Monday, 30 January 2012

Vice & Virtue - Veronica Bennett

I first saw this book on a Goodreads newsletter and was drawn to the cover straight away, mostly because of the unusual title and tagline.
I have heard of Veronica Bennett before having read her book Cassandra's Sister many times from the library before.
So by finding out that she had released another book, I was intrigued. And again, so when I noticed a copy in my local library (they are real fans of Veronica Bennett aren't they?!), I snapped it up and ran over to join my friend.
I must admit, I was a little worried about this book. Example A: the cover - it was too pink for me and Example B: although I liked the story, Cassandra's Sister, it is far from being my favourite and the last time I read it, I didn't enjoy it THAT much.
So when starting this book, my expectations were hardly high - which is probably a good thing.

Synopsis: The year is 1700, London. A city so crowded and unregulated, it is easy to slip away and become someone else. Much like Aurora finds herself having to do. After the death of her father and being the oldest child, she has to marry for wealth. So when Edward Francis comes and proclaims his love for her with a great fortune - although in poor health - she cannot refuse. But that night, she finds out his secret to marrying her. Here she enters a world of deceit, lies, etiquette and murder.

Review: I'm not quite sure about this book. I cannot say I absolutely loved this book, because I didn't. But then I didn't completely detest this book either.

The concept is interesting. Aurora comes from a rather lower class family, who has only really made their money from her mother's business. She is the eldest daughter of 3 girls, so she needs to marry well in order to help her mother and younger sisters. However, Aurora is clever, witty and knows what is morally right so she isn't JUST going to marry anyone. Until really Edward comes along and she feels she is forced into marrying him because of a deathly illness. Great plan, right? She marries a man who, although she does not know him, is in love with her from afar and marrying him will please him, and then when he does die, she will have her own fortune and estate which she can live on for the rest of her life - sounds a good idea, even if she doesn't love him, right?
Well. I won't spoil it but basically, Edward marries Aurora, not only because he really does love her, but because he wants her to become someone else, 'Miss Drayton', get into the upper class society and become friendly with a certain family in order to find the truth out for him about his father's last deed. So, not such a great idea now.

I think it is the concept that drew me in, as well as knowing of this author before. The story itself is well thought out and becomes almost like a mystery that you desperately want to find out the truth of. However, once this novel gets started, it really starts to take shape. The beginning I found was lacking something, although I was intrigued, like Aurora, from the first sentence, I wasn't totally interested or wanting to know the whole story straight away.  It isn't really until Edward reveals his secret that I was like 'Whoa - where is this going?'. The story does go on to be better than the beginning and the ending really rounds the book off well.

The characters themselves are delightful and add to the treachery and deceit that fills this novel. Every single character in this novel has a secret or something in them that they mostly hide until the very end. For Aurora, this is her marriage to Edward - as an example. The characters of Celia and Joe were, as a reader, kind of start wanting them to be your friends because they seem so perfect (although Celia is way too whiny and demanding at points). Joe, well, if you wanted a guy that every girl swooned over although he is a bad boy, this is your man. The way Bennett describes him is so vivid.
Aurora herself was a lovely voice to listen to. She was clever and not silly like Celia but she was also girly and as a female myself, I enjoyed her descriptions of the luxury and clothing. Edward, at the beginning, I was positioned not to like him that much but by the end, I got used to his nature.

Although, ultimately, this is a historical book, there is also hints of mystery and romance. The mystery is not THAT great really. Although I wanted to find out the truth, I wasn't put on edge constantly (although the culprit at the end is rather surprising, I must say, the person is found out halfway through so it's not very mystery near the end). The romance was underplayed and displayed nearer the end of the book, but because of the situation for it, it was done perfectly and subtly.

Now we come to why I'm not sure if I enjoyed it. I liked the characters, the concept, the romance and mystery but I didn't totally love this book. Why? Well, like I found Cassandra's Sister, this was just flat. I felt  no strong emotions, I did not have an attachment for Aurora nor did I feel on edge in the mystery or romance. I just didn't feel anything at all.
This book is good for the different aspects that make up most novels but ultimately, when it comes to the book as a whole, it is just flat. I would recommend this book to anyone will an interest in mystery/romance/history. You will enjoy it but it won't be your favourite.
Verdict: Good book but not one to be remembered.

