Thursday 14 May 2009

A bit of this and that.

I thought I would let you know that I have started reviewing some books for an American group. The blog is called You Gotta Read It and is situated here.

Each week, you get a choice of books that you can choose to review. It is kind of a grab and go kind of situation, but you can share good books too with other reviewers. I am pretty sure they are still looking for other reviewers, so if you are interested I would suggest leaving a note in the comments.

The books are quite varied and a few have a high sexual content, which does not really appeal to me, but I just can't resist a new book!

They are mainly in PDF format, so you just download them on the PC and read them from there. If I get to really enjoy it, I may need to invest in an IReader, though I have no idea which one I would buy, so any ideas from anyone using them, do let me know.

This won't affect the other books I read, so I will still be working through my challenges and reading similar books to everyone else. It will not affect my blog, as I love that too much too.

I am presently reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, which I am just loving to bits. I have also ordered from the library The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig, which after reading such rave reviews I am eager to read.

I am having a funny old week as I really haven't had a lot of time to be on the computer. I have some of my family staying and we have been out everyday, going for long walks and shopping trips, so I have been really busy. At least it will help the weight loss, which is 1lb off of 1 and 1/2 stone - so keep your fingers crossed for me today that it comes off.

The kids and I have all had flu like symptoms this week, which has really dragged, but are now feeling much better. I have to say I have been afraid to tell people that I have been sick as they draw away from so quickly, concerned that really I might just have swine flu and I am keeping it from them in order to silently spread it. Paranoia or what!

I am participating in Alaines 15 Minute Challenge which can be found here. I am not doing very well this week, as all I managed to do was clean my conservatory windows on Monday. I really should have waited to start this challenge on Monday when my house goes back to normal. I promise Alaine to start properly on Monday. Check out the giveaway Alaine has on her blog too.

Talking of blog giveaways, Naida is celebrating her 2nd blogaversary and is giving away three lovely books worldwide. If you want to wish her a happy blogaversary and enter her competition then you will find it here.

Thanks for listening to me natter on - off to prepare dinner! Chicken korma here I come!


  1. I would so want a reader too, I struggle with my ebooks for weeks on my pc. Eeek one is up for a review soon and I just finished my last one

  2. Hope next week returns to normal for you, I've also had family staying & obviously that's wonderful but something has to give & usually it's computer time or reading or challenges. After getting off to a flying start, I've done nothing extra in the 15 min challenge LOL. Had enough trouble getting the basics completed!

  3. Sorry to hear about your flu. I hope you'll feel better soon.

    Enjoy your review stint with the group! :D

  4. That flu-ey illness is horrid. Hope you feel better soon.

    I don't know about specific i-readers, but I do have an ipod touch and I have downloaded an i-reader app on it. It's good actually - really handy and easy to read on it, which surprised me a bit. I couldnt imagine not having actual paper to read from, but it's fine. Let me know if you want me to show it to you.

  5. I totally enjoy your blog and thanks for stopping by mine. I just started reviewing books for the group as well. My first was Wanton Wager which was extrememly "hot" and I usually read more "mild" romance novels. I too cannot resist a new book and really wanted a chance to review and see where that takes me. I also have another blog called which is where you will find my book challenges. I hope to read 50 this year too!

  6. Twizzlers are chewy candy sticks that looks twist-y. Strawberry is the most common flavor, though they also make licorice--in fact, if you know what licorice is that's probably the best comparison I could make for texture...

    So what's Chicken korma?

  7. I'm glad you're feeling much better. I was reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society but had to return it to the library. I plan on starting over soon. Good luck with your weight loss and the 15-minute challenge!


  8. Feel better!

    I've been wanting to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. It sounds great.

  9. Sorry you haven't been feeling well (me either! different reasons of course) and glad to hear things are getting better! Sounds like fun, reading free books. I'm not sure about reading things from a .pdf file though. I've downloaded two in the past but still haven't managed to look at them yet even though one is a book that really sounds fantastic.

  10. The book review blog sounds like a fun way to get some new books. Enjoy :O)
    Sorry to hear you and the kids were feeling sick. Oh gosh, everyone is paranoid about Swine Flu. If someone coughs at work, theres guaranteed someone else mentioning swine flu :P


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