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TTT: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, bloggers and bookworms to join in.

Its a bit of a brief one this week. The kids are off for the summer and things are a little hectic here at BBLB HQ. I’m just going to leave this here and run. Do comment and to let me know what you think of my list and to share your own. I’ll try to pop back later in the week to check the out.

1. Cather, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This Girl lives for her favourite characters. While i’ve never written fan fiction I can totally understand the feeling of wanting to be emerged in a favourite world for just a little bit longer.

2. Henry, The Incredibale Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Henry LOVES books and just can’t help devouring them a dozen at a time. The only problem is, Henry doesn’t read them, he eats them! A bedtime favourite at BBLB HQ.

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Is there anything sexier than a love interest who shares the protagonists interests?
In compiling this list I have realised that not only are some of my most favourite characters bookworms but some of my all time favourite ships share a mutual love of the written word. 3. Tessa and Will, The Infernal devices Series by Cassandra Claire. One of my all time favourite ships sharing their passion for books and also the source of my favourite book quote.
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

4. Dorian, Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Mass
Not only is the man a crowned prince, gorgeous, kind despite his upbringing, able to take care of himself and a menstration empathiser he also shares Celaena’s love of books. #teamDorianforever

5. Hazel Grace an Augustus Walter, The Fault in our stars by John Green
They meet, share their favourite books, become obsessed with the ending of a particular book, stalk the writer and in the process fall in love.

6. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I’d be surpassed if anyones list didn’t feature this talented bookworm. While the Harry Potter books and Hermione herself, taught kids that it was ok to enjoy reading and turned a generation on to reading it was the characters below who did the same for me.

7. Jo March, little Women by Louisa May Alcott

8 Matilda Wormwood, Matilda by Roald Dahl

9 Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10. Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
I know, I know this is a total cheat but I STILL fantasise about THAT LIBRARY

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Happy 4th Birthday Big Book Little Book

Big Book Little Book is FOUR !!In actual fact we turned four yesterday but It sort of crepe up on us a. I can’t quiet believe it that it has been over four years since Big Book Little Book was conceived and our first review went live. Seriously, where has that time gone?!

I don’t think that I can truly express how much being a part of this blog means to me. There have been times over the last four years when I have wondered if it is really worth the time investment, but no matter how busy I am, how hetic life gets, I can’t quiet say goodbye to this project.

When I first helped to co-create this blog it was all about the books. As the years have passed it has become more and more about people.

When you think of a book worm you probably conjure up images of a lone person( yourself?), snuggled away in a quiet corner somewhere absorbed in another world. It isn’t necessarily a hobby that your would consider as being particularly sociable. While I still cherish the solitary activity of reading (even more so in a busy and growing household) the thing that I adore about being a member of the BBLB team is how it is the opposite of solitary.

It is so satisfying to work with such a dynamic team. Although the team is quite fluid with regards to the actual team members and how much time and input each of us are able to provide, we are all united in our passion for the written word. My regular book chats and emails with my fellow BBLB’s really enrich my week

Outside of the team, being a member of BBLB has opened up my world beyond my geographical social circle. It has allowed me to share my passion even further, from passing interactions with fellow bibliophiles via the comments box and social media, through to more meaningful friendships “in real life”. I’ve met and regularly interact with some amazingly creative, passionate and diverse people from all walks of life and from around the globe.

Wether this is your first visit, you are a regular commentator or you are one of my best bookish friends, thank you for being a part of this experience.

Now I’m going to hand over to some of the others as they share the things they love about Big Book Little Book and why they enjoy being a part of the team. I promise I haven’t paid them 😉 *blushes*

Caroline x

Daisy
I love blogging because it’s great to get lots of people to read books that I know are good and I don’t want others to miss out! Books are an integral part of my life and I love to read so I need to spread the love! Happy birthday Big Book Little Book! Here’s to another bookish year!

Faye
My favourite thing about BBLB is that it covers more than one section or genre, there’s something for everyone at any age. I also love the team and how it ranges in ages too. It’s got a great static page that promotes the site well. But mostly I love BBLB because Caroline isGreat to work alongside, she’s incentive, creative and passionate. All brilliant things in a team leader.

Helen
Well another Blogaversary has rolled around and it continues to be great to be a part of Big Book Little Book this year. Although I have found getting around to writing has got harder, (why does that happen when you have more time on your hands?!) I have continued to love the mixture of books I have had the chance to read. I still get that thrill out of seeing a book before it is on the shelves in the shops, or electronically whizzing out to us these days. As my children are getting older and we move on from picture books I have loved seeing them delve into books that I adored as child, it reminds you how much good stuff is out there to be looked forward to.