I give it a 4 out of 5

Author's Website:
Pages: 224
Publisher: Walker
Challenges: BBC, Historical Fiction

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Blogging Resolutions 2012

Okay, so I know this is a little over due but I have just remembered/had time/thought about writing this post.
Cast your mind back to the beginning of January (I know, that DOES seem ages ago).
I created a post entitled 'Create my Blogging Resolutions'. The subject? I got my followers to fill in a form telling me what they enjoyed, did not enjoy or wanted from my blog this year.
Basically....these are the results.

1) 'What website do you take the covers of books from?'
Well...I am a bit bad really. If I haven't disclaimed that they are my own photographs that I have taken, they are normally from a Google Images search. I don't really know how else I can do this but if you type the name of
the book in question onto Google, the picture I use is normally the 1st or 2nd one.

2) 'You tend to be soft on judging books. Even when you have issues, most books get at least 3/5, which is better than 50%, even though what you say sounds worse'
If I'm honest, I totally agree and I'm aware of that. I am like this because I feel bad to give a book a 1 or 2 if there was some aspect that I did enjoy.
RESOLUTION: I will try to be as honest with my marking of the book out of 5 as I can. If I really slag a book off, then it will now be definitely around a 1/2 instead of the real lowest being around 3. Most books I review are around 4/4.5 but I will really think about whether they are this high also.

3) Style of Language: 'could be more proper'
I know I know - this is something I am bad at. When writing essays at college, I absolutely hate it because I prefer to write more casually, and when you have a blog where YOU decide everything - it's like talking to my best friend sometimes with the language.
RESOLUTION: I will still be casual with my language but I will make sure I am not either rambling, going off on a tangent or sound like I'm talking to my mum.

4) 'You could individualise the layout a bit, and modernise it, if you like. Make it reflect your personality though. Are you a flowery person, then add romantic little curlicues. Are you a straightforward kind of person, make things have straight corners, and a simple color scheme. The blog is an extension of you, let it show!'
As you would have noticed if you are a regular follower, I have changed the layout already (I hope you like it!) I find designing on Blogger difficult so I usually end up with something plain.
RESOLUTION: I have been looking at tutorials on how to improve the look of a blog from others that are more expert that me. I am also in the process of making a header at the top with the name, Rebecca-Books like normally seen on blogs (If you have any tips or hints, please tell me!!)

5) 'There's a lot of boxes, and the boxes I find cute, but there's so many of them that it doesn't look pretty anymore. If you could collect some of the items on a new page instead, maybe that would help.'
Hmm...the sidebar has always been a problem for me. But I think it was the old layout that used boxes for every single item added to the sidebar - it does look different now.
RESOLUTION: I will look at what I do and don't need on the sidebar and see if I can put the images on a different page instead e.g. the challenges.

6) 'I love the reviews being collected on one page because I can look up specific ones without needing to hunt through your posts. On the other hand, if your blog had a search function, that would be handy too - not just to look for reviews, but also other things you post about.'
Can I just say I love you whoever wrote this comment - you are my favourite person right now.
RESOLUTION: There is a way to search the site on the Blogger bar right at the top of the page. But I know you can add a Search widget, so I shall include it on my sidebar.

I also love the person who wrote 'AMAZING!!' for what they thought of my blog in general. You Rock.

So what do you think? Do you have anything else to add that you think should be improved? Do you agree/disagree?

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Tuesday Top Ten: Most Anticipated Book Adaptations of 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week is a FREEBIE so I decided to do this one which was a past 'Top Ten Tuesday' topic before I joined the programme. Also, sorry for missing so many of these, I have been quite busy recently with college work and keep forgetting about these on a Tuesday!

These are just the ones I'm looking forward to. If you would like a full list for the year 2012, click here :) 


Needless I say anymore? I love this book, I love the idea and I am so looking forward to seeing it being adapted for the screen.

