Monday, 30 April 2007

Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

This is the story of Tami, who receives the gift from her parents of a small bottle of American sand and a plane ticket to America. Such simple gifts, but with a very special meaning. Tami flies to America, on the flight she removes her hejab and has a glass of wine, both actions are forbidden in Iran. Tami has about to start a new chapter in her life, and to do so, she must marry within 3 months, or return to Iran. Tami meets a group through her English language classes and Ike, who works at the local Starbucks. She starts to build her life, always aware that the clock on her visa is ticking. She meets two men, who will marry her,but each in their own way wish to control her just as as though they would be in Iran. Just as it appears that Tami will have to return to Iran, she is presented with a situation that enables her to follow her heart.

For me this was a very reflective storyline. It enables me to appreciate how lucky I am to live in a different and free society and like all good books, this will remain with me for some time to come.

Meme!

snaffled from Beebarf on Live Journal

I am a
Canna


What Flower
Are You?


Sunday, 29 April 2007

Book Meme

Snaffled from Caffyolay on Live Journal

Hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Either

Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Any bookshop is wonderful!

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Book mark or anything to prevent me from dog-earing a page. I've even been know to use loo roll!

Amazon or brick and mortar?

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Usually by size of book

Keep, throw away or sell?
Usually keep

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
With dust jacket

Short story or novel?
Novel

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Harry Potter

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Both

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
"It was a dark and stormy night"

Buy or borrow?
Buy or perhaps a book ring.

New or used?
Either, I buy both

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendations or browse?
All of these

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Depends on the book.

Morning reading, afternoon reading, night-time reading?
Whenever possible! - If I find the book totally gripping I will read and read until finished then feel quite sad that it is finished!

Stand-alone or series?
Both, but I do like to read a series back to back

Favourite series?
I'm greedy, and having more than one - Books by Jennifer Chiaverini, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Diana Gabaldon & Harry Potter

Favourite children's book?
Spiderwick Chronicles

Favourite YA book?
Not sure

Favourite book of which nobody else has heard?
THE SAMPLER (A Miscellany of other people’s lives) by Judith S. Campbell

Favourite books read last year?
STRENGTH WITHIN: THE GRANGER CHRONICLES by Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith

THE PIANO SHOP ON THE LEFT BANK by Thad Carhart


Favourite books of all time?

Floating Brothel by SIan Rees & A town like Alice by Neville Shute

Least favourite book finished last year?
THE SALT LETTERS by Christine Balint

What are you reading right now?
Just finished Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

What are you reading next?
Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik

Favourite book to recommend to an eleven-year old?
Harry Potter series

Favourite book to reread?
Too many to mention

Do you ever smell books?
Yes!

Do you ever read Primary source documents?
Yes

Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz

I really enjoyed this book. It was the mix of travel and history, intermingled with good humour. The author follows the trail of Captain Cook, from Tahiti through to New Zealand,Botony Bay,The Great Barrier Reef,Savage Island,Tonga,North Yorkshire, London, Alaska and Hawaii. This book is truely history brought alive.

Buried treasure: travels through the jewel box by Victoria Finlay

I did enjoy this book; it was a steady combination of history,travel,geology and social anthropology. It was a very informative book, but I did find, like the previous reader of the book ring, that the author was fairly clinical about how she pulled the threads of the book together, but nonetheless, I did find the book interesting.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

A Gentle Madness : Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas Basbanes

I have had this book much too long (it arrived in January!), but I have devoured it slowly! This arrived but remained as home reading because of its lack of portability. What a wonderful read, and I have just purchased my own copy of this super book. I especially enjoyed reading of the library of Samuel Pepys, and the historical aspect of how libraries became established.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Homework, Week 16, 2007: Vivid Memories

Describe the clearest, most vivid memory of your childhood.....

I consider myself to be lucky; I can remember back to the age of about 3 years old. Visiting my Great Grandmother, She was poorly, mainly due to being elderly, when I was 3 years old, she would have been 93. She would invite me to sit on her bed and cuddle up, which once I was lifted onto the bed, I of course did. She was fun great grandma and always had time for me, even though I must have exhausted her! She would sit, leaning against 3 or 4 pillows with a beaming smile. She had a rounded face and her silvery hair pulled back into a bun. I don't remember her passing away, or even being aware that I was no longer visiting her.