On top of that I was especially excited to see our name get mentioned in The Guardian as one of the top ten book blogs (check out the full list here)

I still remember the original four of us sitting around my kitchen table discussing what we could do and the possibilities, I don’t think any of us imagined it could get that far. So this year I am proud of our achievements and all who have contributed from the original team through the changes to those now faithfully doing a lot more than I am ☺

Prudence
So it’s BigBookLittleBook’s 4th anniversary and as a member of this lovely team I’ve been asked to write a few lines to explain what I enjoy about book blogging and why. Firstly and foremostly a big WHOOOOOPWHOOOOP!!! I haven’t been with them long but it’s privilege and such an achievement!!! Book blogging and reading are a means of an escape to an alternate reality full of wonderful characters I can pick and choose who to be and whose adventures to follow. But not only that I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet the minds behind them both old dab hands and new ones grasping their pens for the first time. And it’s all so exciting! But it doesn’t stop there. As if that weren’t enough the blogging community made up of publishers, bloggers, fans and so many more is simply lovely and I’ve made so many new friends (real and fictional :p) who have stuck by me through the good book times and the not so good ones. Brought into this community and supported by our fearless reader errrmmm sorry I mean leader :p Caz, the reasons for which I enjoy book blogging are countless. And now if you don’t mind I have another book or two hundred to read 😉

To celebrate we are giving one international reader the chance to win one book of their choice ( up to the value of £10).
To enter, simply tell us your favourite thing about Big Book Little Book.
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TTT: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, vloggers and bookworms to join in.

As you can probably surmise form the reduced number of post from me over the last few months ( well year really), things are pretty busy here at Big Book Little Book HQ. Who knew that a newborn and her big siblings, a large labrador and house renovations took up so much time 😉 As a result of not being able to commit as much time to the blog, or indeed to reading in general, I have made a concerted effort to not acquire many new books. I hate to call it a ban, for me that is as effective as saying no to chocolate because you are on a diet, it just makes me want it MORE. No matter how hard I try, every now and then i’ll come across a book that I simply can’t say no to, that I simply HAVE to say YES PLEASE, SIGN ME UP, TAKE MY MONEY and occasionally there are those gorgeous little little unsolicited, bubble wrapped, surprises that land on your doormat.

In no particular order (because I am so disorganised and have no idea as and when these beauties came in to my possession )

1. Colour Me Mindful: Underwater by Anastasia Catris
When the lovelies at Orion offered me the opportunity to take a look at the latest thing in relaxation and mindfulness I couldn’t resist finding out what all of the fuss was about. I think that it is safe to say that I am totally hooked. I started out using my children’s colouring pencils but quickly found myself frustrated at the limited colour selection. Now my obsession is such that I have had to order my very own set of fine line colouring pens. The only thing not relaxing about this book and its Birds and Tropical counterparts, is keeping them away from my seven year old.

2. The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Cat Clarke is one of those authors who’s work caught me attention early on, when I devoured entangled, and who’s subsequent works I have collected but not gotten around to reading. When the Bookish Brits ( view our channel here) were offered the opportunity to read Cat’s latest book for June’s book club I jumped at the chance to take part.

3. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
I know, I know, I know and this being a blog which prides itself on reading books from all age categories! I’m almost embarrassed to have not yet read this hugely hyped middle grade book. Because I have only heard good things, from peoples who’s book recommendations I trust implicitly, I couldn’t resist snapping this up at a recent ebook sale.

4. Fail Human Heart by Zoe Marriott
The final book in the Name of the Blade trilogy. I love this series so much and I can’t wait to get suck back in to this urban fantasy.

5. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
It’s Ness, enough said.

6.Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
I absolutely loved Seraphina, so much so that I listed its sequel as one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. Oppps I think some one was a little over excited! Shadow Scale was actually released in March of this year and not only did I preorder the hardback I also preordered the audiobook too.

7. The Almost King by Lucy Saxon
One of those bubble wrapped surprises. Lucy is a UKYA author about which I have heard only good things. I am ashamed to have not discovered her work for myself yet.

8. One by Sarah Crossan
A YA book written in verse! I can’t wait to give it a try.

9. The Curious Tale Of The Lady Of Caraboo by Catherine Johnson
Pruedence raved about Catherine’s previous book Sawbones (click here to read her review)when she read it last year. Once again Catherine delves in to history, this time to share her version of the events surrounding real life Mary Wilcox. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

10.The Amazing Human Body Detectives by Maggie Li
Non fiction books are like busses. You don’t see any on Big Book Little book for ages and then two crop up in one post! When the lovely people at Pavilion offered me the opportunity to take a look at this gorgeous fact book I just couldn’t resist. I find human biology absolutely fascinating and I am attracted to anything that allows me to share this fascination with my own children. It’s been a hit so far with the seven and five year old fighting over who got to use the magnifying glass!

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What was the last book you bought, borrowed or requested?