2. Mirror, MirrorSnow White and the Huntsman

I'm surprised they're releasing two big Hollywood movies about the same book around the same time. Both of these set to be amazing and very different from one another. Snow White is such a lovely adaptable story so it will be interesting to see how each movie tells the story.

4. Les Miserables
Okay, so this hasn't actually been made yet but it is supposed to be released in 2012. I mean Amanda Seyfrield, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter - all in one movie? I'm there.


Filming finished. Teaser photographs. AH I WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE. It's annoying because I'm studying this novel now but it is will be released in December after my exam. But I shall be dragging my friends to go and see this. This looks set to be amazing. And my cousin is in it!

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Watson. Just. Emma Watson. 
This book was..erm...interesting when I read it and as Stephan Chboksy is directing this film as well, it could still be...erm, interesting. AH EMMA WATSON. 

7. Great Expectations
After watching the BBC adaptation of this Dicken's book, I fell in love with this story - I mean, Havisham, Pip- oh Pip. Recently I found out that they is going to be a Hollywood version of this novel starring Helena Bonham Carter as Havisham- so, watch this space. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

VIII - H.M.Castor

Henry VIII is someone I think no-one could live without knowing, especially here in the UK. I am actually studying him in History right now. As my teacher asked what do we know about Henry, we replied in an unplanned unison : 'He had six wives' and then burst into laughter.

But yes. Henry did have six wives. And yes, two were beheaded, two were divorced, one died and one survived, as the song goes. He fathered three children - Edward, Mary and of course, Elizabeth I - another monarch that no-one could live without knowing of.

So this was why I was interested in this book. After reading the back cover, the writer pronounced that this was her interpretation of Henry. It is true, a man whose father had fought in civil war and the fact, Henry was technically not supposed to be king (he was Henry VII's second son, his brother Arthur died before succession) - how did he grow up to be this ruthless, beheading, wife and son wanting man?
That is essentially was H.M.Castor explored.

Synopsis: The story follows Hal, a young, handsome, gifted youth who after overhearing some prophecies, believes he has been chosen by God to be King. Soon events unfold that lead to this becoming true. But he is haunted by the facts of his family's bloody past and once, he rises to power, he will do anything to make them go away and to secure his throne like those before had not - even if it means cruelty of murder. This is H.M.Castor's version of Henry VIII - Destined for greatness, tormented by demons.

Review: Wow. Just, erm, wow.
The last couple of days I have been incredibly ill, like 'I am not moving from this bed' ill. So one of the only forms of entertainment was reading and boy, when you have a gripping novel like this, it is easy to spend 3 hours reading continuously.

Like I said above, I know a LOT about Henry VIII, like probably the rest of the country, and more recently, the period of history leading up to his reign. Before his reign, as it is referenced to, there was the War of the Roses, a civil war in England that was basically caused by 'over-mighty nobles' or plainer, some nobles who had a lot of power and influence getting annoyed at the king and trying to overthrow him. This was an unsettling time for England with the chop and change of about 3 different kings. It only ended when Henry VIII's father, Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth and went on to secure the dynasty and prevent another civil war in the future.

Having just learn all that in History for my exam last week, it was so refreshing to read it in this book, knowing exactly who and what their referring to. I think it just showed that this lady really did her researching and this book is throughout wonderfully detailed, but simple to understand the events of the time.

One thing I, of course, do not know about Henry VIII is his personality. We can guess from the palaces and paintings that he was extravagant, ruthless and, well, fat. But H.M.Castor has cleverly shown us her Henry, a man who HAS to be these things in order to achieve what he wants desperately: Empire and Sons. She hasn't tried to copy others or do the most accepted view of him. She hasn't tried to be clever and complicated about his character. She simply charts how he came to power and how this affected his behaviour. I liked this simplicity and I was never perplexed by his actions and the narrative she includes. With Henry being renamed Hal, she shows that this is could be anyone, that he is not the conventional Henry VIII but one of the potential characters he could have been - if that makes sense.

