Book Bingo: Jackpot

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Hey everybody, Bingo!!

Fourway Bingo!

Bingooooooooooooooo!

I still have six more boxes to do but I figured since I started this Bingo Card on January 31, I still have a month to go ūüôā No pressure, I’ve got plenty of time.

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Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent.

When I decided to read this, I had been devouring a lot of fantasy novels, however this novel proved to be above and beyond all that I had been reading. Family of Lies: Sebastian is a high fantasy book that follows the journey of Sebastian, a snarky wizard who unbeknownst to him, saves a Prince’s life.

For me, the best part of this novel is Sebastian himself. The character is just so snarky and wonderful, you will find it difficult not to sit there with a big silly grin on your face. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny, high fantasy novel that makes you laugh almost as much as it makes your sigh.

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Book Bingo: It’s almost a year!

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I can’t believe it, my year is almost up! I started this in February and now have four months left to read ten books. With this in mind, this post is a super rushed catch up.

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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

I read this book for my book club and was surprised. I had always envisioned what the book was about from the descriptions other people have given me. It was nothing like any of them. I can say that I did not enjoy this book, however it was interested to finish the book and research the history and context surrounding the book being banned.

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Book Bingo: Three in one

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This post is a mixed bag as I read¬†The Big Over Easy a few months ago but only just recently finished¬†Love for the cold-blooded and Very Good Lives. Additionally I am in the middle of choosing a few books to fit in the categories as well as finally getting around to reading my previously chosen ones (New Poet I’m looking at you).

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The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

I have previously read this book many years ago and liked it so much that I picked it for my book club choice. The book is my second hang read as I picked up my copy at a local book shop, the copy is a particularly large one which is itself large print. I usually dislike reading large print books but for the $2 that I paid for the book, I gladly put up with it.

If you have never read Fforde before, you will be surprised by the intertwining and extremely nuanced plots at play. I found with this book, that there were lots of little nods and jokes made about nursery rhymes and other such tales, some I got some I didn’t pick up until later when the reference was unmissable.

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Book Bingo: Double whammy!

Book Bingo - with stampsI originally had a good reading month in June, with two books on the bingo card, however an extended break and shift into full time work has seen me neglect the blog. I have read plenty of books after these two and I am sure some of at the very least one of these will somehow feature in the next book blog update. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books and even better I have a few sequels of one of them!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I read this book for my book club and absolutely loved it! The book is such a weird mish-mash of ideas that somehow all come together and just work! The story is, as you may have guessed, a Cinderella retelling, however it is one that is set in a dystopic New Beijing with the role of Cinderella being played by a¬†cybernetically enhanced girl named Cinder. Throw in some ‘magical’ people from Mars, a Black Death like plague and enough family dramas to sill a soap opera and you have the pleasure that is, Cinder. I highly recommended that anyone and everyone pick up this book and give it a read!

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Book Bingo: Four in One

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It’s been almost two months since last updating so I have a few more books to cross off the bingo card. Over all this batch of books has been a bit all over the place, I’ve had books I loved, books I hated but mainly the books are ones that I would not have normally read except for the bingo card.

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Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

To say that this book was unpleasant would be an understatement. It is not that the book is bad, it is more that the book is very depressing, it is from a depressing era (the actual Depression) and is quite upfront with the tragedies that have befallen the people who write into Miss Lonelyheart. The book was quite unsettling and upsetting, after having put it down I have every intention of repressing my memories, here is hoping I can make Miss Lonelyhearts a true forgotten classic.

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Small Snippet of February

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To be honest, February has flown by for me. While certainly the days may have dragged in places, every time I look at the calendar I am surprised to see how far along in the month we are. So without further adieu, I present yo you a Small Snippet of February.

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Despite posting one picture and a description in the Small Snippet of January, it has taken me a month to dismantle my first Lego creation. The second of the three in one Treehouse Creator box is a small Beach hut? The house was very fun to build and looks so pretty!

I think I may make this a reoccurring snippet. Leave the pretty Lego structure on display for a month and then start the next one. So look forward to next months Lego creation which is the most advanced of the three, a tree house.

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Book Bingo: Hamish Steele’s Pantheon

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I did not anticipate writing a little review for each book I read but as soon as I finished Hamish Steele’s Pantheon I knew I had to write about it. While I will not be writing a post for each book that I read, I will be posting updates¬†on my progress (if I have made any) in the last week of each month.So keep your eyes¬†peeled for those posts and if I read any more books that blow me away I will write a longer post about it.

Happy reading!

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Screen_Shot_2014-10-17_at_20.34.40Hamish Steele’s Pantheon: The True Story of the¬†Egyptian¬†Deities.

I just want to start out by saying that Hamish Steele’s Pantheon is hilarious!

All throughout the 179 page graphic novel, I had a wide smile on my face.

The Pantheon is a graphic adaptation of Egyptian myths which include the Creation story, the phallus of Osiris and the conflict between Horus and Set. Steele starts the book with a forward where he discusses his source information and states that he has tried to stay as faithful as possible. Pantheon not only delivers on these stories but it does so in an incredibly entertaining, funny and beautiful way.

The graphic novel falls under the self published category as the project was originally a Kickstarter campaign. I myself contributed and as happy as I was that the project was funded, am overjoyed at the final product I received. It was such an amazing feeling to get to the end of the book and see my name in the backers section.

The writing, art and humour on display in this book is nothing short of genius. The pace of each page flows smoothly and the humour (which is very adult, so not recommended for kiddies) jumps off the page. The style of the art is beautiful, with the simple lines belying the incredible skill of Steele. Pantheon had me laughing out loud, gasping in happy shock (please see page 107) and learning.

I am so happy that I was able to contribute to the creation of this book in some small way. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, I would highly recommend it!

 

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Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library.

I am part of a book club where each member gets to pick which book we all read. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami was my pick for the month, however since the book club only meets at the end of each month I will be keeping my lips sealed until after the meet up.

Although since, as with the blog, if I didn’t enjoy the book I probably wouldn’t include it, so there is a hint as to my feelings ūüėČ