Not Enough Bookshelves: December 2008

Thursday, 18 December 2008

BTT – Generosity

Do you give books as gifts?

To everyone?

Or only to select people?

How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?


To people I know who like reading or if I read a particular book that I think someone else will just love. I seem to be quite good a matching people and books, or at least that’s what I’m told!

I love getting books as gifts but I really love vouchers!

Thursday, 4 December 2008


I have not reviewed a book since September! I am appalled with myself. So some very quick books reviews of my favourites from the last few months.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Utterly gripping and intense, it drags you into it’s alternative world from the first page and makes everything there completely believable.

I was so tense the whole time I was reading it, seriously I know authors are meant to put their characters through hell and all but Suzanne Collins really does a number on Katniss, it just doesn’t stop for the poor girl.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

Strange name, excellent book. I wasn’t sure about the concept as the whole book is told in letters but I absolutely loved it. It’s set in occupied Guernsey during WWII and it really made the period come alive.

The Miracle at Speedy Motors – Alexander McCall Smith

I was getting kind of tired of these books but I think i read too many to close together becasue I liked this one. All AMS trademarks are here and it is a nice gentle tale.

His Dark Materials (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) – Philip Pullman

This was a re-read and I can not say how much I ADORE these books (The Subtle Knife is my very favourite). The world Pullman creates is so rich in detail, his imagination is sweeping and his story telling skills amazing. I love the way he weaves so many big, important ideas into a incredibly exciting page turner. Read them, I guarantee if nothing else you’ll want a demon!

More soon!

Favourites – BTT

1. Do you have a favourite author?

I have many but I’ll try and narrow it down – Philip Pullman, Kate Atkinson, Nancy Mitford, Jane Austen, Philippa Gregory.

2. Have you read everything he or she has written? and 3. Did you LIKE everything?

Philip Pullman – yes although nothing compares to the His Dark Materials Series

Kate Atkinson – Yes and I love them all

Nancy Mitford – The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate are two of my favourite books of all time but the others I’m not to keen on

Jane Austen – Yes P&P and S&S are my favourites though.

Philippa Gregory – working my way through but so far I really love everything she has done.

4. How about a least favourite author?

I’m really not keen psychological thrillers.

5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?

I really wanted to like Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield but I just didn’t.

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