The writing is both descriptive and imaginative. There are times when she becomes a true writer and writes some beautiful things. At times, I could vividly imagine the narrative with the elaborate dresses and rooms, his behaviour and felt his desire for an Empire and Sons. At other times, Castor sums up the events or the thoughts at the time in a sentence rather than a paragraph as other writers do.
There is seriously nothing I can fault about this book. I found the battle scenes a tad boring but that is just me, and they do not drag on and on for chapters, like many other Historical Fiction books do.

Hal as a protagonist was interesting and was so engaging to see the change in him from being a boy to being a fully grown male king and of course the turn to ruthlessness. The contrast between the man we leave at the end of the book from the beginning is quite significant so there is a definite character change in this book. Although the story is centred around Hal, we also get a favour for his relationship and the personalities of his close family, including his wives. We see Anne Boleyn as this manipulative woman, Catherine of Aragon - a lady I started to really like and the struggle of Hal deciding whether to put his future son or his love first. The kindness and innocence of Jane Seymour, Hal's famous disgust to Anne of Cleves, the deceit and two faced Katherine Howard and the perfect, careful, caring wife of Katherine Parr - the wife I am so glad lived on after reading.

In short, this book is brilliant, jam-packed of historical detail, research and true events. Castor has shown Hal well, made him a unique character in the shoes of Henry VIII's. This book has a wonderful pace and tone where, as a reader, I felt a mixture of emotions for the characters - hatred, fear, happiness - everything. Although Hal is Henry, I felt like I was becoming him too when I read this. The ending is by far perfect for me and I anticipate anything else by this marvellous writer.
I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in Tudors or history iin general - no, I would recommend this to anyone. An example of the detail involved? After finishing this book and going back to college, I was the only one to get full marks in test on Henry VIII, thanks to this book.
Verdict: Just read it, I bet you enjoy it.

I give it a 5 out of 5

Author's Website:
Pages: 391
Publisher: Templar
Challenges: BBC, Historical Fiction

Monday, 16 January 2012

Death Comes to Pemberley - P.D.James

So I am a sucker for things associated with Pride and Prejudice - modern takes, inspired by her works mostly. However, I have never read a book that continues the story of her books. In fact, I think it is mostly because I think she would turn in her grave, cringing at people imitating her and trying to add things that, in her mind, never happened.
However, this book fell into my hands.
Working at a book shop, I see what is popular with people and this one was. I learnt that P.D.James is a well known, celebrated crime writer who has won awards and when I saw this copy in my college library, I decided to give it a go, I mean, I love takes on Pride and Prejudice and a mystery with Wickham - seeing the relationships of Elizabeth and Darcy and Jane and Bingley - that is like my ideal book, maybe...

Synopsis: The year is 1803 and both Elizabeth and Jane have been married for exactly six years. With two healthy sons, a stable relationship and Jane very nearby, Elizabeth is comfortable and happy with the life she chose. However, this is all threatened when, on the eve of Pemberley's annual ball, a chaise appears in the middle of a storm, carrying Lydia, their sister, shouting that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered. Suddenly, there is a race to find the truth and the tranquil of Pemberley is ruined. Who is the killer and what other dark secrets are there underneath the niceties?

Review: When I got this book, I had a look on Goodreads to see what people said as I knew little about it. There have been rather mixed reviews, admittingly mostly negative ones. But I decided to go on and read this as I thought it might be interesting and different to read.
Oh lord, is all I can say. I enjoyed parts of this but as it took me a month to read and I just...I don't really know what to think if I'm honest. This is one of those book that starts amazing...and then gets worse and worse until the end where it's uplifted again - you can tell that authors work on the opening and closing chapters.

Okay, so I'll take you chronologically. The book starts on the eve of the annual great ball of Pemberley, done in honour of the late Mrs Darcy where Elizabeth and Darcy are enjoying an evening with Jane and Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam.
To start off with, I thought I was going to really enjoy this book. From the first chapter, I felt I was being immersed in a the world of Jane Austen all over again, the writing done similarly (yet in a more modern way), the detail and world of the Pemberley really coming alive. I enjoyed the mystery of finding the body and killer, that intense wonder that all good mystery novels normally hold for the reader - I felt that.
However, after this, it started to go down hill.