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Neverland

Anna Katmore
neverland“Any last words?”
“Go to hell, you freaking…filthy…godforsaken…”
Our noses almost touch as he dips his head and brushes a strand of my hair behind my ear. “Angel, the word you’re looking for is pirate.”
Why is there a boy who doesn’t want to grow up?
How can an apple start the sweetest romance in fairytale history?
And what does a ruthless pirate have to do with it all?
Although Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales, she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. But that’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall.
Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless façade. The feelings she’s growing for him are as intense as shocking, and soon she can’t stop thinking about how soft his lips felt on hers when he kissed her under the stars. But Angel and a pirate? That’ll never work. Or can it?
As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying.
Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?
Grab a happy thought and follow Angel on an adventure that will keep you breathless and smiling long after you read the last page…

We were all once children, and as such I do believe there isn’t a single child who doesn’t know the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, as told by J.M. Barrie. And then we grew up. We learnt all about those annoying things called responsibilities, about being mature and sensible, and above all that fairy tales are just for children.

Anna Katmore however had a different opinion. What if Peter Pan wasn’t quite the hero and all round good guy he appears? What if the gift of never growing up was actually a curse in disguise, holding back more than just a gang of orphans? And what if Captain James Hook wasn’t quite the black-hearted pirate our younger selves thought he was?
Having thrown several spanners into my childhood fairy tale I was quick to get my mitts on the book and dive into Mermaid Lagoon and unravel the mystery.

Angelina was a strong and interesting female character, but for once she wasn’t the one stealing all the limelight and I found myself very intrigued by both Peter Pan and Captain Hook too.

The narration was alternated between Angelina and James (Captain Hook) giving the reader even more food for thought as both sides of the tale are depicted. But do not be fooled, if you read Neverland in search for Barrie’s version from a different angle that is not what you will get. Anna Katmore took Peter Pan and his comrades gave the whole story more depth and background than you could imagine. Gone are the gentle themes for children of good and bad within harmless games. Neverland was enriched with the strong emotions of betrayal, hate, love, anger and loss. Feelings that would not mean much to a child too young to comprehend, but that in an adult cause a lot of damage. These emotions transcend time and space wreaking all sorts of havoc across decades.

But that is not all, because just as you think things may be finally over Anna Katmore turns things around one more time. Surely you didn’t think Captain Hook and Peter Pan were left on Neverland and suddenly learned to play nice? Did you?

Verdict: I very much enjoyed the easy read and yet thought provoking tale of Neverland and anxiously await for some fairy dust so that I may follow the second star on the right and fly straight on ‘till morning to land in the sequel Pan’s Revenge.

Reviewed by Prudence

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: April 2014
Format: eBook
Pages: 301
Genre: retelling, romance br />
Age: YA
Reviewer: Prudence
Source: Own copy
Challenge: None
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TTT: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, bloggers and bookworms to join in.

So many books so little time…

Probably a bibliophiles number one frustration. I know that there are so many books that I am really desperate to read and there just aren’t enough reading hours in my day/week/month. Realistically I know that even in some wonderful alternate utopian universe where I could sit around all day reading and eating chocolate without any detriment to my health, family life or mortgage, there still wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to read everything that’s been recommended to me or otherwise caught my attention. On the most part I’ve made my peace with it.

There are the hyped books that I know that I’ll probably never get around to reading, mainly because that are not to my personal taste, from a genre I rarely read or, despite all of the hype, they just don’t speak to me.

I haven’t read any post Potter Rowling, I’m sorry, i’m just not gripped by the subject matter, its not a genre I particularly enjoy and I just don’t see myself ever reading any of Jk’s alter ego, Robert Galbraith. The same goes for other hyped and phenomenally successful writers like Stephen King and Nicolas Sparks. Despite my love of the associated TV series, I can’t see myself diving in to George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series anytime soon.

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I read predominantly for pleasure, to unwind and to escape. My tastes reflect this. I’m unlikely to pick up the latest literary fiction masterpiece no matter that it has as many layers as an onion and is making an important political statement or comment on society.

I love and repeatedly devour some classic books over and over but I’m not ashamed to admit that I like the prodomenty romantic works of Austin and the Bronte sisters. I read and enjoyed Stienbek in school, but Its not one I imagine snuggling down on my sofa to read with a chocolate digestive and a cuppa. If you enjoy War and Peace with your pinot that cool, but Tolstoy is not my bag.

Do you know what, thats ok. We are all different, we read for different reasons, and our interests are sparked by different things.

What I am really embarrassed about are my book collecting tendencies. Part magpie (attracted to all the pretty things), part dragon (hoarding all of the books), not only have I not read these ten fantastically hyped books, I have not read these ten fanatically books that I own!

In no particular order
eleanor and parkgraceling
a discovery of witchesshadow and bonemaya dyer
angelfallpantomimePercy jacksonthe askpeter pan

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How do you manage your TBR?
My current strategy is to pile them all on to their very own bookcase behind a door and then pile laundry in front of it! Ok I confess thats more of a house keeping fail than a well though out strategy.

How do you decide which books you are going to read next and which you will save for a “rainy day”?

Which of these books do you think I need to bump to the top of my reading list?

Are you also part magpie, part dragon or are you ruthless in the management of your TBR?

Are there any books that you have resigned yourself to never read?

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