My Reading List for the  April 2015 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. 

Time has gone so quickly. I can’t quite believe that tomorrow is the start of another edition of the Dewey’s Readathon! I’ve participated so much now I’ve lost count of all the times I’ve taken part, but that doesn’t matter, because I love reading as I repeatedly say on this blog. I’ll never get tired of saying so either. With last night being World  Book Night, I made a start on I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk, and so that’ll be the first book I’ll continue with, unless I finish it before then. This is the fifth book in the I Heart series. 

I also want to listen to some audiobooks, so I’ve chosen some short ones. Homeland and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I’m going to read Shopaholic on Honeymoon by Sophie Kinsella (a short story) and  if I finish all those, I’ll raid my Kindle app on my iPad to see what else I fancy reading. 

I wish you all a very happy Readathon! 

World Book Night  2015 progress 

18:55 – I finished the last chapter of The Debutante Divorcee by Plum Sykes. 

19:15- I started I Heart London (I Heart #5) Kindle ebook edition by Lindsey Kelk.

22:55 – I finished chapter 5 of I Heart London (I Heart #5) Kindle ebook edition by Lindsey Kelk.

A good evening’s reading. Every day is a book day for me 🙂 I’m looking forward to next year. 


A big achievement in my blogging life


A couple of months ago, I started drafting my pre readathon post for this month’s event, which begins next Saturday (25 April). Andi, the organiser, promised me last year that I would be able to do a warm up post for them this yea because I missed my slot last year. It’s just been published on the website today. Here’s the direct link for the post (click on the post on the main page to get to it). There’s a comment form at the bottom, so feel free to leave a comment!

I am feeling proud of this, because, ever since I started blogging, it’s the only blog entry I’ve had published anywhere outside of my own blogs. I’ve been thinking recently that I want to get my blog some more traffic somehow, and I would also love to be able to review authors’ books and get a copy in exchange for an honest review. That said, I’m not really sure how I should even begin to go about that. It sounds like I have to start doing some research. If you read this, and have any ideas on how I could make this happen for myself, please leave a comment. I’d really appreciate some helpful input .

National Readathon Day Post

Saturday, 24 January 2015 11:42 AM: A Pre-Challenge Chat

I am so glad I signed up to this a couple of days ago. If I hadn’t of signed into good reads to log one of my books and search for others, I never would’ve seen the announcement on the website. I didn’t doubt myself when signing up because I love challenges, and four hours straight reading doesn’t sound like a huge great challenge to me, in fact it sounds really enjoyable because of my love of reading. So, let’s get started!
The first book I am reading is The Ghost at Dawn’s House, the sixth book in The Babysitter’s Club series by Anne M Martin. It is one of the classic edition e-books. Here’s a synopsis:

The members of the Babysitters Club split their time between babysitting and investigating the spooky noises behind Dawn’s bedroom wall.

Once I’ve finished with the challenge, I’ll be sharing my progress on this blog!
Good luck to everyone who is taking part in this challenge! Read and have fun:)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

12 noon

And I am ready to go! I have the heating on and have just finished my tea leftover from breakfast (I woke up really late) , so now have time just for reading. I bought this edition of my e-book a couple of days ago, and so am going to continue reading it.

1:15 PM

I have now read 52% of book, and it’s a good, but simple, read like the other Babysitters Club books, but the books are aimed at tween readers.
Dawn and her nine-year-old (soon to be ten-year-old) brother Jeff moved to Stonybrook, Connecticut from California. Don’t family’s house is old, and she decides to invite the babysitters club around to try and find a secret passage in the house after she reads a Nancy Drew mystery called the secret passage. Needless to say, the babysitters club try but don’t find the secret passage. Dawn might be in for a surprise though!
The whole book is from Dawn ‘s point of view mainly, but is told together with the other babysitters points of view. (if you haven’t read any Babysitters Club Books, the thing with every babysitters club book- is that each book focusses on a different member of the Club as the main character. )


I finished the book! I had a few phone calls during the Challenge so I didn’t read the second book I had originally planned to read. I’m sure I’ll get round to it soon, though!

More about The Babysitters Club Books



National Readathon Day Warm Up Post : 2015, 24 January 2015

I love Challenges! I read a lot and often make time to take part in different reading challenges. Today, whilst updating my reading progress on Goodreads, I came across an announcement about National Readathon Day 2015, which just so happens to be this Saturday, 24 January. The only rule is that you have to read for four hours. I usually read at least that time daily, so this challenge should be fun for me!
Here are the screenshots from the Goodreads pages .
The signup process is easy: just click on “Site Annoucement: #Maketimetoread on National Readathon Day! On your “Home” page on the Goodreads site.
Then, follow the steps or read more about it. You can choose a whatever book you want to read (by typing the book name in the box) or one from your shelved books




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Here's what I plan to read:
1) Never say Die by Melanie Davies.
I'm going to finish this if I don't before


I also want to read
The Ghost at Dawn’s House (BSC # )


and Swimming Pool Sunday by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham


What I’m Reading: Never Say Die by Melanie Davies

On a Saturday morning in May 1980, Melanie Bowen, a pretty fifteen year old, ran down the stairs of her parents’ home in Port Talbot, grabbed her leather jacket and crash helmet, yelled a goodbye, and then walked out of the front door into the sunshine for what was to be the last time in her life. Never Say Die is the true story of what followed…

Since the motorcycle crash that left her paralysed from the chest down, Melanie’s life has been one of extremes. On the down side, she has endured 5 horrific months of despair and indignity in rehabilitation, undergone a colostomy at 23, been in another serious car crash, suffered syringomyelia and the terrifying prospect of full quadriplegia, been diagnosed with breast cancer and broken several bones.

On the plus side, however, she’s won medals in athletics for Wales, been humbled and inspired by Falklands veterans at RAF Chessington, raised thousands for charity, become a major disability poster girl in America, dabbled with the film world and been screen tested for a movie, met the Queen, and set up her own rehabilitation charity, whose patrons include the acclaimed actor Michael Sheen, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson and former Welsh Rugby captain, Gwyn Jones.

She has also, against all the odds, found lasting happiness, having fallen in love with and married the surgeon who 25 years earlier told her she would never walk again.


“Nope” intensifies, diversifies grammatically

Sentence first

Remember the transformation of fail and win 5–6 years ago? Fleeting online slang phrases like bucket of fail and made of win may sound dated now, but terms like epic fail/win and FTW (“for the win”) and the words’ use as tags and hashtags remain popular. Fail and win have firmly, if informally, extended their grammatical domains, having been converted from verb to noun, interjection, and other categories.

A word undergoing comparable change is nope. Its metamorphosis over the last few years has in some ways been more impressive, but it seems less remarked on than fail and win – maybe because of its more limited distribution. For instance, this cartoon on Imgur (pronunciation note here), which shows Spider-Man shooting spiders from his hands, drew comments that use nope as a verb, adjective, and noun – mass and count – as well as duplicating, lengthening, and…

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