I cannot say that I despised this book - it was enjoyable in some areas. However, overall, this book...just wasn't for me. The narrative became very slow and cumbersome and started to really drag on.
There were so many characters introduced, I lost touch with how they were and their relationship to the other characters - it got confusing. There was evidence people find that is never mentioned ever again in the story. And the climax of the trial ends abruptedly, 'saving the day' in the nick of time. A character died in the middle and impacts the rest of the story - and I have no idea who that person is.
All these things I felt I was expected to know - like I could read the author's mind. I can tell you, if I didn't know anything about Pride and Prejudice, I would have found this difficult to understand.

This book anticipated and intrigued me and I can understand the reasons for the bad reviews. I know this one is a rather negative one but I just did not enjoy this book at all. I don't know, maybe you will - but I just didn't.
The personalities of the characters we know so well vanished. Darcy was the most less arrogant, proud man I have seen and god, he was a boring point of view. Elizabeth lost that spark and independence so many people love about her character - this book just has that unique, special touch completely missing.

Overall, this book disappointed me and was tedious to read, and for me, it was kind of a waste of time I thought when I ended. What I did enjoy though about this book was the weaving in of the facts of Pride and Prejudice that really echo this story. Any cliffhangers you felt from that book are half answered in this one. This is a very modern take on such a classic novel and to be honest, if I was Jane Austen right now, I would be turning in my grave. P.D.James adds a note at the beginning that she thinks Austen would not have approved of this book - I totally agree.
Verdict: I didn't like it but that doesn't mean no-one should read it.

I give it a 2 out of 5

Author's Website:
Pages: 291
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Challenges: BBC

Book Adaptations 2012

Last year, I created a list of Book Adaptations of 2011 (click here). I decided to create another list for this year. I shall be adding to this when and where I hear about any more this year.
I love book adaptation and there are so many on this list I want to see (HUNGER GAMES!) so when I see them, I'll write a review for you guys if you're deliberating on seeing the movie.

13th - War Horse (starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch)
27th - The Descendants (starring George Clooney, Judy Greer)

10th - The Woman in Black (starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Shaun Dooley)
17th - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn)

16th - Mirror, Mirror (adaptation of Snow White) (starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer)
23rd - The Hunger Games (starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth)



1st - Snow White and the Huntsman (starring Kristen Stewart, Charlie Theron, Chris Hemsworth)

3rd - The Amazing Spider-Man (starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone)
20th - The Dark Knight Rises (starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy)
27th - Dr.Seuss' The Lorax (starring Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White)

3rd - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (starring Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn)
17th - The Bourne Legacy (starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz)

7th - Anna Karenina (starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Emily Watson)
21st - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller)
21st - Now is Good - based on Before I Die (starring Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine)

19th - Cloud Atlas (starring Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant)
26th - Skyfall 007 (starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith)

16th - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Launter)

6th - Great Expectations (starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine)
7th - Les Miserables (starring Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Jackman)
14th - Life of Pi - (starring Suraj Sharma, Tobey Maguire, Gerard Depardieu)
19th - The Hobbit (starring Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom)
26th - The Great Gatsby (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton)

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Video: The Joy of Books

My friend posted this video from YouTube on Facebook and after watching it, I loved it and thought it was something very special and done amazingly. I just look at and think of how many hours must have gone into this - I kind of want to do it myself...

Enjoy and remember There's Nothing Quite Like a Real Book

On My Bookshelf (13)

This meme is inspired by the similar meme, 'In My Mailbox' created by The Story Siren  (I don't have a Mailbox...)

Quite a big few weeks of books actually...I cannot complain!


Enduring Love by Ian McEwan - for English Literature class

My Sister Lives On the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher - in the Waterstone's sale; I have been wanting to read this for so long. 

The Radleys by Matt Haig - Again, I have been intrigued to read this for a while. It will be my first paranormal book actually...