I have some super photos of her, but this one is my favourite.



Sitting down is my great great Grandmother Caroline Harris, nee Ellis (born 1844) with four of her children, Annie (far left) was my great grandmother, along with her sisters Mabel, Kate and Rose.


Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management by Mark Forster

A fascinating read, with some useful concepts for time management and clearing those backlogs! Written in simple and easy to understand language.

- Be able to declare a ‘backlog’ of work

- Be aware that having a priority list can be an excuse for being reactive to so-called emergency tasks and leaving ‘less important’ tasks until whenever

- Be disciplined and ordered, and have systems and stick to them

- Being on top of work is important and desirable, as it allows for a better work home balence

- Closed Lists are much better than open-ended ‘to do’ lists...better to have a smaller contained ‘will do’ checklist

- Little-and-often gets the job done!

- Starting is the hardest part and once you have the rest is easy!

Saturday, 14 April 2007

Today's Guardian Supplement

The UK newspaper ,"The Guardian" (Saturday) has a 92-page supplement on Family History. Aimed at beginners, it guides the way to take research further.

Read the online version

Happy reading!

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Who Do You Think You Are?

The Society of Genealogist Fair have teamed to host the Who Do you think you are ? Live



The entrance fee has increased from £8 to £20 per person, but there is a special offer on at the moment of 2 for £20 + a £1.30 service charge. The venue has changed this year and is the price includes the costs of any of the workshops. (To get the special ticket price you need to book by 22nd April)

I've been pondering if to attend. I usually make the effort to the usual SOG fair at the beginning of May and tie it in with a small dollop of retail therapy at Guildford and see some relatives. Hubby doesn't think he'll come to the venue, which happens to be Olympia this year, but will go fishing at a fishery he has been itching to try.

Are there any other Genealogical Book Crossers going?

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Books With Stories

I spotted this on Flickr. Fascinating blog, all about old books - perfect!

Monday, 9 April 2007

More Katie Fforde's!

Catching up on my Journaling and Live Journaling. I read these three last month, they were a poor attempt to reduce mount TBR!

Stately Pursuits by Katie Fforde

Hetty goes to housesit for Great Uncle Samuel, the house is falling apart, and Samual's heir has plans for the rambling house, but after meeting Hetty can he follow them through?.......



Wild Designs by Katie Fforde

After losing her job, Althea decides to develop her passion for gardening. When she wins the opportunity to design a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show - with the unexpected help of gorgeous architect Patrick Donahugh - it looks as though she may have unearthed a new man as well as a new career.



Life Skills by Katie Fforde

A combination of overwork and jet-leg propel Julia Fairfax into becoming engaged to a golf-playing wine buff called Oscar. When she realises that she has fonder feelings for his adorable Labrador than for Oscar himself, she is forced to confront the fact that there is something drastically wrong. So, she ditches her fiance, jacks in her job and decides to revolutionise her life…

Her new career as a cook on a pair of hotel boats is certainly a departure, and teaches her more about life than how to get a couple of narrow boats through a lock. But even afloat Julia's past catches up with her. Not only must she contend with the persistent Oscar (not to mention his frightful mother and her own mother's determined matchmaking), but also the arrival of her childhood enemy, the enigmatic Fergus Grindley

Sunday, 8 April 2007

Saturday, 7 April 2007

Hestercombe Gardens


Hestercombe Gardens 027
Originally uploaded by AnglersRest.













It was a beautiful day so decided to take advantage of the great weather and visit Hestercombe Gardens (http://www.hestercombegardens.com) in Cheddar Fitzpaine near Taunton. This is one of my favourite photos and is of Mum and Stuart in the gardens.

Sunday, 1 April 2007

Lucinda's Secret Book 3 of Spiderwick Chronicle by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Another great little book in this series; full of wonderful words such as boggart! I've not read the second book in the series, but it was easy enough to fill the gaps from the first book.

Kids these days are so lucky with these lovely books.

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