one of my favourite bookshops in London. Daunts has been a feature of Marylebone high street since 1989, and if one of the few truly unique independent books shops left in London.
It specialises in travel literature & guides, but also boasts an impressive selection of fiction in the upstairs gallery. It’s one of those rare bookstores that is so beautifully laid out that you want to buy every book your eye lands on.
Their travel books go well beyond guides, although there are an extensive number of these for sure-probably the best selection in the city.

Daunts v3

But what really sets this place apart for the travel guru is that everything is based…

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