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - I was given the heads up about him signing the first 150K copies for Waterstone's by a friend who works there also. When I went in yesterday, I saw it and kind of swooped over to the shelf and grabbed one in a crazy rush. People did look at me weirdly...
So, it is also signed. And as I looked at all the books on the shelf to see which was in the best condition (I know I'm not the only one), I noticed that this was the only copy that the signature was in purple ink. 

His pen must have run out...

Vice & Virtue by Veronica Bennett - this was borrowed from my local library but I had heard about it before on Goodreads. This is Veronica Bennett's latest book and having read one of hers before, Cassandra's Sister, this should be good.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - I have desperate to read this for AGES. But I could never find a copy, due to it another one of those books that I only saw in America (grrr.) Anyway, talking to my friend (Yes, you Emma!), I don't think she quite realised my wanting to read this book so when she produced it from her bag, I kind of shouted at her desperately 'I will be your best friend if you let me borrow that' or something like that...oh dear. 

That's it! What books did you receive this week? 

Saturday, 14 January 2012

My week has been a little hectic...

This week has been a little hectic since I returned to college.
I had an exam yesterday, my first ever A level exam...and well, I don't particularly want to think about it but let's say I doubt I passed it.

On Monday afternoon, I have my other exam for January, which is History. I am incredibly scared especially as I'm only half way through teaching myself the syllabus (long story).

So yes. I am a neglecter of the blog and yes, thank you 'Anonymous' for that comment on how awful I am at blogging and should just shut the blog down, I so appreciated it and felt happy for the rest of the day all in the comfort of knowing what I already knew. Thanks. So much.

Moving on, I have many new books on my bookshelf and the fact, I've been working in a book store the last month, book are far from rare in my life. I have found a girl in my English Literature class who shares passions for the same sort of books (e.g. she is a MASSIVE John Green fan - oh yes!) which helps.
College is hard, and I know it isn't going to get any easier.

With the pressure of a blog as well, sometimes I wonder why I do everything.
But fear not my followers, this blog will NOT be closing down any time soon, nor will I abandon it.

Rebecca shall be back soon with more books than ever

Have a lovely week :)

Monday, 2 January 2012

Create my Blogging Resolutions

I follow many a blog and I always look at many of them and think 'I wish my blog looked or felt like that'

That may be my personal opinion but I'm never sure if what I'm doing suits everyone or if I'm being confusing or annoying. So, I decided to have a survey.

This survey is just a list of things I am concerned about on Rebecca-Books and would like to address...but not quite sure how. I want to know what my followers actually think about what I do and what I think is good/bad. If you all say, 'Nothing needs to be changed', I will stop worrying - but don't just put that to shut me up because I want to help YOU have a nicer, better experience when visiting.

This is completely anonymous, if you want to put your name at the end, fine, but I'm not making you, because I wouldn't want to.

BE HARSH. I mean it. I want to you to just go for it instead of beating around the bush. If my reviews, for example, annoy you, tell me! Tell me why they annoy you and how I can improve on them.

Don't feel you have to fill in every field, fill in one or all of them, I don't mind. I just want as many people as possible to fill this in for my own personal feedback. This is like my blogging resolution. What you want through this form will be implemented by 2013 - I promise.


Sunday, 1 January 2012

2011 Challenges in Review

Challenges are great - and irritating. I don't take them too seriously but it is annoying when you're 1/2 books away from your goal. Here is how I did in the challenges I was in, in 2011:


I aimed to read around 10 books in the YA Historical Fiction this year. I, however, managed 17 and knocked off 3 to-reads for this genre. Click here to have a look at the books I read. 

I am also competing in this in 2012 so have a look here for the sign-up post on how to get involved if you're interested.


I aimed on this challenge to read 9-12 books all by British Authors. And? Well, I managed 20 overall, which I am very pleased about! I also managed to 5 more books off my to-read list by doing this challenge. Click here to have a look at the books I read.

Again, I am also competing in the 2012 version of this challenge. Click here to see my sign-up post.


I tried so hard to read 50 books in the year of 2011, but failed by TWO BOOKS. Nonetheless, I am proud that I read more books than last year (43). I blame my exams in May/June for it...and Wicked - that was such a long book...